1983 D110 Soft Top with Discovery Drivetrain
If you've ever wondered what would happen if you blended the much newer drivetrain of a Discovery with the ruggedness of the Defender, and added some modern tech on top, here's your answer. A 1997 Discovery was the donor for the engine and transmission swap. The soft top sits on top of an all new roll bar, which might come in handy given the rest of the off-roading improvements at play here. The stereo's been replaced with a modern unit, with everything from nav and a rear view camera, to marine-grade speakers, if you feel like playing in the mud. [More pics...]
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor, and can be found on Twitter. His ideal Defender is a mix of several of these.