SVX is a special edition of the iconic Land Rover Defender, introduced to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the generic British 4×4. The original Land Rover made its debut at the Amsterdam show in 1948 – but the family resemblance between it and the modern Defender is still evident. The SVX is available as both a station wagon and a soft top (tested here), offering British buyers the first opportunity to choose an open-skies Defender for two decades. The SVX shares its mechanical layout with the standard Defender, including the same recently revised 2.4 litre four-cylinder Ford turbodiesel engine, but it gains Recaro seats, big wheels and distinctive brightwork, including a silver coloured grilled and headlamp surround. Only 90 were made in both hard top and convertible for the UK market.
Twisted was born from the passion of one man for this iconic British vehicle. As a child, founder Charles Fawcett was surrounded by Landrover vehicles. His father had been involved in the sale and repair of this rugged vehicle since the 1970’s and ran a 4×4 off-road driving centre. As early as 11 years old, Charles had his own Series 3 pick up, one that didn’t always run. When you’re up to your knees in mud in a North Yorkshire field, with a machine that won’t move, there’s only one course of action – work out how to fix it.
Charles joined the family business in 1995 and in 2000 set up Twisted as a side operation, offering tuning and performance enhancements for the then range of Land Rover 200/300tdi Defender, Discovery and Range Rover.
By 2008 the demand for expert advice and quality modification had grown and Twisted became a full time operation and from 2009 the team focused solely on the Defender.
Twisted Performance parts – Air Flo Intercooler, Typhoon Turbo pipe kit, TDCI Front pipe with Silencer, TDCI Centre bracket, Hurricane Power upgrade & De-limit, TDCI Air filter, 110 Defender Front brakes, Lowered suspension spring kit, Bilstein shocks, Bilstein steering damper
Exterior Package – 20 inch Alloys ‘Sport V Spoke – Satin black, General direction Road Tyres, Gloss black steering guard Alloy, Powder coat Front external cage, Santorini black grille, Santorini top vents, Silver insert side vents, Stainless bolt kit, Satin black side rails
Interior Package – MOMO Millennium 350mm Steering wheel, 48 spline Boss kit, Sound proofing mid down, LR Rear seats + Certificate of Conformity
External cage, Recaro seats, Garmin Nav, AC, Heated seats, 12v socket, Cup holders, Electric windows, Spare wheel
Based on the short-wheelbase 90, this is the Land Rover Defender SVX; a special edition built to celebrate Land Rover’s 60th anniversary. A rare car has been made unique with a full Twisted conversion to compliment the model specific bodywork.
A cosmetic overhaul retains the best features of the brutal SVX with a number of exterior features now colour coded with the external cage, grille and side rails all now in body colour. The satin 60th Anniversary graphics are now not only joined by SVX badging but also now proudly bear the name of the Twisted brand.
Side vents now have a silver insert while the top vents aside the bonnet have also been colour coded. Paintwork is exceptionally clean and consistent throughout.
Step up via the non-slip running boards into the choice of two very different worlds – total open air or cocooned via tonneau. Equipped with unmarked Recaro half leather seats this go-anywhere 4×4 features other useful mod-cons with front and rear heated windscreens, AC and front heated seats as well as Garmin Nav. All of which work quickly and effectively; essential in winter conditions. The spare wheel has been relocated to the back of the car to now accommodate a rear bench.
The upgraded Alpine audio system works as it shpuld with easily accessible slots for your favoured MP3 devices.
A new design of hood was used, sloping down towards the rear over a jointed folding frame, unlike the standard square-framed hood used on other soft top Land Rovers.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A myriad of upgrades breathe new life into this 2.4 with Intercooler, Exhaust and ECU programming all provided by the Twisted engineering team. Performance is markedly different, with a huge bump in mid range torque that has you hastily moving through the 6 speed /box.
Regular servicing ensures the engine and drivetrain perform admirably.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 18-inch Satin black alloy wheels on this example present in perfect condition with no curb marks or dents. All wrapped in a shod set of matching Toyo performance rubber.
Brakes in front have been adopted from the 110.
Registered in 2008 by Park’s of Ayr this SVX Soft Top was thoroughly reworked by Twisted Performance in 2010. With £10k worth of modifications the car has always enjoyed a healthy service routine with either the Land Rover main dealer or Twisted themselves. The last service was carried out in January of 2017 at 19,600 miles. The car is also fresh from a Hunter front toe adjustment performed in November.
A full breakdown of the parts inventory installed by Twisted is available in the history file alongside the spare key and original book pack.
An extremely rare opportunity to acquire an Anniversary edition Soft top with the full Twisted treatment.
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