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Vehicle Name "Penelope"
Year 1997
Make Land Rover
Model Defender
Color Portofino Red
1997 Land Rover Defender
1997 Land Rover Defender 1997 Land Rover Defender 1997 Land Rover Defender
History Purchased from Jonathan (Wolf Fabrication) in 2013. Was purchased by Jonathan from owner in Alaska for a 110 project, but decided to sell when he temporarily relocated to Japan.

The vehicle had a "reconstruct" title from Virginia where Jonathan had registered it, just before I bought it. When I picked up the car it still had the Alaska plates on it.

The "reconstruct" title came as a result of an accident that occurred not long after the vehicle was imported, but by 2001 it had won first prize in an auto show in Washington state. I have the trophy.

It was later sold in Washington state and registered there. Then it was registered in Colorado for a time, before returning to Washington state.

I am not sure when it went to Alaska.

As of December 2013 the vehicle has about 94k miles on the odometer.

She looks great and will be with me for many years to come.
Exterior
In 2013
Replaced felt in rear slide windows to remove rattling, and provide better seal.

Replaced grill and headlight panels. Replaced front and rear turn, brake and marker lights with LEDs.

Installed Mantec spare tire holder on rear to release weight on rear door. Installed hi-lift jack on Mantec tire mount.

Installed CB antenna on drivers side rear; integrated with license plate light.

Added anti-snow/ice air-intake cover.

In 2014
Installed new front bumper and Warn winch.
Installed Hella lamps on bumper.
Installed diff protectors, skid plate & rock sliders. Installed new Magnaflow exhaust system from manifold to tailpipe.

Interior
In 2013
Replaced stereo with Sony stereo with bluetooth.
Added toggle switch for Hellas.
Installed ARB air compressor between driver side rear seats, and toggle switch near rear door.

Suspension
OME springs and shocks (medium duty) installed in 2013. No extra lift, however, the OME's provide some lift over stock springs.
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