Welcome to the asylum.
Youíre smarter than me, I joined after I bought my first Defender.
How old is too old? First, are you aware that Land Rover officially imported a few thousand Defenders from 1993 to 1997? Because there are so few, genuine NAS (North American Specification) are very expensive.
Our U.S. government has decided to prevent you and me from legally importing non-NAS cars (any brand) until they are 25 years old (these are referred to as grey market.)
So, there is no LEGAL way to own a NAS Defender thatís less than 21 years old or a grey market thatís less than 25 years old in the U.S.
You will find people who say they have, and say you can too, but you risk losing all of your investment.
Read, read, read the threads in this forum. Ask questions. Make the effort to find and drive Defenders. As many as you can.
How old is too old? Condition, condition, condition. And the price for that condition. ANYTHING can be fixed.
Donít be in a hurry to buy. Until you have educated yourself donít buy without having a competent DEFENDER guy inspect for you.
Relax and have fun!
Mike & Carrie