Yes, the market isn't going to return your investment.
Ballpark price for my truck (that I was asking) was really the sum of PARTS, you always lose labor, especially on a modified defender (either you're a purist and have big $ to spend on an original, or you're an enthusiast and you're not going to jump at someone else's vision of 'custom').
Galvanized, 300 TDI, rear lock and folds and interior touches sell these trucks. Even in RHD configuration.
Inflated egos and asking prices aren't going to move a vehicle; not to mention there are zero photos of any areas of concern on any 'restored' defender