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The ultimate urban cruiser

Wildside Defender

The Build

Embark on a journey like never before with the Wildside Defender, a masterpiece crafted by Adventure Merchants that transcends the boundaries of ordinary exploration. Picture this: the wind gently tousling your hair as you navigate the sun-kissed beaches with the roof off, immersing yourself in the freedom of the open road. The heart and soul of this remarkable vehicle lie in its powerful Td5 engine, delivering an unparalleled driving experience that blends power and precision seamlessly.

The Wildside Defender is not just a car; it’s a meticulously restored work of art, custom-built from the ground up to embody the spirit of adventure. Its exterior is a testament to craftsmanship, radiating a rugged charm that captivates onlookers and fellow adventurers alike. But the true magic lies within, where bespoke leather seats cradle you in comfort, transforming each journey into a luxurious odyssey.

Whether you’re conquering untamed terrain or simply cruising through coastal landscapes, the Wildside Defender is your trusted companion, ready to turn every drive into an emotional and unforgettable escapade. Adventure awaits, and the Wildside Defender is your ticket to a world where every moment behind the wheel is a celebration of the extraordinary.


This was a ground up nut and bolt restoration, with everything stripped back to the chassis.

Mova engineered custom roll cage replacement for roof and rear quarter panels creating the ultimate Defender soft top.

Bespoke tan leather interior and trim

Fully stripped and rebuilt engine; the entire block stripped and acid dipped, cylinders bored and sleeved. The engine was then recoated and the manifolds chrome dipped. 

Upgraded suspension

Lightforce Genesis driving lights

Bearmach steering wheel

Dual Battery System

On board water tank with shower head (for those sandy trips!)

There’s so much more to see! Check out the video walkaround with Brendan and images below!

We're ready to build your dream Australian tourer

From day one we take the time to understand your needs and long term goals to ensure you end up with the vehicle you want.