What we do and how it all began
Here at the Ministry of Defender we are on a mission: To build our clients the most incredible Defender 90s and 110s that uphold the true spirit of the original Land Rovers whilst incorporating creative design elements that make them more relevant to the modern driver. Our ‘Fusion’ models are a realistic alternative for anyone looking for a stylish, reliable family vehicle with excellent residual values. Each vehicle is hand build in Lincoln, where we are driven by three main considerations: Simplicity (in terms of enhanced mechanical reliability) Creativity (In terms of interior and exterior design) and Practicality (in terms of ease of use, comfort and price).
The Ministry of Defender business is the brainchild of Jonathan Bowman. A farmer’s son from Yorkshire who was brought up in a family of hard workers with honest, down-to-earth values. ‘One of my earliest memories is of my dad driving through one of our fields in a Series 2 Land Rover with me sat on the bonnet’ recalls Jonathan who, because of his farming background, has maintained a love of all things ‘real’. Jonathan describes ‘real’ as being anything that you can physically touch and be creative with. ‘Growing up on a farm means that you learn to deal with new challenges almost on a daily basis. When the combine’s broken but the forecast is heavy rain, then you find a way to get going again by whatever means possible. You’re in a world where you have to look at something, not as what it is, but of what it is capable of’.