How To Buy A New, Imported Land Rover Defender Without Getting Arrested

In Tokyo, a new Defender costs half of a very old one in LA

It’s simple: Move to Japan. New Land Rover Defenders can be bought in Japan as easily as rice balls. On Friday, the last of the Land Rover Defenders rolled off the company’s Solihull factory in West Midlands, UK, after a life that was – by a few months – even longer than mine. People the world over may bemoan the passing of the Landie, but I was offered a brand new one just two weeks ago at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Contradicting Ford’s constant claims that Japan is a closed market for imported cars, Japan is wide open to new Defenders. All the while, America is shut airtight, while border guards defend the country’s borders against illicit Defenders.

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