Project Black Mamba: A Classic Land Rover Restoration

Not a lot of people can relate to this, but overlanding is an awesome hobby that puts people and their machines against nature. The goal is to traverse some of the most challenging surfaces out there and at the end of the day, camp out and enjoy the great outdoors. For this purpose, enthusiasts must have the proper equipment that can withstand all manners of abuse along the way. Hence, Classic Overland presents us with the Project Black Mamba. Just like its namesake, this is one intimidating ride that will not back down from a challenge.

One look at this rugged monster and it immediately strikes you as a mean contender. Just look at the configuration. Anything a four-wheeler can do this can do even better with six wheels pushing it along its path. This jaw-dropping juggernaut started out as an original 6×6 Land Rover Defender, which was discovered sitting in a fire station in Franschhoek, South Africa.

According to Classic Overland, the vehicles original purpose was to transport water over unforgiving African terrain. After some expert modifications, this truck now holds a 6.2-liter GM E-ROD LS3 engine under the hood. The new powerplant is capable of producing 430 horsepower with 425 lb-ft of torque to allow the Project Black Mamba to practically plough through anything.

The work on this off-road beast is still ongoing, but we can already expect the finished product to be an exceptional high-performance Overlanding masterpiece. Interested buyers can customize the interior and exterior, but we personally love to see the Project Black Mamba it in a stealthy black colorway.