I've had the pleasure of engaging North America Overland on everything from a frame-up restoration to upgrades to my 2a brakes and installing an overdrive. They get it right stand behind their work. I continue to be impressed with the results.
North America Overland is not only professional and knowledgeable when it comes to Land Rover restorations, but the staff is truly passionate for their trade – they indeed drive classic Land Rovers daily and support enthusiast events. Their entire process of restoration is very thorough with the first step being a dialogue about the customerʼs want/needs tempered by their vast experience of what really works, often with recommendations based upon what they have done to their own vehicles. The way forward after that can be very different depending upon final decisions, but I can attest to the fact that the final product will exceed your expectations. Restorations/improvements of this quality arenʼt cheap or expeditious (doing things the right way hardly ever is), but they are definitely worth the expense and wait. I have had no problems with my Defender 110, a total rebuild with extensive upgrades, since picking it up at their Connecticut shop, driving it home via an overland trip around the Great Lakes through Canada, and in the years since. I wholeheartedly recommend Mike and his team at North America Overland for any of your Land Rover needs. Thank you again guys!
Mike and the guys at North America Overland are the best! They hand-held me through the restoration / customization process which was great, since this is my first Series Land Rover and I really didn't now what I was doing.
They are not pushy at all. Mike suggests options that you might want for your vehicle. He will answer questions about why he suggests this and give you all the pros and cons before you commit. You do not have to get everything on the list to get a great vehicle, but many of the options he offers will help you enjoy the vehicle more, and prevent issues down the road.
Mike listens to you and asks you lots of questions about what you plan on doing with the Land Rover before he starts the process. This way you get a custom-tailored vehicle that meets your needs.
I did not want a perfect over the top vehicle. I wanted something mechanically great and that looks nice. I did not want a concours restoration (don't get me wrong, I have seen those in his shop and they are beautiful). Mike was OK with that and created something that I wanted and met my budget.
I won't write a novel here but suffice it to say, they did many things and offered services I don't think I could find elsewhere.
The pictures on his web site do NOT do the finished vehicles justice. They are so much nicer in person. When I picked up my Land Rover he showed me around and I got to see several beautiful vehicles in various stages of restoration as well as completed ones too.
Mike is not all about up-selling you or getting lots of your money. All the guys at North America Overland are passionate, but Mike takes it to the next level. Ask him literally anything about Land Rovers and he knows it. Ask him to find you that obscure part, and he will find it.
Mike loves Land Rovers... it really shows by the passionate way he talks about them, and in the care that they put into creating your Land Rover. Mike gets excited about creating your land Rover and his excitement is contagious. You know that you are getting a Land Rover created by someone who could do anything, yet decided to channel his energy in creating the best Land Rovers possible.
When I decide to get another Land Rover (a Defender may be calling my name), I will 100% go back to Mike and North America Overland.
P.S. I know I am sounding like they are the best thing since sliced bread, but truly, the entire experience was amazing!
Mike and Co. did a marvelous job on my Costa Rica imported 1976 88" which I had completely dissembled. I spent a great deal of time gathering all new parts and lost steam close to the finish line. From a smattering of boxes of parts and a rolling new chassis they produced a wonderful specimen. Their attention to detail, knowledge of these British beauties, and a true passion for perfection came together in the form of "Roy". An absolute pleasure! Thank you guys.
North America Overland is the place to have your Land Rover taken care of. Mike has been able to make owning an old Land Rover fun, and enjoyable. We have had our 109 updated, and upgraded over the years. I would highly recommend them for your Land Rover needs, and to have a reliable daily driver.
North America Overland is the most knowledgeable restoration company for Land Rovers that exists. Their attention to detail is second to none. No project is too large or too small. The result is a vehicle that looks like it rolled off the assembly line but with all the modifications we wanted. Great job Mike and team! Feel free to use me as a reference anytime.
Mike and the team are amazing. From start to finish they were available to speak as needed and their work and knowledge is second to none. I wouldn't use anyone else!
Highly recommended for serious restorations of Series Land Rovers. These guys have a second to none attention to detail and they know what they are doing. I can count the number of people I trust to refurbish my 1967 IIA on one hand and these guys are definitely among those.
Four years ago I bought a 1964 Land Rover and quickly discovered I was in way over my head. When you buy a vehicle that's over 50 years old, you quickly discover that previous owners tried to repair things and they probably shouldn't have. Mike and the crew at NAO assured me that they would find every problem and refurbish my truck with genuine parts. I was impressed by their attention to detail and how Mike walked me through the entire process NAO has a passion for these vehicle and it clearly shows in the finished product. I've been driving a safe and reliable head turner ever since. Thank you!
North America Overland performed a restoration of a 1964 Series IIA over the course of the past 15 months, with me taking delivery in October 2019. The process was totally transparent, the quality of the workmanship to the highest standard, and the final product exceeded my expectations. Mike Sandone was excellent to work with, open to entertaining any question, and responding to any inquiry by email, telephone or text in a timely fashion. I recommend this company without reservation for anyone interested in acquiring a beautifully restored period Land Rover.
Mike and his team are skilled, professional, and approachable. They transformed my ‘84 Defender 90 into an object of beauty, utility and admiration, and a reliable transporter of dogs, sheep, and people.
Mike and his team worked with me to mechanically restore my 1969 Series IIA. Very professional and organized through the entire process. I would highly recommend them for any Series or Defender Land Rover project.
Mike Sandone and Chris Velardi of North America Overland are like great artists who reinvent their world every time they roll a vehicle out of that beautiful barn in Monroe, CT. Plus, dealing with Mike and Chris is a dream, for they are among the few who have more passion for Land Rovers than do the owners.
I highly recommend Mike Sandone of North America Overland to do work on ANY Series Land Rover in ANY condition! Why?, because I've owned three Series Land Rovers over a period of 41 years and have had my share of challenges with these "special beasts" and therefore have learned a "thing or two". First, when you're "non-mechanical" such as myself, always, always have a good mechanic available and close by. Second, since I was never able to satisfy lesson one (at least for 39 years), search until you find that person! Well, I found that person a few years back in Mike Sandone. Affordable, reliable, knowledgeable, thoughtful, attentive to detail, and a great communicator describes just some of his attributes. Hands down, "The best mechanic I've ever had, period!!"
—Dr. Fred Bader
Mike Sandone has a great business at North America Overland. I'm a veteran off-roader and rock crawler, owning a few Jeeps in my day and formerly running the Nutmeg State 4x4 off-road club. I purchased a '62 Series IIa (88") last October and have been enjoying it as a 3 or 4 day a week commuting toy. As for the pilot, it took a little time to get used to the Series Land Rover thing. It is not a modern Jeep and surely not a rock crawler but it is fun to drive and it has way more character than most anything else on the road. Mike has a method of restoring the mechanicals while preserving the patina (character of the vintage vehicle) making his product exotically attractive and reliable.
Browse some of North America Overland's national press coverage as featured in various magazines and other media.
Covet: This 1986 Land Rover Defender 110
Outside Magazine, August 11, 2016
Land Rover Fairfield
Rover Magazine, Spring 2018, page 10
1,814 Miles to Go!
Rover Magazine, Holiday 2016, page 30
Vintage Alma Mater Wedding Ideas
Strictly Weddings, December 14, 2016