River House specializes mainly in sales and restoration of Land Rover Defenders and classic Mini Coopers. These cars differ as much as day and night, but thay do however fit together perfectly. For they are both icons of the British motoring industry.
The Mini’s seen it, been there, and done that. Anything that a car could participate in, the Mini has done so, in its long life. During the swinging sixties, it was the car to be seen in. Twiggy had one, as did all the members of The Beatles, plus racing driver Stirling Moss and Enzo Ferrari. For when Formula 1-team boss John Cooper came up with his tuned Mini, a sheer endless flow of racing and rallying victories was soon to followed
The Classic Land Rover Defender too, has a customer base that reads like the Forbes 400. Still, though, the British 4×4 started life as a motorised workhorse. A sturdy and strong vehicle that might not look particularly glamorous, but that, with its locomotive-like chassis, aluminium body and permanent four-wheel drive could find its way even in the most abandoned of areas. Doctor Livingstone would have wanted to have one after he’d been seen for the last time in rural Tanzania.
The River House Company was born in 1997, but before that founder Michael Bax worked for eight years at a well-known Mini Specialist in the heart of the Netherlands. Since 1992 he has been selling and restoring classic Minis. From a basket case to concourse winner: anything is possible. Since 2002 River House specializes on imports and exports Land Rover Defenders throughout the world. Both in original unrestored condition or fully kitted out to customers spec.
River House sells cars to customers worldwide and we have excellent connections with first class shipping partners.
When your truck is ready for shipping, we will make sure your vehicle is steam cleaned and ready for transport. Your vehicle will be transported to the nearest RORO port or container terminal by our dedicated trucking company. Depending on our agreement we will arrange all necessary paperwork, export certificates and custom documentation. Prior to loading on board, the Landrover will be checked by Euro officials if it qualifies for US entry. Most shipments are carried out by RORO companies like Wallenius Wilhemsen, K-Line or Hoegh, we will pick the best available option to insure a smooth crossing of the Atlantic. Marine insurance can be purchased as a seperate option.
Upon request we can organize port collection in several US ports, our agents will arrange custom brokerage, ISF filing, handling and importation, pay import duties and arrange a clear US title.
Nationwide delivery can be organized upon request as well.
I'm a police officer and by nature very untrusting. I asked Michael at RiverHouse Mini for some references before wiring money to him in the Netherlands. I could not have had a better experience with both Michael and Frank. The LandRover I received was great and expertly renovated. Frank was very professional, I drove down and picked my truck up at his shop in West Chester which is at back of his home.
Hello Michael, I received my first truck, it's awesome. I am really enjoying driving her around. Can't wait until the 2nd D90 arrives here. Thank you.
Hi Michael, I made it home at 2230 at the base in Germany. The truck did very good. No issues on the 510km journey. I'll let you know how the German inspection goes. Thanks a lot. I am real happy with the truck.
" I have been working with Michael at Riverhouse BV for the past 4 years with all three of my Defender 110s and cannot recommend his services high enough. I have been to his home/workshop on many occasions and his hospitality matches his skills! My first Defender was previously expedition prepared and I have chosen Michael to keep her in top working order as I use her to explore the far reaches of the European continent over the last several years. His/his teams repair skills and Defender specific knowledge are top notch and are always maintained or repaired correctly the first time... I cannot recommend Michael high enough for his services as maintenance and upkeep of these vehicles. For my second Defender, Michael has sold me a near-mint condition 1991 D-110 SW that came from a dry climate southern European country that I imported into the United States--- based upon Michaels accurate description and online photos, I practically purchased sight unseen. I had the team at Riverhouse update the wear and tear items to ensure a reliable truck -- Michael was very honest about exactly what 25 year old parts needed to be replaced and what needed to be left alone. Michaels work on that truck was spot-on and has been 100% reliable in the year that I have driven her - confirming that Michaels impression/assessment and repairs were both honest and carefully performed and performed at a realistic and fair price point. For my third Defender- a complete and ground-up US appropriate restoration on a perfect frame was on order and Michael sourced me a well-worn, well travelled dry climate D-110, stripped her down to the frame and did a ground up restoration exactly to my specs. Michael and his team worked with me every step of the way to ensure that we were on the same page. Michael was incredibly easy to reach either by email or social media. My questions regarding the truck restoration process were always answered quickly. If your goal is importation in to the USA, Michael is keenly aware of the requirements of this complex process and will always do everything to guarantee that your truck will meet all USA EPA DOT requirements. Michael will honestly tell you what can and cannot be replaced in a truck undergoing restoration or preparation for USA importation.
Hi Mike & Frank, The defender was delivered today at the house; it is beautiful to me (and my kids). I can't wait to get started on the restoration. Wanted to thank you for a smooth, worry- free, and quick delivery of the truck. Let me know if you need another reference in the US.