These Land Rover twins may look similar, but they have subtle differences.
Designed by a pair of best friends, these Defender 90s may have matching exteriors, but they are entirely different on the inside. But before we delve into their differences, let's look at what they have in common. The duo has been painted in an eggshell Keswick green hue and has matching black canvas roofs, along with black-painted 16-inch deep dish wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires.
Both models wear the Classic bumper style with DRLs and a brush guard, but that's where the similarities end. While Project 67 has a sporty mesh grille, Flamingo retains the classic grille styling.
The pair should provide comparable performance. You'll find a GM-sourced LS3 engine under the hood of either vehicle. Both utilize a six-speed automatic transmission and feature a Borla Sport Dual exhaust for a throatier sound. The old Defender never had a smooth ride quality, but thankfully, these examples have been kitted out with ECD's Air Ride system. EBC Fast Brakes should enable these off-roaders to stop on a dime.
Inside, Project 67 has a 2+4 seating layout comprised of two front seats and a pair of inward-facing benches in the load bay. Passengers up front enjoy heating and ventilated front seats, but everyone gets to enjoy the supple Cadence Moon Rock leather. This hide has been applied to the Puma-style dashboard as well.
Black carpeting provides a classy contrast. A sporting touch comes from the Momo Prototipo steering wheel, also wrapped in Cadence Moon Rock leather. All American Tradition gauges have been specified, along with rear air-conditioning.
Project Flamingo differs slightly. The 2+4 seating layout remains, but the owner has elected for one inward-facing bench and two inward-facing jump seats. Cadence Lentil leather upholstery has been applied liberally to the seats, Puma dashboard, and the Nardi Challenge steering wheel. There's no rear air-conditioning, but cupholders have been specified on this particular model.
Both vehicles receive a Kenwood eXcelon touchscreen with JL Audio speakers and a subwoofer. While Project 67 boasts wireless charging and a 110-volt outlet, Flamingo has Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth. Both feature three USB ports, a backup camera, and blind-spot assistance.
"These trucks were designed by a pair of best friends side by side, and while the same base model, engine, and paint color mean the Defenders look similar at first glance, the wildly different interiors showcase the wide range of options our clients can choose to make their dream one-of-one truck," said ECD co-founder, Scott Wallace.
While traditionalists may turn their noses up at the idea, it's a unique way to preserve the beauty of the E-Type while updating the driving experience.