ECD's Land Rover Defender Is The Ultimate Restomod For Wealthy Beach Bums

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This lifted and luxurious Defender drop-top is powered by a GM-sourced LT4 engine.

ECD Automotive Design has unveiled its latest project, a lifted Land Rover Defender 110 convertible with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine.

That's quite the package, but the Florida-based company has plenty of expertise in producing stunning Land Rover restomods. This drop-top is no different. Painted in Porsche Frozen Blue, the exterior has been updated with a silver heritage grille, rear North American Specification bumper, and 18-inch Sawtooth wheels wrapped in 33-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires.

Round back, ECD paid homage to the Defender's past with a vintage Land Rover station wagon plaque. It's a subtle but tasteful addition, much like the full-length side steps. Other practical add-ons include the remote-controlled winch and the roll cage, replete with four Hella auxiliary lights.

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As mentioned, this topless Defender 110 is powered by a muscular, GM-sourced LT4 engine. No outputs have been provided, but as the new Cadillac Escalade-V has shown us, it's capable of producing 682 horsepower. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The old Defender isn't known for its comfortable ride, but ECD has remedied this with in-house developed air suspension. Other upgrades include strengthened axles, a Borla stainless steel exhaust, and Brembo brakes painted in Ferrari yellow.

ECD pulls no punches when it comes to the Defender's target market. "This custom Defender together with its convertible top and extra seats in the back is tailor-made for sunny summer days with the family. Whether cruising along boardwalk towns or across sandy shores, this luxurious build will be the envy of all," said company co-founder, Elliot Humble.

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The Defender would certainly look the part in upmarket areas like The Hamptons, Malibu, or Nantucket. The plush cabin is worthy of that clientele; Caressa Silver leather covers just about every surface, including the pews. Speaking of which, the front and middle-row seats boast heating and ventilation functionality. The gauges and seatbelts have been finished in Ferrari yellow.

An updated "Puma" dashboard gives the cabin a slightly more modern feel. Also wrapped in fine leather, the fascia has been customized to house an aftermarket infotainment system. This is hooked up to the Infiniti Kappa speakers and subwoofer. Additional luxury features include a wireless charger, Wi-Fi, and front and rear cameras.

There's no mention of cost, but we anticipate this custom off-roader is priced in excess of $200,000. That's pricey, but it's not as expensive as Overfinch's custom Land Rover Defender convertible.

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