This special Defender 130 has all the goodies.
If you want a rugged off-roader, there's nothing quite like the Land Rover Defender. It's used by armies and civilians the world over and has developed an impressive rapport with off-road enthusiasts. But of course, good can always be better, and that's the aim of ECD Automotive Design. The Florida-based company handcrafts some of the most impressive custom Defender builds on the planet, and its latest creation is especially cool. It's been dubbed Project Mule and is a truly unique, one-of-one machine that blends the best of off-road ability with supreme luxury. But if you're a purist, don't read on.
The Defender in question is a D130 that has been painted in Audi Suzuka Grey and fitted with an LS3 engine. The axles have been strengthened, and Brembo brakes have been fitted along with Fox off-road suspension with a two-inch lift. A sports exhaust with dual exits also feature, along with 18-inch Sawtooth wheels, and a Bowler bumper with two white and two yellow Baja Design lights. New headlights are fitted too, as well as a Classic hood, a custom rear bumper, and a Warn winch. Interestingly, there's also a full six-point roll cage fitted to the exterior of the build.
The inside gets just as much in the way of upgrades, boasting Recaro Othopaed front seats wrapped in Vintage Oak Garrett leather, which adorns much of the rest of the cabin too. In some places, there is Capelli Natural Light Cowhide and Woodhue Ironed Sheepskin accents on the door cards, center console, and dashboard. There's also a custom headliner, a hydro-dipped dash cover and shifter, and an Evander wooden steering wheel. A modern touch is added with Nostalgia VT gauges, but luxury is the main focus, with even the sun visors wrapped in leather. There's no word on how much this custom build cost the commissioner, but with even the bed finished in wood, it won't have been cheap.