It has the perfect blend of vintage styling and modern tech.
After a long wait, the all-new 2021 Land Rover Defender has finally returned to the US. Deliveries of the reborn off-roader are already underway, but demand is currently outweighing supply. But if you want an off-roader that blends the original Defender's vintage styling with modern technology and creature comforts, the retromod community offers a variety of options.
This latest Land Rover Defender Restomod project is the work of Florida-based ECD Automotive Design, which is no stranger to building bespoke Defenders. This custom Land Rover Defender 110 is called the Project Big Sky as a reference to its retro Tamar Blue finish. Complementing its classic blue color is a traditional colored roof finished in Chawton White with a full-length G4 Expedition roof rack. It also rides on Huntsman 1945 Retro Classic Light Alloy wheels wrapped in BFG All-Terrain tires.
To enhance its off-road capability, Project Big Sky is fitted with a slimline winch bumper with warn winch and daytime running lights, a G4 Expedition ladder, four LED spotlights, and two rear work lights.
Inside, you'll find two classic Defender front seats and two Exmoor trim middle seats wrapped in a warm Cadence Spice colored leather that contrasts the blue exterior. Four inward-facing, folding jump seats are located in the rear, bringing the total number of seats to eight for added practicality. There's also a retro-style dashboard complemented by All American Nickel gauges with incandescent lighting. Other retro touches include a Momo Indy Wood steering wheel, custom wood-look hydro-dipped door handles, and a headliner wrapped in luxurious Medium Dark Oak.
"This build's interior is a superb nod to how these vehicles left the factory but with a modern touch. Even with the classic look and heritage feel, we've subtly blended in modern conveniences, making it the ideal daily driver," said the company's co-founder, Tom Humble.
Among the modern upgrades include remote start, a wireless charging pad, multiple cupholders, front and rear air conditioning, a new sound system with Apple CarPlay support, and USB charging. Power is provided by a 6.2-liter V8 LS3 engine producing 430 hp paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing for this custom Defender hasn't been announced, but you can bet this cost more than the new 2021 Land Rover Defender, which starts at $49,900.