An already awesome SUV just became even better.
The all-new Land Rover Defender takes a number of retro styling cues from its ancestor, the iconic Defender 110. But as accomplished and stylish as the new model appears to be, it may not satisfy everyone. The owner of an already rare Defender 110 knows this all too well, having tasked Florida-based ECD Automotive Design to completely overhaul his beloved ride, a 1993 North American Spec (NAS) Defender 110.
Due to its advancing age, some necessary updates were completed, but the owner decided to forgo the typically popular 6.2-liter LS3 V8 customers want. Instead, what's been deemed "Project Alpine Yeti" has a 2.8-liter Cummins diesel under the hood, paired to a custom stainless steel exhaust and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Other cool features include upgraded performance brakes, a 2-inch lifted suspension with Fox shocks and uprated springs, and ARB air locking heavy-duty differentials. In keeping with proper Defender heritage, it features 16-inch steel wheels and even its original NAS external and internal roll cages have been retained. ECD did, however, add a fresh coat of paint to many of the SUV's original components, such as the front brush guard bumper with winch, fold-down side steps, rear step, and snorkel.
Step inside and you'll find cool-looking two-tone Cadence Spice and Licorice leather covering the original seats. The doors and headliner have also been retrimmed. Airbags? Who needs them?
The original dash design also remains, though it's been fitted with Moal Bomber Sport Sweep gauges. A few modern upgrades were added though, like a custom center console, air conditioning, keyless entry, a back-up camera, and a 110-volt outlet under the wheel well.
Complete Defender 110 overhauls like this probably aren't cheap, though an exact price tag for this project wasn't made available. Still, this is an excellent way to pump fresh life and longevity into an SUV legend.