This Rugged Safari-Style Defender Is Resto-Modding Done Right

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Complete with a Chevrolet LS V8 under the hood.

The folks over at ECD Automotive Design have taken a certain Land Rover Defender 90 and after a complete hands-on restoration has turned it into the perfect summer vehicle. Eat your hearts out Toyota Tacoma fans.

ECD Automotive Design is the leading specialist in restored classic Land Rovers in the US. Although you might find the occasional Ranger Rover there, the company predominantly focuses on overhauling a wide range of used and abused Land Rover Defenders awaiting a new lease on life. What sets this shop apart from the rest of the restoration crowd is its ability to combine luxury and utility for a final product that looks and feels better than the day the car rolled off the production line.

ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design

Iconic is the only way to describe the Land Rover Defender, which has been in production for nearly 40 years and is based on the original Land Rover series launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. People across the world love and respect them for their hardiness and off-road capability.

The Defender 90 in question came in for a barrage of upgrades, and what we are left with is possibly the ultimate summer adventure vehicle that not only features some serious off-roading gear but also includes some seriously refined touches such as vertical diamond-stitched Nappa leather. The interior also features a Puma Dashboard with Apple CarPlay, an NRG ST-065 steering wheel with a Land Rover center cap, and Nostalgia VT Series gauges.

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ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design

The exterior of this mean green machine features a Coniston Green in paint job in full gloss. As we all know, green is the only color a classic Defender should be painted in. This Defender rolls on a set of eight-spoke steel wheels painted satin black which is wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires and connected to an upgraded Fox suspension system and a set of high-performance brakes that could outdo a modern sports car. Lighting the way is a set of Hella spotlights

Under the hood lies a Chevy LS3 V8 engine and five-speed manual transmission. And for really sticky situations there's a Warn 12,000-pound winch on hand.

ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design
ECD Automotive Design

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