Land Rover Defender Restomod Gets LS Heart and a Fiery Moniker

Land Rover’s Defender, a stalwart in the realm of off-roaders, has earned its stripes over four decades. The latest generation, in particular, has carved a niche for itself with various body styles, special editions, and the formidable V8 variant. Recently, the Defender paid a visit to East Coast Defender (ECD), a renowned specialist in the art of restomodding, where it underwent a transformation that marries modern amenities with vintage charm.

The visual overhaul of this Defender 90 is nothing short of striking. Adorned in a Land Rover Corris Gray Gloss, it boasts steel front and rear bumpers, tubular side steps, fender flares, front windscreen protection, a roll bar, a bulbar, and metal underbody plates. Enhanced with upgraded Fox shocks and 18-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, this Defender exudes rugged elegance.

Inside the cabin, the blend of comfort and vintage aesthetics takes center stage. The front seats, adorned in black leather with red stitching in a diamond pattern, offer both style and support. Stepping back in time, a MOMO steering wheel graces the driver’s domain, and a classic dashboard panel wrapped in leather with black stitching exudes timeless charm. The center console houses a pair of cupholders and the automatic gear selector.

Technological upgrades make their presence felt with a touchscreen infotainment system featuring radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay integration. The custom stereo system and individual foldable rear seats add to the modern touches without compromising the Defender’s authentic appeal.

However, the true heart of this restomod beats under the hood—a GM-sourced 6.2-liter V8 engine. While specific power figures remain undisclosed, one can only imagine the punchy output propelling this Defender to conquer challenging terrains. ECD has aptly named this project the “Project T-Hell-U-Ride,” signifying its unique blend of power and style.

With its revitalized exterior, upgraded interior, and formidable powerplant, this Land Rover Defender Restomod stands as a testament to the seamless fusion of classic charm and modern prowess. A one-of-a-kind build that surely ignites the spirit of adventure, the “Project T-Hell-U-Ride” exemplifies the artistry of ECD in breathing new life into an iconic off-roader.

Photo: East Coast Defender