While the Land Rover Defender has ceased to exist – at least for now and in its most iconic form – there are still numerous examples available for aftermarket specialists to play with.
For example, this Land Rover Defender 110 that has been turned into Project Kingsman (we wonder if there’s any association with the action movie of the same name) was actually stripped to the frame and rebuilt from scratch. The tuning company – well-known East Coast Defenders – opted on a fully galvanized chassis for the iconic 4×4 that was splashed with molten protective zinc coating (if it becomes a barn find, no corrosion will be visible). The firm actually TLC’ed every single nut and bolt, and also fitted a stainless steel Borla exhaust system, external roll cage, and beefier brakes. The Defender also got a bespoke radiator and stainless steel brake and fuel lines, all in all to work in conjunction with the mysterious creature hiding under the hood.
It’s actually not the same engine as it came from the factory, as the ECD team engine-swapped it to a 5.3-liter Chevy LC9 V8 mill good for 320 horsepower, sending its power to the off-road tires via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Florida-based shop also worked on the interior, packing it with features such as backup camera, navigation, and LED lighting – while the touchscreen Kenwood infotainment system includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Creature comforts include the new seats in black/charcoal leather.