E.C.D. Automotive Design Unveils New LT1-Powered Defender

E.C.D. Automotive Design (E.C.D.), has revealed its new custom build, Project Mr. O, which boasts a Corvette LT1 engine and custom interior, the Land Rover restoration company announced.

“This custom interior is made possible by the expert upholstery team at E.C.D.,” said E.C.D. Co-Founder Elliot Humble. “Our world-class team tailors every seat, steering wheel and door by hand. The Spinneybeck Copenhagen leather on Project Mr. O with vintage fluted style stitching pulls the whole build together in a uniquely E.C.D. way.”

Project Mr. O is painted in a gloss Night Mission green with a Rice Grain white hard-top roof and silver accents throughout. The classic Defender sits on Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires with 16-inch Heavy Duty Wolf Steel Wheels for optimized performance. Fold-down side steps made of teak wood and stamped with the Land Rover logo is just one of the build’s many custom elements.

In the restored Defender’s interior, expertly-stitched leather covers most of the cabin and is complemented by splashes of Fox Moss Green Tweed. The heated Recaro Cross Sportster CS front seats feature headrests custom-embossed with the client’s initials, while the driver and passenger doors have attached suede satchel bags. The vintage Defender’s custom center console has a wood veneer, a sunglasses holder, a wireless phone charger and E.C.D. rear air conditioning. In contrast to the Relicate German Square Weave carpet up front, the load area is decked out with dark wenge wood floors complete with metal rivets. Two inward-facing benches accommodate extra passengers, both outfitted with suede leather cushions.

Other deluxe features include an Exmoor Williams steering wheel, Smiths Replica gauge set and custom seat belts. Modern tech upgrades – including Alpine Infotainment Center with CarPlay and wireless Bluetooth, WiFi, backup camera, four USB charging ports and a high-end JL Audio sound system – round out the rest of this luxurious build.

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Project Mr. O

  • Model — Defender 90
  • Engine — GM LT1
  • Transmission — 8-Speed Automatic
  • Axles — Upgraded Heavy Duty
  • Suspension — Land Rover Original Equipment
  • Brakes — EBC FAST
  • Exhaust — Borla Stainless Steel Dual Sport Exhausts


  • Paint Color — Night Mission in Full Gloss
  • Roof Top Color — Rice Grain
  • Wheels — 16-inch Heavy Duty Wolf Steel Wheels
  • Tires — Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac
  • Grille — Nakatanenga Silver Mesh Grille
  • Front Bumper — Classic Land Rover Bumper with DRLs
  • Rear Bumper – Standard
  • Additional Features — Swing Away Wheel Carrier, Custom Teak Wood Fold-Down Side Steps


  • Seat Layout — Puma 2+2
  • Front Seats — 2 Recaro Cross Sportster CS, Heated with Custom-Embossed Headrests
  • Load Area Seats — 2 Inward Facing Benches
  • Leather Color — Spinneybeck Copenhagen Leather with Off-White Stitching
  • Seat Design — Vintage Fluted Style
  • Dash – Puma Dashboard Wrapped in Spinneybeck Copenhagen Leather
  • Carpet — Relicate German Square Weave Carpet
  • Steering Wheel — Exmoor Williams White Stitch Steering Wheel
  • Gauges — Smiths Replica Gauges
  • Additional Features — Custom Seatbelts, Custom Center Console with Rear AC, Dark Wenge Wood Floor with Metal Rivets in Load Area, Custom Headliner Wrapped in The Merchant Fox Moss Green Tweed, Custom Door Cards with Attached Satchel Bag

Audio & Electronics

  • Infotainment — Alpine Radio with Bluetooth and Wireless CarPlay
  • Sound System — JL Audio Speakers and KENWOOD eXcelon Subwoofer
  • Additional Features — Backup Camera, Remote Start, WiFi, USB, Wireless Charger

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A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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