East Coast Defender Completes Classic “Project Pedigree” Land Rover With Modern Twists
East Coast Defender (ECD), North America’s premiere source for re-engineered Land Rover Defenders, recently delivered its most recent creation: Project Pedigree. ECD co-founder Tom Humble provided a conceptual overview: “This is what our hard-core Defender enthusiasts ask for,” he said. “We don’t have many builds that come through with classic-looking exteriors, so this build’s beautiful blend of classic styling and modern performance and comfort is what makes the truck really stand out.”
The current trend in custom luxury vehicles is monochromatic paint. In fact, ECD’s customers commonly choose solid white, grey, and black as their favorite colors. Project Pedigree goes throw-back, paying tribute to the original Defender look and feel with a classic two-tone exterior. In this case, the traditional white roof is joined by a custom Bronze Green body. Stance was also kept stock: Project Pedigree sits at factory ride height on new factory steel wheels inside performance LT265/75R16 BFGoodrich Radial All-Terrain KO2 tires.
Tasteful and functional accessories were added to the exterior. Most noticeable is the G4 Expedition roof rack with ladder. It hosts a full-width forward-facing LED bar and rear LED work light. Bumpers were also upgraded: the front unit houses a Warn VR 8000 winch and LED driving lights; the tubular rear bumper mounts the swing-away spare-tire carrier. Body protection is provided by traditional side sliders/step boards and black-checker rocker-panel plates. LED headlights in vented KBX surrounds complete the exterior upgrades.
Seven-passenger comfort highlights the interior. ECD added a leather-trimmed Puma dashboard and Puma-style quilted-leather upholstery. Comfort and convenience additions start with air conditioning, power front windows and remote entry with an alarm system. To enhance driver feel, a Momo Indy woodgrain steering wheel was added. Electronics were upgraded with a premium Alpine system. Project Pedigree also includes touchscreen GPS navigation, back-up camera display, concert sound, and Bluetooth.
Project Pedigree’s powertrain was also modernized. The stock 1960s-rooted Rover/Buick 3.9L V-8 was replaced with a current-tech GM powerplant: the 6.2L Corvette Stingray LS3 V-8. This bumps engine output to 430 horsepower. The LS3 is backed by a GM 6L60 6-speed automatic transmission, which is adapted to the factory Rover LT230 transfer case.
Project Pedigree is the latest custom Defender to emerge from ECD’s 18,000 square-foot headquarters near Orlando, Florida. Company co-founder Tom Humble says, “Pedigree really pays tribute to the original look and feel of the Defender with the secret surprise of being completely modernized and upgraded internally with its new Puma dashboard, all leather interior, LED exterior lighting and Chevy LS3 engine.”
ECD is currently taking reservations for 2017 builds. Customers who choose their Defender options and upgrades before April 2017 — an online customizer simplifies the process — can expect to take delivery the same calendar year. For more information, please contact East Cost Defender, (407) 483-4825.