Every Land Rover Defender has its own story. At East Coast Defender, many of our trucks we build have over 25 years of history woven into their core, whether that’s a past life spent serving a farm family or in the military. Project 13 is no exception. In this case, the truck had been owned for over 10 years by a family in Indiana, who we still keep in touch with through a variety of updates. Now, with new owners Servando Carrasco, Orlando City Midfielder, and his wife Alex Morgan, Olympic Gold Medalist, Project 13’s future is in their hands.
In 2016, we received a call, and, after a visit by Servando and Alex, he was ready to start custom building her Defender. Servando had always loved the Defender, and his interest was piqued once again after seeing a classic D90 at a Land Rover dealership. The rebuild process started with a soft-top Defender 90, and, piece by piece, Project 13, was custom built into the daily driver of her dreams.
This Defender is strong and powerful, but completes any task with grace.
The power of Project 13 starts on the inside. Servando hand picked a Chevrolet LC9 and a six-speed automatic transmission, making this Defender an ideal daily driver. The 18” wheels with BF Goodrich tires paired with high-performance LED lighting gives Project 13 an undeniably powerful ambiance. This is further enhanced by the classic-looking Zunsport grille and bold Masai roof rack.
Beyond the mechanics, Project 13 allows Servando’s personal style to shine through. The interior is trimmed in black leather and the exterior Keswick green color demands attention. The color was originally introduced by Land Rover in 1983 and is an homage to the heritage of the vehicle that also represents Servando’s subtle style. This daily driver is completed with all the modern technological conveniences you’d never expect to see in a classic Defender. We’ve installed Classic Instruments Moal Bomber gauges, a Momo steering wheel, a premium sound system, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, GPS, and Apple Car Play all to Servando’s specifications.
We have no doubt that Project 13 will prove to be an incredible daily driver for Servando, Alex, Blue (their adorable pup), and any teammates lucky enough to get a ride. At East Coast Defender, our team tallied over 2,000 hours working to achieve perfection, we look forward to watching the continuation of Project 13’s story. For more information on our custom Land Rover Defenders, contact us today at 407-483-4825 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.