Defender Seats Made Your Way

Project Mission Land Rover Defender 110

Building a custom Defender by E.C.D.  is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  At E.C.D., we encourage a new owner to be as creative with their specific design as they wish.  Each vehicle’s custom interior is crafted on site at the Rover Dome where we pride ourselves on paying close attention to every detail of each build.

The seating layout you choose is an important aspect of the interior design process.  At East Coast Defender, we offer a variety of seating layout to allow you the opportunity to personalize the space of your custom Land Rover Defender 90, Land Rover Defender 110, Land Rover Defender 130.

Available seating layouts range from two individual seats to a variety of 4,6, and  9 seat options to giveyou full range options to consider. This space can be utilized for family outings, road trips to the lake house, sporting events or whatever you can imagine. Whether you’re transporting the soccer team or the entire family from A to B  it will be much easier.

Land Rover Defender 90 Seat Selections:

  • Four Seater with a rear bench layout

  • Four seater layout

  • Six seater layout

Land Rover Defender 110 Seat Selections:

  • Five Seater layout

  • Six Seater with an aisle layout

  • Eight seater with four facing jump seats layout

  • Nine Seater layout

Just want to throw your things in the back and go? You have the option of not having a back seat! These are just a few seat selections we offer. Whether you’re looking to ride solo or with the entire family, we can make it happen!

Build your custom Defender with E.C.D. today.

Exquisite Leather & Quality Craftmanship

East Coast Defender is dedicated to bringing you the finest in automotive interior designs by providing quality materials, distinctive designs, and an exceptional client experience.

Performance is all well and good, but what’s going on in the cabin is just as important.  After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time there.  Don’t forget, you’re in the driver’s seat at East Coast Defender!

So what should you look for in an automotive leather?  The materials you choose for your build should showcase the perfect balance between quality, feel and comfort to complement the design you are creating.

Our custom manufacturing process offers no boundaries or limitations. From Spinneybeck to Garrett Leather and custom stitching and design patterns, our Head of Automotive Design is available to help you give your new Defender its own luxury style.

We have the experience to know exactly which leather will get the job done properly. For more information on upgrading the interior on your Defender project, give us a call today at (407) 483-4825.

East Coast Defender Announces the Best Photographs of the year in a Limited Edition 2018 Wall Calendar

East Coast Defender (E.C.D.), the award-winning automotive group, unveiled its Best of 2017 E.C.D. Defender photographs today at its headquarters in Kissimmee, Florida.

The winning photos were selected from thousands of professional images taken throughout the year of the companies custom designed and built Land Rover Defenders.

Each of the top photographs captured the individuality of the vehicle while inspiring the E.C.D. team to design and build more outrageous vehicles in 2018.

“These incredible photos represent some of the best designed vehicles we have moved through the Rover Dome this year, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share them with other gearheads like myself,” states, Scott Wallace, Co-owner of E.C.D. “A custom-built Land Rover Defender from E.C.D. is much more than vehicle you drive; it’s a piece a art that you enjoy life in each and every day.”

Click Here to Order your 2018 E.C.D. Calendar today!
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East Coast Defender Premieres Two Powerful Truck Builds in a California Versus Florida Great Debate

Kissimmee, Fl: (December 4, 2017): East Coast Defender (E.C.D.), the award-winning automotive group, today unveiled the first pair of powerful trucks simultaneously designed in Design Centers on opposite coasts before traveling through the build process, side by side, at the Rover Dome in Kissimmee, Florida.

California versus Florida, it’s the great debate.  As different as the weather, these two vehicles showcase the versatility of a custom Land Rover Defender by East Coast Defender and go the extra mile towards capturing the top spot as possibly the greatest things ever, to come out of either of these two beachy states.

“These two truck builds have been both thrilling and challenging all at once, but each of them represents something special, “states Scott Wallace, East Coast Defender Co-Owner.  “While this isn’t an East Coast-West Coast rivalry, we offer our clients thousands of design possibilities and we think it’s going to be interesting to see which location produces the best designs to advance the E.C.D. brand.”

From traditional trucks to sporty and rugged, E.C.D. leads the way in personalization and performance exploration when it comes to customized Land Rover Defenders and Range Rover Classics.  Our customers agree, that it is our ability to blend the utility of a truck with the versatility of a classic that sets an E.C.D. built apart.

Why build all of the vehicles in Florida?  The company’s founders determined long ago that if they wanted to become the best custom Land Rover Defender builders on the planet they would have to have complete control from start to finish.  Since that day, the team at East Coast Defender has places an immense amount of pride in each custom vehicle built at the Rover Dome in Kissimmee, Florida.

From the Great State of California – Project Elysium

Project Elysium, reminds adventurers just how remarkable the trip can be with its powerful 5.3-liter, 320-hp Chevrolet LC9 V-8 engine.  Finished in a custom matte black finish with a black roof, this Defender 110 received a complete upgrade by the decorated design team at E.C.D. and now brings a great balance of power torque and efficiency to this daily driver.

This asphalt ripping, road warrior also features a custom center console, VDO gauges and an impressive Kenwood infortainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, GPS, and backup camera.

Build Specs
5.3-liter,320-hp Chevrolet LC9 V-8 engine with Automatic Transmission
18” Defend 1983 wheels with BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires
Stainless steel Borla exhaust
VDO gauges
Custom Matte Black Paint
Custom Made Center Console
Masai panoramic windows
LED Lighting throughout
Kenwood infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, GPS, and backup camera
2-year/50,000-mile warranty from GM

 

Representing the Sunshine State of Florida – Project Millennium Falcon
Project Millennium Falcon, is a faster, more technologically advanced driving experience.  This Defender 90 features a Kahn Wide Body kit and Masai panoramic windows, LED lighting and an Amazon Echo unit with wireless WIFI throughout.

Dressed to impress, Project Millennium Falcon is running a 6.2-liter, 430-hp Chevrolet LS3 engine with a 4-Speed Automatic Transmission, Full Safety Devices roll cage, Borla exhaust and 18” Boost/Kahn Alloy wheels in black with BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires.

Build Specs
6.2-liter,430-hp Chevrolet LS3 engine with Automatic Transmission
18” Boost/Kahn Alloy wheels with BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires
Stainless steel Borla exhaust
Kahn Wide Body kit
Full Safety Devices Roll Cage
Momo Steering Wheel
Kahn 18”
Suede Puma Dash Maremma (MM) with white stitching
Diamond Stitching on two-tone suede interior featuring All-America Series Performance Seats
Black Procure headliner
Kenwood infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, GPS, and backup camera
All American Series Classic gauges
Carbon Fiber Pedals
Masai panoramic windows
LED Lighting throughout
Amazon Echo unit with WIFI

 

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Girls Basketball Team from Celebration High School Sponsored by Industry Giants – Backpacks donated by Under Armour & East Coast Defender

Local girls’ basketball teams from Celebration High School will begin the season with new backpacks sponsored by Under Armour and local, award-winning custom Land Rover builder, East Coast Defender.

The Storm team, currently 6-0 this season, joins hundreds of high schools nationwide whose teams are outfitted by Under Armour. The Baltimore-based sports apparel and footwear company is intent on getting area schools into the fold — protecting its local “house” — and building brand loyalty among the nation’s youth.

East Coast Defender is also committed to teaching and developing future leaders, good citizens, and outstanding young adults within Central Florida and where better to start than the girl’s basketball team from Celebration High School.

“We are grateful to be able to support the young ladies on this team by working with our friends & business partners at Under Armour,” states Scott Wallace, East Coast Defender Co-Owner. “Go Storm!”

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Top Five Holiday Road-trip Destinations in the US

 

For some, the perfect time for a memorable road trip is right after Thanksgiving when things tend to slow down at the office as many are away for the holidays. It also works if you are one of the many families with loved ones scattered throughout the country. For this group, a classic road trip at Christmas to a fun location makes sense.

Here are some of the most popular places in the U.S. to visit during Christmas. Some of these destinations are the usual suspects—New York City, Chicago—while others may surprise you. Use this information to plan your own Christmas travels or simply to get in the Christmas or travel spirit.

If you can swing it, a trip to New York City at Christmas is well worth it at least once in your lifetime. New York City makes it onto every best destination list, but it is especially gorgeous during the holidays with all the lights and the snow, making it a favorite destination for many Christmas travelers.

New York is famous for shopping, so it’s a great place to find unique gifts as well as find everything on your own wish list. New York City also boasts many holiday traditions, such as the holiday-themed windows at New York’s famed department stores. There is the giant pine Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, the lighting of which is celebrated with a special ceremony and musical performances.

The Windy City certainly has the brisk weather conditions to deliver a White Christmas—or at least a very, very cold one. However, tourists go to Chicago for Christmas for its big-city activities, such as viewing the millions of lights on the Magnificent Mile and enjoying Chicago’s German heritage at the popular Christkindlmarkt, a German Christmas market filled with holiday crafts, traditional wooden toys, and German food and drink. Like New York City, Chicago also has a giant Christmas tree, which is set up in Daley Plaza and inaugurated each year with much fanfare. Also check out the Annual Christmas Around the World Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

During the Christmas holidays, the city of St. Augustine lights up and becomes a festival of twinkling white lights as it hosts its annual Nights of Lights holiday display. Visitors and long-time residents alike are treated to a wonderland of lights adorning the ancient city, beginning at the Plaza de la Constitución, with its stunning holiday tree in the center and oaks strung with lights, and stretching out to illuminate all of St. Augustine’s historic district. From roof shingle to doorway entrance, the downtown buildings take on a glow of holiday cheer, with millions of twinkling white lights covering the historic sites, bed and breakfasts, museums, restaurants and shops of the nation’s oldest city.

The Nashville area, nothing says Christmas quite like a drive-through light show. The largest of its kind in Middle Tennessee, The Dancing Lights of Christmas features hundreds of thousands of LED bulbs, all synchronized to the music, which plays through your car radio. And while it’s not free, the show is well worth the $25 admission fee per car, so load up on hot cocoa and head out to Jennystone Park.

You have to be really committed to the idea of a cold, white Christmas to want to head to Alaska for the holidays. But for some people, Alaska is the North Pole. In fact, since 1952, thousands of children who have written to Santa with their Christmas wishes have sent their letters to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska (near Fairbanks). The Santa Claus House also writes letters back to kids, indeed a very exciting prospect for a child still moved by stories of Saint Nick. Wintertime is also prime time for catching the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, in Alaska.

There are a number of Christmas festivals and events in Alaska, including Christmas-themed ice art sculptures. Adventurous types can even try dog sledding. Indeed, if you can handle the chill and snow, Alaska provides a picture-perfect place for spending Christmas.    

We hope to see you on the road!

 

4 Reasons Clients Choose Us Over the Competition

East Coast Defender is a brand driven toward perfection. We strive for it in every build, every concept, and every day when we walk the grounds of our sprawling Central Florida facility. We didn’t get into the business of making incredible and unique Land Rover Defender customizations to be average; we strive to be the best. The Land Rover Defenders we customize are made with a luxurious and premium edge. Few can even accomplish the technical feats the experts at ECD come up with, and few try.

But beyond more vague concepts, what exactly puts East Coast Defender on a higher level than our competitors in vehicle modification? In between installing a few engines and sketching a few new designs, we thought up five reasons that separate us distinctly from the pack.

  1. Quality: All glitz and no substance? Not at the Rover Dome. Quality in materials, people, and even the very clients we work with is our main ethos. We simply do not accept “good enough.” We put hours and hours into debating what can elevate our builds even further, and we like to think it shows. A key decision we made was bringing all aspects of our builds in house.
  2. Innovative Customizations: While there may be some builders who can mimic our concepts to some degree, there are none that can imagine them. Our customizations take Land Rover Defenders to their very limits, and we approach each job as an opportunity to push that limit.
  3. Fly & Drive: This is a tremendously popular program that gets our potential clients as close to the build process as they wish before ever even placing an order. Fly down to our Florida headquarters (fully on us!), and see for yourself what we are capable of. This is just one way our customer service continues to impress. Add to this a custom client portal and constant communication, and you’ve got yourself a once-in-a-lifetime vehicle creation experience.
  4. Reputation: When aficionados and car enthusiasts ask who customized your Land Rover Defender, you’ll notice the East Coast Defender name alone carries a certain prestige: with good reason.

We look forward to continuing to prove that we are at the forefront of Land Rover Defender customization. As time passes, the gap between our competitors and us continues to grow. Follow our journey by keeping up to date through our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Building a Defender That Sounds as Good as It Looks

Land Rover Defenders are unmistakable in design. When the innovators at East Coast Defender get their hands on one, we can take this design to another level of creativity and splendor. People in your community will immediately recognize your luxury truck, and they may just wonder what other Land Rover Defenders are for sale so they can join the ranks of the select few. The trucks that roll out of the Rover Dome never fail to have flair, panache, and power.

Those limitations are no longer. We look to build Defenders with next-level sound, both coming out of the engine and reverberating from the epic interiors we create. Even in trucks that can be decades old at their base, our stereo and sound capabilities are fairly limitless due to our technical prowess.

The ECD Precedent
In all of our builds, we install JL Audio speakers throughout the vehicle that are a clear upgrade over what was installed in the factory years and years ago. These can be placed with an extreme level of detail based on client needs.

Next-Generation Sound Systems
Our top-of-the-line sound packages are innovative and one of a kind. We place touchscreen technology at the fingertips of the driver, giving them the ability to control a number of functions:

  • Wi-Fi enabled throughout the vehicle.
  • An array of premium JL Audio/Morel surround-sound speakers.
  • Navigation, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay all routed through one centralized system.
  • Wireless phone charging.

The importance of sound does not end with interior music and navigation, however. Our Land Rover Defenders come with serious horsepower: we can install the Chevrolet LS3 or LC9 engine variations in any Defender and they sound downright mean running through our custom stainless steel Borla exhaust systems.

At East Coast Defender, our heart is in ground-up customizations that take Land Rover Defenders that were for sale and transform them into something completely new.
For a Defender at the level of quality that ours achieve, no detail is too small: not even the sound.

Celebrities & Land Rovers: A History

Land Rover Defenders are often the utility truck chosen by celebrities and royalty because of the combination of immense luxury and quality that they consistently provide. But they are also vehicles capable of being truly unique, and matching up to the unconventional personality of an adventurous owner. Add all of these reasons up, and it emphasizes why the list of all-star names associated with the truck over the decades is very long. One name on that list stands out: the cornerstone of The Beatles, Paul McCartney.

Sir Paul, in fact, wrote a song, “Helen Wheels” in tribute to his vaunted Land Rover, an earlier version that would later inspire the Defender. The song was actually a 1973 single released just before the album Band on the Run, which was a notable Wings effort that followed the breakup of the Beatles. McCartney used the Land Rover to shuttle around his young family, and is quoted as saying this of the song and car:

“Helen Wheels is our Land Rover. It’s a name we gave to our Land Rover, which is a trusted vehicle that gets us around Scotland. It takes us up to the Shetland Islands and down to London.”

If you listen to the lyrics of the song (M6 South down Liverpool/Where they play the West coast sound), they trace a route that McCartney used to take in the truck. It’s a neat piece of music and Land Rover history mixed.

McCartney wasn’t the only celebrity linked to the epic nature of a Defender predecessor; he’s only one of many. Winston Churchill had a specially designed Series 1 with a large seat to fit his bulldog frame, and that exclusive car sold at auction for almost $165,000 in 2012. Steve McQueen also had a notable Land Rover Series IIA that he drove in the 1960s; it’s said to have been regularly sighted cruising the Sierra Madre Mountains.

And of course, even fictional celebrities have driven Defenders; the trucks have appeared in various forms over the course of the James Bond franchise, with the man himself often behind the wheel (Sean Connery, in real life, also is said to own a fleet on his estate).

The names of Land Rover Defender owners range on from Bob Marley (who had a Series truck) to Calvin Klein (who had a very distinctive 1993 NAS series), but what binds them all is the exclusivity of the truck as well as the ability to customize it to an amazing degree. And at East Coast Defender, we continue this tradition. We build cutting-edge Defenders that will, perhaps, inspire the next great song.