The Project CL is the stunning Defender built for the beach life
The ultimate #surfmobile?
East Coast Defender, also known as ECD Auto Design, is a Florida-based tuning company that specializes, as the name suggests, in special edition Landies and this particular model, dubbed the 'Project CL', is a perfect embodiment of what they can do. A surfmobile Landie? Count me in.
The open-top Defender was painted Aries Blue and fitted with steel bumpers with a front winch, new fenders and a set of 18-inch Kahn 1983 wheels in satin black with BFGoodrich all-terrain tires wrapped around them and much needed Brembo brakes.
I said 'much needed' because they've also given the Defender a very meaty engine, which is why you need some some serious stopping power from those brakes. The factory engine was replaced with a 6.2-liter V8 LS3 sourced from a Corvette, paired with an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, of course, with a new custom air suspension system.
The cabin was reupholstered in beige leather with diamond quilting and the Defender comes with a 2+4 seating layout. You've two seats at the front and two inward-facing jump seats at the back. That's similar to what you'd normally get in a standard Defender except you'd usually get a no-nonsense beach seat, whereas you've got a total of four seats in this one.
The dashboard was rebuilt and wrapped in leather. It was fitted with custom silver gauges, given a Sony infotainment system and there's also a three-spoke Momo steering wheel made from wood.
ECD didn't say anything about pricing but their projects usually cost $100,000-200,000 so be ready to reach for your wallet. However, if you can afford it - and if you live near beach - I certainly think it's worth.