Few vehicles are as instantly recognizable as a Land Rover Defender. One of the last real vestiges of World War II still in production, the Defender lasted nearly seven decades with only minor updates before it was finally killed off early last year. Like the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco, a number of aftermarket companies have popped up over the years to supply custom and highly modified versions of the Defender. East Coast Defender, a custom outfit in Florida, is now partnering with English outerwear company Barbour on special one-off model.
Founded in England in 1894, Barbour's history dates back nearly twice as far as that of the Defender. The company's North American division commissioned this Defender as a promotional vehicle. You can even enter into a sweepstakes to win the Land Rover for yourself. Aside from the Coniston Green paint and Barbour logo on the roof, the Defender has a number of new and updated parts.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Defender uses a rebuilt version of a Rover V8, not an LS or a Coyote swap like some might expect. Power is sent to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. The interior features saddle leather with Barbour-patterned tartan inserts. Like the seats, the door pockets and some of the other trim pieces are done in tartan. The Defender has a Kenwood stereo, a Momo steering wheel and LED lighting inside and out.
Pricing isn't explicit, but the sweepstakes page says the whole package is worth $129,000. That's quite a bit more than other East Coast Defender projects, but those don't have the Barbour name across the side.
East Coast Defender teams with Barbour for a tartan-trimmed Land Rover originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:50:00 EDT.