O on the surface, this Land Rover looks like a normal specimen of the Series IIa, just in absolute top condition. However, this car comes from East Coast Defender (E.C.D.) Automotive Design, which in turn means: Only the shell is normal on this Landy. Because the Americans specialize in Restomod conversions of historic Land Rover models, which usually include a heart transplant.
Now there is a 6.2-liter V8 in the bow
So too in the case of 'Project Henry'. The original engine gives way to none other than the LS3-V8 from the General Motors shelf. Connoisseurs know: The 6.2-liter unit was used in the Corvette C6, where it made 436 hp and sent a maximum of 575 Newton meters towards the rear axle. E.C.D. is silent about the performance values of his Series IIa creation, but it can hardly be assumed that the engine is noticeably throttled.
Incidentally, the ancillary units are also modern. And to take account of the massive increase in performance, the LS3-V8 is coupled to a new five-speed manual transmission and the brakes have been upgraded. The chassis can also look forward to springs and dampers developed according to today's requirements.
Cautious improvements outside and inside
Externally, this has already been indicated, the Americans largely did it with a classic restoration left. Sir Henry even rolls - in contrast to most other E.C.D. creations - on relatively narrow,spokeless 16-inch steel wheels. Whether firm or loose: Matching All Terrain T /A off-road tires from BF Goodrich maintain contact with the ground. Land Rover traditionalists are likely to be bothered by the LED headlights, but that also works as a safety-relevant modernization.
Inside, E.C.D. his work in this style continues: with the dashboard made of bare metal, the thin three-spoke steering wheel and the centrally placed, analog round instruments, it remains as sparse as the original - but not as extreme as the series Landy. The seats and the storage box placed between them, for example, are covered with fine leather in chestnut brown. A color that goes perfectly with the glossy finish in 'Chawton White'.