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Few Restomods Can Touch This Perfectly-Restored Range Rover Classic

January 18, 2020 Cars By

ECD Automotive Design is one of the biggest names in ground-up Land Rover restoration. The “D” in ECD stands for “Defender,” and the company has put forth some exquisite versions of that Landie, such as the military-style Project Neo and the overlanding beast Project Invictus. But ECD also restores Range Rover Classics. One particularly fine example is their most recent build, Project Gunn, built for a custom build for a buyer who used what ECD describes as their “luxury design experience.”

Project Gunn is a Range Rover Classic County (the long-wheelbase version). The customer had it painted in Alpine White, with an off-color Gloss Black roof. While the exterior is staid and classic, the inside is a bit zestier, with a Torino Salsa Red leather interior. The whole effect sort of looks like a Range Rover Classic meets a modern Range Rover Sport —  and we definitely approve.

ECD swapped the engine for a rock-solid 6.2-liter Chevy V8 with 403 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Range Rover Classic also has ECD’s custom and adjustable air-ride suspension setup. The entire build required a stunning 2,200 man-hours.

The company didn’t say how much it cost to create this custom build. But with the intensive labor involved, we have to imagine it was rather pricey. For context: the cheapest ECD build currently available on its site is a $165,000 Defender 110.

Also, no background information behind the “Project Gunn” name was provided, so we’re just going to hope it was former Project Runway design guru Tim Gunn who demanded a big Chevy V8 and those red leather seats.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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