This Land Rover Defender Overland Camper Is Super Luxe
Where rad meets off-road.
If you have a spare quarter-million dollars—and who doesn't—then we have just the toy for you: the E.C.D. Automotive Design Land Rover Defender. Known as Project Invictus, this all-out, overland-ready Defender is equipped with everything you need for an amazing adventure, or at least to look like you're ready for one. Based on a 1991 Land Rover Defender 110 sourced from the Peak District near the U.K. 's Midlands region, Project Invictus has seen more than 2,200 hours invested by the team at E.C.D. 's Florida headquarters. If you're wondering where the Project Invictus name comes from, it's the owner's own title for the car, chosen to highlight the "durability and strength" of the British off-roading icon.
Brown and black Duotone Spinneybeck leather lines the cabin in an elegant and durable-looking suit, with 60/40-split folding middle-row seats, an Exmoor Lockbox center console, and a Sony infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and a backup camera. A JBL Audio sound system with subwoofer provides the beats, while a Midland 75-822 CB Radio ensures you're never out of contact.
In addition to a super luxurious custom leather, wood, and carpeted interior, Project Invictus also gets a range of mechanical and equipment upgrades over its donor vehicle. Chief among the mechanical upgrades is the replacement of the wheezy stock engine with a General Motors LS3 6.2-liter V-8, rated at 430 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission sends the power to all four wheels, while a custom ECD two-way air suspension with quick disconnect helps keep the power going to the ground. A Borla performance exhaust adds a meaner note to the engine's growl.
The exterior is painted in Nara Bronze with a satin black treatment for the roof and wheel spats. Custom Kahn 18-inch wheels are wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires. For overloading and off-roading success, the E.C.D. Defender also gets a custom low-mount winch bumper with a Warn VR-12S winch, Hella Rallye lighting all over the exterior, a high-lift vehicle jack, ARB Tred Pro recovery boards, a roof rack, a rooftop tent and awning from Cascadia Vehicle Tents (CVT), a shower for keeping clean in the backcountry, and two 20-liter steel jerrycans. A solar-power system stores energy in a separate 12-volt battery for campsite electricity.
So how much does all this mobile glamping ability cost? E.C.D. Automotive says a similarly equipped vehicle would cost an estimated $240,000. Sure, that's a lot of cash, but can you really put a price on freedom?