East Coast Defender Project Blackout

The recent “Project Blackout” from East Coast Defender, showcases the balanced power of the LC9 small-block engine wrapped inside a beautifully handcrafted, black-on-black Defender 90. Known for its excellent handling and acceleration, the 326 horsepower 5.3L engine is a smart option for drivers who want the convenience of owning a daily driver, as well as a weekend warrior at the beach.

“Project Blackout” started out as a 1987 Defender 90, which was located by ECD co-founder Elliot Humble near Norfolk County in England. Project Blackout’s build began in June 2016 and rolled out of The Rover Dome on June 29, 2017.

The black exterior with black interior is why this custom Defender was dubbed “Project Blackout”. It is finished in a classic black paint with black checkerplate accents and 18-inch black Sawtooth wheels. Inside the cabin are heated black leather Land Rover seats with black instrument panel and Momo leather wrapped steering wheel.

Other features include a Borla exhaust, six-speed transmission, EBC Performance Brakes, Classic Instruments Moal Bomber Guages, Kenwood Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, GPS, and backup camera, Ron Davis aluminum radiator, tire pressure monitoring system and more.

“‘Project Blackout’ is the perfect example of our team’s ability to build a Defender tailored to the specific needs of the owner,” said Scott Wallace, East Coast Defender Co-Owner. “The owner of this ECD Defender, asked us to build an SUV that is equally at home on the road, as it is during a long weekend at the beach. Naturally, the LC9 engine was the perfect engine option because it delivers balanced power without sacrificing efficiency.”

“We have an incredibly diverse client base who come to us from across the country,” said Elliot Humble, East Coast Defender Co-owner. “I believe that speaks volumes about the broad appeal of our handcrafted Defenders. Like a finely tailored shirt, each SUV we build exudes the character and personality of its owner. ‘Project Blackout’ is an attractive vehicle that’s a stunning extension of its new owner.”


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