E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, revealed a custom Defender 130 from their Ultimate Vehicle Concept (UVC) division, where vehicle designs are limited only by the clients’ imaginations. The Defender 130, named Project Barge, is the most heavily customized vehicle built by E.C.D. and features exceptionally unique and ultra-premium features throughout.
The two-tone exterior body of Project Barge is finished in full-gloss “White Diamond Pearl” paint, while the roof, front grille, and 18-inch Kahn Mondial Retro wheels are finished in “Nara Bronze.” A custom Safety Devices roll-cage was finished in premium Line-X in the same “Nara Bronze” to match.
Project Barge is the first vehicle from E.C.D. to feature wood in the rear tub. The Brazilian teak offers a unique contrast to the pearl white exterior. An additional stand-out feature of Project Barge is the copper-plated metalwork throughout the exterior and interior of the vehicle, another first for E.C.D. Automotive Design. Door hinges, fuel cap, exterior door handles, and interior gas and brake pedals have all been copper-plated and patinated.
“We’ve effectively given a brand new built vehicle an aged patina. The look is quite superb,” says Tom Humble, co-owner of E.C.D. Automotive Design.
On the interior, Project Barge features ultra-luxurious Hydes Nappa leather in a soft brown color that brings together the copper and bronze. There are plenty of modern comforts as well, such as a Sony infotainment system, a full JL Audio amplified sound system, in-vehicle WiFi, a blind-spot monitoring system, and rear air-conditioning controls for passengers.
Project Barge exemplifies the extent of how detailed vehicles can be designed through the Luxury Design Experience, a fully immersive design experience unlike any other, giving clients full control over the details and design of the vehicles.
Project Barge Vehicle Specifications:
Model – Custom Defender 130
Engine – 6.2L LS3 V8
Transmission – 6-speed automatic
Brakes – 920E brake system
Cooling System – Ron Davis custom aluminum radiator
Exhaust – Borla Performance exhaust system with Kahn Crosshair tips
Paint Colors – Two-tone – White Diamond Pearl; Nara Bronze
Metalwork – Custom Copper-plated
Hood air intakes; Side intakes; Hood hinges; Fuel cap; Door hinges; Exterior door handles
Wheels – 20” Kahn Mondial Retro wheels
Grille – LR Adventure grille
Front Bumper – Kahn front bumper with Tron Ring lights and fog lights
Roll Cage – Safety Devices 4-point roll cage and rear roll cage
Lighting – Rigid Industries Midnight Edition LED light bars on the front and rear; Vision X Halo automatic headlights; Puddle lighting
Rear Bed – Custom Brazilian Teak wood
Additional – Kahn steering guard; Blind spot mirrors
Front Seats – Exmoor Modular heated/ventilated seats with electric lumbar support
Middle-row Seats – Custom Puma-style bench seats
Load-area Seats – Removable bench-pads
Leather – Hydes Nappa Leather in Thema and perforated for ventilation
Steering Wheel – Kahn steering wheel with a custom logo
Gauges – Nostalgia VT gauges with copper-plated bezels and gauge needles
Headliner – Alcantara in Dark Brown
Lighting – LED lighting on the headliner
Metalwork – Custom Copper-plated
Gas and brake pedals; Interior door handles and locks
Additional Puma dash; Seat belts in Dark Brown; Mud UK glove box
Electronics & Audio
Radio – Sony infotainment system with Sirius XM radio
Speakers – JL Audio amplified speakers with a JBL subwoofer
Vehicle Security – Viper vehicle security with remote start and remote keyless entry
Safety Electronics – Blind-spot monitoring system; Custom TPMS sensor; Back-up sensors
Additional – Front and rear cameras; Homelink garage opener; Power front/middle windows; In-vehicle WiFi; Rear A/C; USB ports; 110V outlet
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