After years of perfecting our Land Rover Defender restorations at ECD, we took the leap and started introducing Range Rover Classic or RRC restoration projects into the mix. Now, with over half a decades worth of experience with RRC restorations, we’ve got a stunning lineup of finished projects to show. While some of these projects have been LWB Range Rover Classics, others have been SWB Range Rover Classics.
If you’ve been wondering about starting your own RRC restoration project with ECD, one of the first steps will be deciding if you want to go with an LWB or an SWB. To make the decision a little easier, here’s everything you need to know about the LWB vs. SWB Range Rover Classic.
The acronym SWB on the SWB Range Rover Classic refers to its short wheelbase, which is 115 inches long. In the same respect, the acronym LWB on the LWB Range Rover Classic refers to its long wheelbase, which is 122.9 inches. While it may seem that a mere few inches tell the difference between the LWB vs. SWB Range Rover Classic, the variance in their wheelbases actually create significant differences between these two Range Rovers.
The two biggest differences between the LWB vs. SWB Range Rovers are maneuverability and space. Of course, with its short wheelbase, the SWB Range Rover has the ability to make sharper turns, tackle rugged terrain, and simply provide greater maneuverability overall. While the LWB Range Rover might be lacking in terms of maneuverability, it more than makes up for it in space and comfort.
The longer wheelbase on the LWB Range Rover Classic means there is more distance between axles, which allows the suspension system to better absorb every bump or pothole the road has to offer. This means the LWB Range Rover can provide a smoother and more comfortable ride down the highway than the SWB Range Rover. In addition to the smoother ride, the LWB Range Rover offers more space than the SWB Range Rover, with more legroom for the second row and great volume in the cargo area.
So, which Range Rover Classic option is right for you? Well, it all comes down to what your goals or intentions are for your vehicles. If you dream of taking your Range Rover Classic offroading, you would likely be better suited with the SWB Range Rover Classic. However, if you want to maximize your space and enjoy a smooth ride in town and on the highway, you’d probably want to go with the LWB Range Rover Classic.
Whether you decide an LWB or SWB Range Rover Classic will better suit your needs, the team at ECD can make your Range Rover dreams a reality. At ECD, every restored Range Rover Classic is built to our client’s exact specifications. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own restored Range Rover Classic build, you need to check out Project Red Rover and Project Gunn.
A custom-built SWB Range Rover Classic by ECD, Project Red Rover is powered by an aggressive Chevrolet 6.2L V8 engine that produces 430 horsepower. It’s a true head turner, painted in Carmen Red Pearl with a gloss finish, and sits on black 20” Kahn Mondial wheels. Along with its sleek exterior, Red Rover’s interior is simply stunning.
This SWB Range Rover Classic is outfitted with dark wood trims, tan leather, a cardinal red stitch color, and a black carpet. In addition, Project Red Rover is stacked with all the modern tech features like keyless entry, a wireless charging station, in-car Wi-Fi, a backup camera, a JL Audio amplified 8-speaker with subwoofer, and an Alpine Halo infotainment system.
A one-of-a-kind LWB Range Rover Classic restoration by ECD, Project Gunn is eye-catching with its full-gloss bright Alpine White finish, black roof, and 18-inch Kahn Defend 1983 wheels in satin black. On the interior, Project Gunn is bold with reupholstered seats in Red Torino Salsa leather that features a black horizontal stitch pattern.
Under the hood, Project Gunn sports a 6.2L L92 V8 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This LWB Range Rover Classic is also equipped with high-performance disc brakes with EBC rotors, LED headlights, a custom ECD adjustable air suspension system, upgraded fuel lines, and an upgraded fuel pump.
LWB vs. SWB Range Rover Classic: it’s definitely a hard choice, but you simply can’t go wrong with any type of restored Range Rover Classic from ECD. If you’re ready to start your Range Rover Classic build, contact us today. Or, if you need a little more time to think about what features you want to incorporate into your build project, check out our 3D Build Simulator to see how your RRC could look!
Feel free to contact ECD Automotive Design today, and you’ll embark on a journey filled with boundless possibilities for tailoring your automotive dreams. Our team of experts is eager to collaborate with you, ensuring that your vehicle reflects your unique style and preferences. With ECD, your automotive vision becomes a reality.
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