This is UVC’s flagship USD285,000, Chevrolet LS3 V-8 powered Land Rover Defender pickup. The company behind this project is East Coast Defender and it was founded by 3 self-prescribed “British petrol heads”; brothers Tom and Elliot Humble, as well as their close friend Scott Wallace. Growing up near the famous Lode Lane factory in England, the brothers found themselves surrounded by Defenders throughout their childhood. They officially opened the East Coast Defender workshop in 2013 and it has been building the world’s most celebrated, handcrafted Defenders since.

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The company is based in Kissimmee, Florida, where every East Coast Defender is built by hand and completely in house at its 21,000 sq. ft. facility, named the “Rover Dome.” Land Rover project-viper8

Build options available to UVC clients include custom built axles, shock absorbers, air intakes for snorkels, lighting options and off-road protection, as well as hand-built wheels. Land Rover project-viper9

Approximately 95% of the custom work is done by hand by skilled craftsmen and engineers. The build process is time intensive and includes countless hours of design, build, fit, re-design and re-fit until the vehicle exceeds UVC’s standards for design and performance.

Project Viper performance specs include:

  • 2-liter, 430-hp Chevrolet LS3 V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hand built in the USA custom aluminum radiator
  • Hand built in the USA Ricks Tanks full stainless steel fuel cell with dual point fuel pick ups
  • Braided stainless steel fuel lines
  • Stainless steel brake lines
  • Wilwood brakes with 6-piston front race calipers and 4-piston rear race calipers with vented and drilled rotors all around
  • KAM custom heavy duty axles with electronic locking differentials
  • Heavy duty steering arms
  • Fully custom suspension system
  • King Off-Road Racing shocks and steering damper
  • 2” lifted Old Man Emu coil springs

East Coast Defender Automotive Photography by Deremer Studios LLC

Project Viper interior and convenience specs include:

  • Puma dash upgrade
  • Air conditioning
  • Classic Instruments Moal Bomber series gauges
  • Kenwood touchscreen infotainment system with GPS, backup camera, wifi, and Apple Car Play/Android Auto with a custom Morel amplified speaker system
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Black Corbeau heated leather seats with white accent stitching
  • LED lighting throughout with auto-on headlights, mood lighting, and puddle lighting
  • Power windows
  • Remote locking and alarm system

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Project Viper exterior and styling specs include:

  • Custom ECD Edition 20” wheels by ADV.1 with Nitto Mud Grappler tires
  • Tinted factory windows
  • Tubular winch bumper with WARN winch
  • Custom-built swing away spare tire carrier
  • Full Safety Devices external roll cage
  • Front LED spot lamps
  • Rear LED work lamps
  • Custom built diamond plated bed liner with toolboxes and seating

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