ECD Auto Design specializes in building restomods of classic Land Rover and Jaguar E-Type models. The latest build is a deliciously retro Range Rover with a modern powerplant. The company is calling this creation Project Oliver Plaid, which hints at what the cabin will look like.
A 1990s Land Rover Range Rover Classic is the starting point for this build, but ECD rounds it out with a 1970s look. The body is Bentley Alpine Green, reminiscent of the avocado color of 70s home appliances. The exterior features front skid plates, a roof basket and four mud flaps.
The original Range Rover Classic was capable with a V8 engine, but nowhere near as big as the 6.2-liter LS3 powerplant in Project Oliver Plaid. ECD Auto Design does not specify factory output. Crate engines are available for the Chevrolet Performance produces 430 horsepower and 425 pound-feet. This arrangement comes out of a pair of Borla exhaust pipes.
This build uses a six-speed automatic transmission. The axle is stock, and it uses air suspension.
The interior features a retro aesthetic. The seats have a green checkerboard center and brown Nappa leather sides. The floor mat is Olive Green, and the green rug is underneath. The ECD adds a dedicated center console. The original instrument panel is missing; the new cluster comes from Dakota Digital. Blaupunkt stereo with Bluetooth support and Infinity Kappa speakers add modern technology to this 1970s-looking rig.
Although these builds use V8 combustion engines, ECD also builds vehicles with electric powertrains. It shows the restomod Defender 110 making an impressive 450 horsepower and packing a 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack. No sign of EV exchange from outside.
ECD has also announced an electric powertrain option for Jaguar E-Type restomods. They will also produce 450 hp and offer around 140 miles of driving on the highway.