Urban off-roading never looked so mean.
The Chelsea Truck Company may not be all that well known in the States but its converted Land Rover Defenders, Mercedes G-Wagons and Jeep Wranglers have become a common sight in Britain’s more affluent neighborhoods. One of its latest creations involves the recently discontinued iconic Land Rover Defender and a whole lot of rugged modifications.
The base car is already rugged enough, but the Chelsea Truck Co. has further raised the suspension by two inches and added satin black 16-inch off-road wheels which stick out purposefully on either side of the vehicle. Both front and rear wings have been widened with integrated vents and bolt apertures while LED lighting is standard both front and rear.
The Volcanic Rock Satin paintwork suits the Defender’s chunky styling perfectly and the modified front grille, bumper guard, and massive rear mud flaps with integrated exhaust outlets all work together to create a very intimidating looking vehicle. The interior has also received a thorough makeover but instead of the minimalist design you might be expecting, this Defender is an all-terrain luxury truck.
The front sports seats are trimmed in Portland Quilted Leather while a Kahn satin silver billet steering wheel, vented foot pedals and leather covered glove box, dashboard and door cards add further opulence. No mention is made of any upgrades to the 2.2-liter turbodiesel motor but even in standard form, it should be perfectly suited to crushing less worthy cars under its wheels when parking spots are hard to come by.
The Chelsea Truck Company Land Rover Defender XS 110 Double Cab Pick Up is listed for the equivalent of $74,500 on the company’s website, however, they also have a 2015 model with 8,500-miles on the clock advertised for an even steeper $89,900. That also happens to be the base price of a brand new Range Rover in the US and is almost twice the price of a Velar.
Either these Defenders are a better investment than your house or this particular example is packed to the hilt with optional extras. Either way, this is one desirable looking and expensive truck, equally capable of taking on the upcoming zombie apocalypse or doing the school run, which can sometimes amount to much the same thing.