Chelsea Truck Company Says Farewell to Land Rover Defender with “The End Edition”

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Company bids adieu to boxy Land Rover ute with a Defender trimmed with special interior and exterior add-ons.

For decades, the Land Rover Defender was an icon of off-road performance and military service. Land Rover stopped producing it last January, ending the Defender’s long career of service in both rough natural conditions and revolutions. Chelsea Truck Company, a division of Kahn Design, has decided to say goodbye to the Defender in its own special way.

The England-based company got its hands on 25 Defenders and is using those as the starting point for its “The End Edition” line of vehicles. Chelsea Truck Company’s (ironically) French Racing Blue cube features a special grille that sits between a pair of LED headlights. Under the hood, there’s a 2.2-liter turbodiesel four. That’s flanked by wider fenders, which are also on the back half of this special Defender.

Up top, there’s a black satin roof surrounding a panoramic glass sunroof. It coordinates with the black of the 9″ x 20″ Mondial Volcanic Black alloy wheels wrapped in 275/55R20 tires.

Chelsea Truck Company has also upgraded the interior with a variety of touches, including leather accents on the dashboard and instrument binnacle, a Churchill clock insert, machined aluminum pedals, and a billet and leather steering wheel. The perforated leather sport seats have striped fabric inserts that are supposed to bring to mind “the attractive inner lining of a well-made suit.”

Given Chelsea Truck Company’s work with Land Rover vehicles, perhaps it will decide to come out with a “The Beginning Edition” line in 2018 when Land Rover starts producing a next-generation model of the Defender. Land Rover claims it will have a functional design, durable interior, practical technology, and off-road expertise.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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