It’s been two years since the last Land Rover Defender, a soft-top “90”, rolled off the production line in JLR’s UK factory. Since its inception in 1948 it has become one of the most coveted and celebrated automotive machines to come out of Britain, and arguably the most iconic 4×4 in history, a league above the Jeep Wrangler.
For anyone who has owned or driven a Defender, they will confirm it is one of the most ambivalent and turbulent love affairs they have ever had. They hate to love it, with its tiny cabin and numerous faults, yet they wouldn’t have any other Land Rover – or 4×4 for that matter – in their garage.
The Chelsea Truck Company are fierce advocates for the custom 4×4. Everything from Defenders to G-Wagens and Wranglers alike, their aftermarket jobs don’t just turn heads, they break necks.
This Defender has been dubbed ‘Bigfoot,’ boasting Russian Blue leather, hand-stitched materials, Blue Harris Tweed, machined aluminum, a striking Cromax paint finish, along with satnav and a DAB system with full Facia surround sound. It’s biggest modification, and its namesake, is the 5 x 10×16” 5-spoke tubler steel wheels in Satin Black, complete with 5 x 37” Maxxis Trepador extreme off-road tyres.
Feast your eyes on the beast below, and then go behind the scenes at Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic Works.