The Land Rover Defender is as much a part of the Queen’s public persona as her coloured hats and Corgis.
Allow Kahn News to dream up 4 of the best Chelsea Truck Company models...
Harris Tweed Ma’am?
The Harris Tweed Edition Defender Wide Track is fit for a Queen.
The hand-woven Harris Tweed is applied to the front and rear seats, roof lining and sun visors. Elsewhere, the Defender's once brutally utilitarian cabin is swathed in Leather and silver contrast stitching. There's a splash of red for the rev counter, seat belts and clock, and you get machined aluminium pedals.
As for the exterior, front and rear wide wings with vents and bolt apertures, extended wheel arches, headlamps, front bumper replacement with bumper lights, bonnet and side vents with mesh stainless steel, side steps, X-Lander front grille and 8" x 18" Defend 1945 Retro Wheels demand attention.
Afzal Kahn says tweed is a 'noble fabric' and deserves its place on one of one of the British motoring industry's most enduring icons, does Ma’am agree?
Keswick Green Is the Colour
Even the likes of Her Majesty’s gaffe prone other half, Prince Philip, would be rendered speechless upon viewing the Keswick Green Land Rover Defender 2.4 TDCI 90 Pick Up – Chelsea Wide Track.
Any royal would certainly appreciate the benefits of a modern-day Defender. Discount those royals who believe a Defender’s purpose should be like that of a galloping horse or a Labrador with a dead pheasant in its mouth for hunting, and so on.
If you are a hip swaying, Latte drinking, photogenic royal then this is for you...
The new 8.5” x 16” 1939 Defend Retro Dish models, with 275/55/20 tyres, a Wide Track body kit, X-Lander front grille, full front bumper replacement with integrated lights and a pair of optional side steps would not look out of place during an official Royal visit.
As for the interior, Sports GTB seats in quilted and perforated leather, leather instrument binnacle, door cards, Kahn billet steering wheel, Churchill Time Clock and vented foot pedals in machined aluminium make for an interior fit for Sandringham.
The Presidential SVX
The passenger seat of the suitably presidential Chelsea Truck Company Land Rover SVX is ideal for heads of state, whilst Her Majesty is at the helm (well, we can dream!).
Imagine, Qatari King Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani being chauffeured by a fellow monarch. A certain story for the grand-kids.
We imagine he would get rather acquainted with his black quilted Nappa leather racing seat, complete with Harris Tweed Inserts and silver contrast stitching. He would also admire the centre glove box in black quilted nappa, Churchill time clock and speedo/rev counter facia and Kahn billet steering wheel, whilst briefing Her Majesty on his investment portfolio.
Who would not enjoy being driven around in this Santorini Black beauty, complete with with front and rear wide wings, extended wheel arches, cross-hair military headlights, Kahn fog lamps and the X-Lander front grille?
Additional touches to this special 60th anniversary Edition vehicle include a set of Volcanic Black Mondial wheels, in a 9.0” x 20” fitment with 275 x 55 x 20 tyres and a twin crosshair exhaust system.
Jewel Of The Crown
Images were widely published of the then-pregnant Princess Diana, sitting with the Prince of Wales on the bonnet of a green Range Rover at the Grand National many years ago.
The royal love of all things Land Rover could be re-kindled thanks to the distinctive Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI Fungus Green XS 110 Wide Track.
Dark-tinted privacy glass will leave onlookers guessing what is on the inside; surely the prized crown, complete with the Kohinoor Jewells should be on board!
The front and rear seats have been replaced with GTB sport units with quilted and perforated tan nappa leather. The centre glove box, passenger dashboard, grab handles, door panel inserts, instrument binnacle, rear door panel, roof headlining and sun visors are all upholstered to match.
Her Majesty will also benefit from a Churchill time clock and speedo/rev counter facia in red, door entry sill plates, rear cabin access LED lights, reverse camera, Kahn billet steering wheel and vented machined aluminium foot pedals. In addition, the rear floor space has been replaced with classic teak decking, including a transparent pod for the Alpine stereo amplifier.
The CTC team added a new X-Lander front grille in Fungus Green, front and rear wide wing arches, new bumper with integrated lighting, cross-hair military headlights and bumper sump guard to name just some of the luxurious touches on offer.
A set of 1948 Defend wheels in satin black, in an 8.0” x 16” fitment with 265x75x16 tyres, and liquid red painted brake callipers adorn the exterior. A twin crosshair exhaust system, 2” suspension lift, up rated gas shocks/steering damper, welcome ambient illumination package and hard- wearing mud flaps give the SUV a tough look.
How’s that for a royal specification?
Cup of tea Ma’am?