Meeting with the client I sensed she wanted a Defender that had a Classic Land Rover feel but she also wanted a bold stance (menacing but very comfortable to drive her Children and their friends around) with a little bit of Safari and definitely wanted it luxurious.
I designed and answered her desires with Antoni the Helderburg D110 Double Cab. My first objective was to create a Defender that was rare and unique so I chose the Double Cab Truck as the platform. Knowing the kids would want their own separate section (clubhouse) with seating for 4 in the center face bench seats with seatbelts, the double cab would create the cool Mom factor.
To protect the kids and hickory wood flooring from the rain or sun we worked with a company to create a custom fast removal insulated soft top for the truck bed of the double cab. Safety was also important with the top off or on so we added a full six point roll cage that is bolted to the frame of the Defender.
To provide the bold stance we installed a 3″ suspension lift that rides on Fox shocks and progessive coil springs for a comfortable ride. We added custom steel wheels with a significant offset to set the BFGoodrich KM3 tires out wide and avoid wheel spacers. To add to the wider profile we custom fabricated the wider than standard wheel arches.
In creating the luxurious feel the handcrafted interior is done in a Helderburg fawn leather from the tannery in Scotland which is dog proof and easy to clean. The diamond stitching on the heated seats provide all day comfort and shows the bespoke craftsmanship. The leather wrapped dash, door panels and matching custom made alcantara suede headliner creates a bright cabin which is reminiscent of a Rolls Royce interior.
The cabin has extensive sound deadening and insulation to create a barrier from road noise and external temperatures. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ensure Mom can play tunes for the kids and communicate with her office on her commute via handsfree calls.
As for performance this Defender 300 TDi will move with our custom Helderburg modifications and it sounds good with the custom exhaust. It’s also highly fuel efficient with a rated 27-32 mpg. Antoni the Helderburg D110 double cab is an investment quality build that can be driven without concern it will diminish in value. It’s a vehicle that will be cherished for years to come and I can only imagine many memories are going to be made in this Defender.