Some months ago we were contacted by Jonathan who had discovered Kingsmen Editions online. Jonathan owns a Land Rover Defender 110 which is in fantastic condition and the ideal candidate for conversion.
After several phone calls, and much discussion, two members of the Kingsmen team met Jonathan. The brief was clear and inspiring – a love of Land Rover, the countryside, family and adventure with a modern twist. Think glamping, fun and friends. Kingsmen are a creative bunch, brimming with ideas, so it was only the latter that was a little more challenging in 2020!
We drew up sketches, involved top technicians and creative thinkers who put their heads together, we had a lot of fun. Jonathan was involved every step of the way. The very nature of what we do is time consuming, every component has to be checked, tested, and re-tested before installation. You can’t rush perfection!
Jonathan’s beautiful Defender began to take on the ‘Kingsmen look’. Bespoke security hinges, beautiful upholstery, sophisticated in car entertainment system and Kingsmen branding throughout, just to give a hint of who we are. Kingsmen, a British vehicle enhancement company working on an iconic British brand. We do not set out to re-invent the wheel; we enhance the already magnificent vehicles that JLR has invested millions into developing. We create accessories to allow conveniences at your fingertips and a vehicle fit for a specific lifestyle. “Your design, Our Creation”
Returning to the project in hand, 2.3km of cabling was carefully twisted, turned, fused and wired to create an entertainment system Focal would be proud of! The inbuilt Kingsmen Wi-Fi hotspot will ensure connection anywhere, anytime. Rear flood lights, 240V electric sockets and even a portable jet wash tucked into a rear locker are just a few details that were included for ‘camping’ trips with a difference. The roof tent will be the final addition to this great model.
Continuing with the theme of setting a Kingsmen vehicle apart, hospitality is of course key, whether it’s a day shooting, a trip to the beach or watching the races… Jonathan’s Defender epitomises warmth and once the rules allow, it will become a social hub. We’ve hidden all the essentials neatly – a beer fridge, hot water dispenser, plate and cutlery storage, remote controlled Champagne drawer and even the G&T cupboard, cunningly disguised as a Jerry Can.
Every step was logged, checked and photographed. This was the process on which Kingsmen Editions was initially conceived – giving clients a shared experience with daily phone calls and updates. It’s all about the journey. Weeks into the build we began to speak not just about the project, but also family, hobbies and more. Jonathan, who is now in possession of his “Kingsmen Edition” Defender, is not just our client but a very good friend.