What's the story?
This once perfectly standard 2002 Defender 130 Td5 double-cab was converted by German firm Hartmann-Bergemeister, manufacturer of a wide range of recovery vehicles at its base in Lampertheim near Frankfurt.
The build, commissioned by Kartec Car Service, was based on County spec double cab, which can seat up to five. The clever design utilizes a hydraulically operated spec-lift that can attach itself to the front wheels of a disabled vehicle, before removing it as easily and as quickly as possible.
This Defender cost of £52,000 to build, and fills a gap in Kartec Car Service’s fleet for recovering vehicles in multi-storey car parks – hence the low, flat roof. However, as the Land Rover is compliant with London’s Low Emmission Zone regulations, it has now found a new niche and spends most of its life on road surfacing contracts around the capital’s streets, hauling away those vehicles whose owners have ignored the notices to keep the road clear.
Our favourite bit?
Kartec’s 130 has already run up more than 150,000 trouble-free miles so it looks like this great-looking and highly capable Land Rover will carry on being the scourge of thoughtlessly parked cars for a little while yet.
And the verdict from LRO writer Russ Brown?
‘It looks like it should be hanging-out at a hot-rod meet in Palm Beach or San José. My first impression is that is doesn’t look like a 130, its overall length is actually shorter than a 110’s because everything behind the cab has been removed to accommodate the spec-lift, and the chassis stops abruptly at the rear axle.’
Engine: 2498cc 5cyl Td5
Gearbox: R380 five-speed with LT230 two-speed transfer box
Batteries: Split-charge system to run hydraulic compressor
Spec lift: Hydraulic, 1080kg loading capacity