Land Rover is pleased to announce that it has come up with a special collector’s edition for its Defender pedal car concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Already in the final phases of production, the Defender is truly a fitting tribute to many of the iconic vehicles throughout its history.
Hand-built and produced in the UK, the Defender pedal car is styled to honor the legacy of the ‘Huey,’ the first-ever Land Rover that came with the original ‘HUE 166’ number plate. Lindsay Weaver says that the Defender pedal car is not just for collectors but is also a toy for children.
The Defender pedal car is a way to show that the company can produce world class quality goods with enough attention to detail to mimic the Land Rover and Jaguar cars, Weaver concludes. Weaver is the Director of Branded and Licensed Goods for the Jaguar Land Rover.
It is important to note that the Defender and the Series Land Rover have been produced since 1948 in Solihull, UK. This concept model was assembled through the use of an aluminium rolled-edge frame with its own individualized chassis number and even personalized number plate.
The model is hand finished with Loire Blue, the same one on the Defender’s full-scale color palette. Meticulously built by hand, this collector’s edition was made to scale precisely all of the unique characteristics of the Defender like cylindrical running bars and protective chequer plate.
Even the off-road tires have mudflaps in them. Furthermore, the drive assembly was made to allow young drivers to pedal the model forwards or backwards. The use of working brakes and spring suspension enables little ones to have their own big adventures.
It even comes with its own parking brake. What’s inside the model is no different. Drawing on their experience and passion for producing special commissions, engineers made sure that the dashboard was authentic.
There is also a rear stowage section with its own cover plus a working hooter. The seats are trimmed and finished in leather. Completing the design is of course the steering wheel.
The Defender pedal car concept is expected to go on sale in the Spring of 2016 with the final version likely to cost around £10,000.