Land Rover Defender pedal car concept debuts at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 17, 2015

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.

Press Release

LAND ROVER PREVIEWS BESPOKE DEFENDER PEDAL CAR CONCEPT AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

Land Rover has created a special collector’s Defender pedal car concept, previewing a full production pedal car model that will go on sale in Spring 2016.

With production of current Defender now in its final phase, the unique pedal car concept represents a fitting tribute to the one of the world’s most iconic vehicles; the Series Land Rover and Defender has been produced in Solihull, UK, since 1948.

The exclusive Defender pedal car is hand built in the UK and styled to commemorate the legacy of the first-ever pre-production Land Rover affectionately know as ‘Huey’ given its original numberplate of ‘HUE 166’.

The concept model is constructed using a rolled–edge aluminium frame complete with individual chassis number and personalised numberplate. It is hand finished in the same Loire Blue found on the full-scale Defender colour palette.

The show car is meticulously hand built in the UK and this exclusive version is constructed precisely to scale to incorporate all of the Defender’s distinctive characteristics such as protective chequer plate, cylindrical running bars and rugged off-road tyres complete with mudflaps.

The drive assembly is constructed to enable the young driver to pedal both forwards and backwards while a spring suspension and working brakes – complete with parking brake – will allow the little one to go on many big adventures.

It’s no different inside, where engineers have drawn on their passion and experience for creating special commissions by constructing an authentically styled dashboard, working hooter and rear stowage section with cover. A leather finish and trimmed seats and steering wheel complete the overall design of the Defender pedal car.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Branded and Licensed Goods Lindsay Weaver said: “This is both a wonderful collector’s piece and children’s toy. It demonstrates our ability to produce goods with world class quality and attention to detail that can emulate our world class Jaguar and Land Rover cars.”

The final production version of the Land Rover pedal car concept is expected to cost around £10,000.

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