The British company is putting practically as much work into each of these pedal cars as into a real Defender. They are handmade in the UK and are sized to scale. The body is made from aluminum and even has protective panels on portions of the front fenders. In order to allow for pedaling on the estate's grounds, the tires are rubber with an off-road tread. Plus, the suspension and brakes are fully functional.
With so much work on the outside, the inside can't just have some vinyl and plastic. Leather is fitted over the seats and steering wheel. It's even used for the cover on the cargo bed in the back. To really show off to the other children at the playground, each one is stamped with an individual chassis number and comes with a personalized license plate.
Exclusive Defender pedal car concept set for public debut at Frankfurt
Pedal car hand built in the UK and previews production model, due to go on sale mid-2016
Creation of scale Defender collector's piece celebrates over 60 years of Defender production
Authentic interior details featuring leather finish with trimmed seats, steering wheel and rear stowage
Rugged aluminium body, protective door sill chequer plate, running bars and durable rubber tyres retain Defender's traditional design characteristics
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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