Ever wanted to build or restore your very own Land Rover? While some might say it's better to actually get a genuine shell / body, some don't have the means, the resources or the time to get one and have it repaired in working order. There's also the matter of rust which can easily halt a restoration job.
But what about getting an all-aluminim body instead that looks just like the real thing? Enter Aqualu Industries, or more specifically its subsidiary, Hard Body 4x4. The Canandian-based company has been in the business of fabricating aluminum bodies, and manufacturing replacement bodies and components for use in the off-road industry since 1989.
Some of their featured products include all-aluminum bodies of such vehicles like the Jeep CJ Series, Suzuki Samurai, Jeep JK 3-Door Cab, as well as the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ series. They even have rear boxes and other components available for some of the previously-mentioned 4x4s.
But what is perhaps their most ambitious fabrications yet is this: a Land Rover Defender 110. That's right, what you're seeing right now is an all-aluminum body of the revered 4x4. Despite being in its prototype stage, the custom fabrication looks just like the real Mccoy. From the fenders, to the rear bed, as well as the windshield frame itself, Hard Body 4x4 was able to meticulously recreate the body in lightweight aluminum.
Purists might say that it looks a little too clean or too modern. But if it means being able to actually restore or build a classic Land Rover, this might just be the next best thing. Does this mean that they will also be releasing a four-door body style of the Defender? That is actually part of Hard Body 4x4's to-do list. But we'll have to wait and see as they plan to fabricate another prototype in the near future.
Fingers crossed it will be as close to the real thing as the two-door they recently made.