That Time Land Rover Made A Futuristic Taxi For Hollywood

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Before Land Rover was using cameras to turn their trucks transparent, they were making battle-ready taxis to carry people around the post-apocalyptic hellscape that would be the year 2139.

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This was far and away my favorite futuristic movie machine from our Answer Of The Day, and warrants revisiting if you didn't catch the video this morning. It's hard to imagine it coming out any more ridiculous. That face, the door, the wheels!

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Philipp Bashall of the Land Rover Club seems to know more about these things than anyone, here's what he had to say:

In the year 2139 few vehicles are left on earth, one of them driven by Judge Dredd, a cartoon caracter from the 2000AD Comic. The only safe way to travel in that violent world is in armored taxis- built by Landrover.

So for the Hollywood movie "Judge Dredd", starring Sylvester Stallone, several 101's were equipped with a futuristic fiberglass body. Design work was done by Gordon Sked and David Woodhouse, the vehicles were built by Land Rover. After the movie was finished almost all vehicles were bought by Philipp Bashall and are for sale. The vehicles are not road legal as they are but can be easily made to. All the 101's mechanical parts are retained. This is a hot, noisy vehicle- but what a headturner!

The interior isn't changed except for the one prototype used for interior shooting. Access is quite difficult and there are some other shortcomings like noise, heat and no ventilation. And no reclining seats- so forget about driving to a Disco

I guess the main takeaway there is that the temperature and sound level inside the vehicle makes for an all-around less-than-luxurious experience. Sounds like fun!

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matthewkeith
Land-Rover Matt

Ah the 101", is there a more unstyled vehicle in the history of motoring?

As a big Dredd fan when I was a kid and a semi L-R fan now I should like this a lot. in fact I've seen them a few times at L-R shows and I must admit they were the best thing about the film, (Stallone's involvement turned it into a typical shite Hollywood star vehicle, go see the new Dredd film with Karl Urban for a grittier take).

Well done Land-Rover for coming up with a good looking design but shame it reduced the numbers of 101's in the world. Although it was hardly a luxurious experience to begin with as, despite sharing powertrain with the Range-Rover, it was a military only design meant for brawny paratroopers to push out the back of a C130. Basically it was a matt green V8 powered shoebox with big wheels.

If I remember correctly the 101" was designed as an air droppable artillery tractor for the 105mm cannon of the Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery which as one military author observed "brings to mind a truly extraordinary mental image".