Spied! New Land Rover Defender is ready to face down the apocalypse

The military-spec Land Rover 101 looks much different than this.

What the F is this, you ask? A Transformer? It looks a little like Bumblebee in an alternate, and possibly cooler, universe. It could also be a recycling truck circa 2100. But no, it’s a custom Land Rover 101 Forward Control from the 1995 classic “Judge Dredd.” And when I say classic, we’re talking 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.5 out of 10 on IMDB. (Ed note: Maybe they should have stuck with those Versace costume designs.)

Apparently, the best part of this movie was this Land Rover. Thirty-one were built for the movie, which took place in 2139, when Land Rover was supposedly the only car manufacturer left standing. They were known as City Cabs and several are still said to exist, like this one spotted by a Reddit user.

Unlike “Back to the Future II,” these Judge Dredd cars look like nothing we’ve ever seen. “Back to the Future II” featured cars from the 1980s, made to look like what people thought cars were going to look like. It did get the matte paint theme correct, at least.

Land Rover did actually make the 101 Forward Control for the British Army, but it was never sold to the public. It featured a 3.5-liter Rover V8 engine and began development in 1967. Production didn’t commence until 1972. It used huge (for the time) 16-inch-by-9-inch mud tires but had limited stability, especially up inclines.

To our surprise, you can buy one right now — the “Judge Dredd” one, not the military version — on eBay for 34,995 euros (about $40,000).

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