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Driving sweet dreams in Land Rover bed

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George, Western Cape – Some dedicated Land Rover fans would sleep in their Defenders if they could, and now this one can.

Terry Ryan of Artisan Joinery in George was asked by a Land Rover enthusiast to build a Defender bed for his young son’s car-themed bedroom, and the one he chose to replicate was the customised Defender 90 that starred in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.

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It’s made out of 16mm medium density fibreboard; Ryan had to invent a new process to form the complicated curves of the bonnet, which carries genuine Defender badging.

It has an extra-length, queen-size mattress for class-leading legroom, and the roof-rack can also be converted into a three-quarter size bed for sleepovers or bedroom camping, thanks to side-mounted steel ladders.

It has genuine (working) Defender headlights, indicators and roof rack-mounted LED spots, and weighs about 600kg, complete with mud-terrain tyres.

The bed took about six weeks to make; Ryan says he’s happy to make more like it – he’s already had inquiries from as far afield as the UK and Dubai. Ask him about the price.

IOL Motoring

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