It’s the end of an era. But the show must go on.
Inside the March edition of 4X4 Australia we look at 67 years of Defender production and get our mitts on some shiny limited edition models (under strict instructions not to scratch them).
THE MARCH EDITION COMES WITH A FREE LOWRANGE DVD, 'FIRST TIME THROUGH FINK' - ON YA ROOTHY!
Also, we burn the midnight oil to find out what the best-selling 4x4 of 2015 was, and look at a half-million-dollar Land Cruiser – which somehow ends up on its side.
In the meantime, here’s more of what’s inside:
THE TOP 10
In Australia’s buoyant 4x4 market, utes continue to outdo wagons in popularity. Here’s the low-down on Australia’s best-selling 4x4s of 2015.
HOT ROD CRUISER
The supercharged ‘Petersen Special’ FJ44 Land Cruiser is ICON 4x4’s off-road tribute to one of hot rodding’s founding fathers. Oh, and it’s a 6.2-litre, Chevy Gen IV V8 worth a mint.
LITTLE MATE, HILUX
The Hilux 4x4 Workmate comes with a 2.4-litre diesel and not the 2.8-litre of the up-spec models. But is it up to hard yakka?
MYRTLE THE TURTLE
Slow and steady wins the race. A lot of planning went into the resurrection of this old Land Cruiser, resulting in a home on wheels perfect for its owner.
LAND AND SEA
Midway between Sydney and Brisbane, Coffs Harbour Coast is an easy day’s drive from either city. Pack your 4x4 and prepare to tackle some tough mountain drives close to the sea.
Is the Iveco Daily the ultimate touring rig? Mark Allen hitches a ride with EVA to find out.
For those who want a taste of life in the outback, Eldee Station offers a genuine experience as well as more than 100km of off-road tracks to explore.
THE SOLE OF YORKE
Yorke Peninsula in South Australia may be mainly rolling farmland, but the coast has much to offer the four-wheel driver, camper, fisherman and diver.
HIT CLOSE TO HOME
Kinchega National Park has history, culture, great driving and fantastic camping on the banks of the Darling River. Plus, it’s close to Sydney and Melbourne.
Dual batteries explained: A dual battery system is essential for anyone who wants to power their gear – without the risk of running a battery flat – while out in the scrub.
LOADED ’LUX GIVEAWAY
New suspension and bigger rolling stock get out Hilux giveaway car looking good and riding high.
As always, the mag also has the latest news and events, gear reviews, stats and figures as well as columns by the industry’s most respected names, such as John ‘Roothy’ Rooth, Ron Moon and Fraser Stronach.