Bored? How about taking a Series II Land Rover Defender, removing the roof, windscreen, climate control and any safety equipment, replacing them with a 27 litre, 1500hp, V12 Rolls Royce Merlin engine (as used in the Spitfire fighter plane), adjusting the length of the bonnet to cope and sloping the hind quarters of the car forward to create a ‘boat-tail’ style rear?
This, more or less, is what designer Thomas Bell and his partner, marketing consultant Holger Kalvelage, decided to do when they created the striking Bell Aurens Longnose. Equal parts Land Rover, land yacht and fighter plane, with just a dash of Laurence of Arabia thrown in, the Longnose will be made by specialist coachbuilders Lorenz & Partners near Nuremberg in Germany. Stylish (and slightly eccentric, it has to be said) details that caught our eye included the non-metallic desert sand paint job, leather bonnet straps and red leather cricket ball used as a gear knob – something that found much favour with the British contingent here at Swipelife!
With a price tag of €125,000 and production likely to be limited to double digits the Longonose will remain for most of us sadly, just a desert mirage.
View images and videos of the Bell Aurens Longnose after the jump.