Classic Toyota Land Cruisers and Ford Broncos may be more well-known, but real off-road aficionados know they’re just the tip of a huge iceberg of vintage, go-anywhere iron. An iceberg made of Dodge Power Wagons, Willys Jeeps, Land Rover Defenders, International Scouts, and- of course- the fully restored and upgraded Nissan Patrol you see, above.
Built by a company in Colombia that finds structurally sound examples of Nissan Patrols (and Toyota Land Cruisers, actually) and turns them into “Volcan 4×4” restomods that get shipped off to Tampa, Florida and sold to wealthy preppers and off-road enthusiasts.
The makers of the Volcan 4×4 are calling its vehicles “investment grade fun” on their site. That seems like a bit of a stretch, but the fact remains that these vehicles have a huge, growing cult following in the US- so, maybe?
At any rate, stuffing a desirable, classic car with a cleaner-running, updated engine, reupholstered interior, and all the latest go-anywhere goodies seems like a solid way to keep these old warriors on- and off!- the road for a few more decades. That’s called “conservation”, and we freakin’ love that kind of thing here at Gas 2.
What do you guys think? Are restomods like this Nissan Patrol from companies like Icon and Volcan a good way to drive a like-new vehicle without the massive carbon footprint of new vehicle production, or are these rolling anachronisms too anachronistic to make it in the 21st century? Let us know what you think, in the comments!
Nissan Patrol Volcan 4×4 Interior
Source | Images: Volcan, via Uncrate.