Aussie car fanatic turns humble Holden Barina into a ‘LandCruiser’

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Aussie car buff turns a humble Holden Barina into a ‘LandCruiser touring weapon’ complete with 4WD, a snorkel and four truck tires – selling the device for just $900

  • Andre Hawily, from Perth, created the bizarre vehicle and sold it on Facebook
  • Sprouted it as the ‘touring weapon of your dreams’ – a LandCruiser at no cost
  • He found a buyer within days who was overjoyed with his strange new car

A creative car enthusiast has turned a Holden Barina into a bizarre thing that he claims drives like a LandCruiser – with all the 4WD toys.

Andre Hawily, from Perth, posted his creation on Facebook marketplace with a retail price of $900 – and quickly found a buyer.

Its “touring weapon” came equipped with a ton of impressive gear—for a hatchback—that wouldn’t look out of place in a Mad Max movie.

The 1993 Barina included a 7-inch touchscreen, snorkel, roof racks, awning, light bar, “AC in need of service” and all-important cup holders.

A creative car enthusiast has turned a Holden Barina into a bizarre thing that he claims drives like a LandCruiser – with all the 4WD toys

‘Want to own a LandCruiser, but don’t want to pay the price and want more luxury? Well, this is the car for you,” the ad began.

Mr Hawily assured potential buyers that the unit was actually a very capable 4WD and even has four new light truck tires for some extra ground clearance.

Even more surprising, the seller said the car was regularly serviced with full service records.

“Yeah, it has some battle scars on the bumpers, but it looks like this with racing stripes down the sides,” he continued.

“It has a straight tailpipe and is quite noisy. Snorkel made of fuel hose and a container to protect the engine. Runs fine and drives well.

“Make me an offer and have the travel weapon of your dreams.”

New owner Alexander Krygsveld seemed quite happy with his new purchase and posted a picture of himself with the car

New owner Alexander Krygsveld seemed quite happy with his new purchase and posted a picture of himself with the car

The 'touring weapon' came equipped with a ton of impressive gear - for a hatchback - that wouldn't look out of place in a Mad Max movie

The ‘touring weapon’ came equipped with a ton of impressive gear – for a hatchback – that wouldn’t look out of place in a Mad Max movie

Comments on the ad were impressed by the sales pitch.

“That man is a marketing genius,” one wrote.

“I wouldn’t worry too much about the air conditioning. Land cruisers also always need air conditioning maintenance,” added another.

New owner Alexander Krygsveld seemed very happy with his new purchase and posted a photo of himself with the car on Thursday afternoon.

“Just bought this legendary work,” he wrote, followed by some laughing emojis.

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