Amer­i­can Auto Parts

New Zealand Classic Car - - Advertising Feature -

388 Lin­coln Road, Christchurch amer­i­ca­nau­

With six stores through­out Auck­land and the Waikato re­gion, Cool­car Air-con­di­tion­ing is New Zealand’s pre­mium air con­di­tion­ing spe­cial­ist.

The Land Cruiser 70 Se­ries is a favourite here at the of­fice, and why not? Looks rem­i­nis­cent of the FJ55/45/60 Cruis­ers and proven tough­ness and re­li­a­bil­ity are hall­marks of the beast.

It should come as no sur­prise, then, that the US Gov­ern­ment has ap­par­ently green-lit an or­der for around 500 of the 70 Se­ries utes to be built and fit­ted out by de­fence con­trac­tor, Bat­telle, at a cost of US$170 mil­lion. The Hilux and Ford Ranger are ru­moured to be in the mix as well.

What’s sur­pris­ing is the fact that the US mil­i­tary hasn’t sided with a do­mes­tic man­u­fac­turer. Given the long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with GM and other wares avail­able from Ford (F150 war truck any­one?).

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