A unique opportunity to own one of the most rugged Overland vehicles ever built.
For sale: 1989 Land Rover 6X6 Defender ambulance produced by JRA Limited for the Australian Army, manufactured and assembled in Moorebank, New South Wales. 1 of only 92 ambulance variants built. Turbo Diesel 3.9L Isuzu engine. Entered service in May 1989. We purchased and exported the truck to the USA in June 2016. Legally imported and was originally titled in Nevada. We have since transferred the truck to a current South Dakota title and registration paid up until August 2020.
The rear module is built with a galvanized steel box frame and constructed of double walled fiberglass. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The rear compartment is equipped with its own air conditioning unit powered by a dedicated compressor. Heat is provided to the rear via a hot water radiator transferring engine heat.
Power is managed from the 28 volt generator in the engine compartment distributed through power control panel. 24 volt power in the rear compartment and 12 volt for the front cab.
We have used a number of configurations in the rear cabin over the years. A queen mattress fits neatly in the center. The current configuration utilizes 2 jacknife leather sofas from Thomas Payne equipped with flip down center armrests. This allows for 4 rear passengers to sit comfortably inward facing and the sofas can be collapsed to create a queen bed oriented sideways.
The truck has been fully upgraded to LED lighting; headlights ( Trucklite ), running and directional lights ( WiPac ), rear lights ( LED bulbs ), and cabin lights ( all new fixtures ). Additional USB and 12 volt chargers were added along with voltmeters and new control switches. The rear cabin utilizes 24 volt power from two new 12 volt batteries ( Costco ) mounted in an external tray on the passenger side. The system master control switch is located behind the front passenger seat. Additional power switches are on control panels fore and aft in the rear cabin.
Besides the changes mentioned to the rear compartment, we have made some other upgrades; new +2” Terrra Firma expedition shocks and springs up front with skeleton towers, heavy duty commercial/military grade Terra Firma rear shocks, new RTC Terra Firma steering damper, new custom exhaust with chromed smoke stack, reverse camera with full time video feed, new slotted disc brakes and pads, new wheel bearings and seals, new BF Goodrich K02 tires 235/85 R16 on Steel Wolf wheels all around with only about 1,000 miles on them. New spare tire is mounted under the rear compartment near the rear bumper. Just changed differential fluids, belts, filters. New 12 volt HD battery ( Costco ) up front. The large rear window was upgraded from Plexi to tinted auto glass with privacy curtain. Tinted side window with manual crank and screen was added to the rear compartment.
In the front compartment a folding console center jump seat was added along with a locking Tuffy security console. A New custom roof rack from Baja Racks is mounted above the front cab on Yakima round bars with 1A raingutter tall towers. Uniden Bearcraft Off Road CB with FireStick antenna.
The Perentie 6x6’s are 4” taller and 10” wider than a regular Defender 110. The cab has a much larger windshield with a better field of view and a higher ride position. We’ve owned a few regular Defender 110’s and the Perentie is by far the most comfortable. The front cab also has extra leg room and a large glove box. The front dash provides plenty of flat surfaces for installing additional hardware or electronics.
Two years ago we were fortunate to be selected as a featured truck for Overland West Expo in Flagstaff, AZ. We also had a chance to take a few laps on the Land Rover Challenge Course ( see photos ). In 6 wheel drive Low we easily crawled across all the obstacles. Three axles and a wide track made easy work of each challenge. The rear cantilever suspension makes for an incredibly smooth ride in the back. The truck was just voted Editor’s Choice at the Adventure Expo in Orange County.
Perentie Defender info:
The Perentie 4×4 and 6×6 are Australian-designed and built derivatives of the Land Rover 110. The 6×6 is designed to carry two tons or more across country and has its own unique chassis. Front suspension is by live axle and coil-springs. The rear bogie employs two leaf springs and a load-sharing rocker on each side. This rocker is cranked, and the leaf springs on each side overlap, so that the springs can be longer and the rear axles can be closer together.
Galvanized one-piece bulkhead
Galvanized cab/floor with exception of standard doors
Custom steel reinforced fiberglass rear module
Salisbury rear axles, re-enforced front axle
Disc brakes with dual master cylinder
Isuzu 4BD1 3.9L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine
4 speed LT95A gearbox
In current configuration, cruises 60mph on the highway with 2-finger steering. Top speed we have clocked was 67mph via GPS. No wobbles, shimmy, unsteadiness. 6 wheel disc brakes allow for short stopping distances. The turbo makes for easy navigation of congested roads with added acceleration. The 3.9 liter turbo diesel turns out about 23mpg on the freeway, about 18mpg in stop and go traffic. Dual 15 gallon tanks ( left and right side fillers ) are equipped with cockpit selector switch and have a low fuel dash indicator light. Additional external racks hold 2 jerry cans ( 5 gallon each ). Front mounted 10,000lbs PTO winch. Bonnet mounted farm implements ( shovel, axe, and pick ). Two additional external rear storage compartments.
The original build price for this Perentie 6X6 ambulance was over $275,000. Here’s your chance to own one of the most unique overland rigs ever built at a fraction of the cost.
Currently located in Oceanside, CA ( North San Diego County )
Price includes clear South Dakota title and registration.
Additional photos available if you would like additional angles or views. The truck really needs to been seen in person to appreciate all it has to offer.
Honestly, there’s just too much to list here. If you’ve read this far and have $68,000 you should come take a look.
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