67 years after the first, the two-millionth Land Rover Defender has rolled off the Solihull production line.
The Defender name has only been in use since 1989, but the current car is still related to the original ‘Series’ Land Rovers so production numbers have been lumped together.
To celebrate the milestone, Land Rover made Defender #2,000,000 a one-off, called, appropriately, Defender 2,000,000. It’s covered in unique details, multitudinous ‘no. 2,000,000’ logos dotted around the exterior and interior; a map of Red Wharf Bay – where the original design was sketched out in the sand – is engraved into the front wing; and the car is finished off in satin silver with black detailing.
The finishing touch is the registration, S90 HUE, and nod to the very first production Land Rover, which carried the tag HUE 166.
Defender 2,000,000 will be sold at auction by Bonhams in December, with all proceeds going to charity – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cresent Societies and the Born Free Foundation.
Born Free founder Virginia McKenna was among the special guests who helped build the landmark Land Rover. Adventurer Bear Grylls was another, commenting: “The Land Rover Defender has been there for me more times than I care to remember.
“They are so often the unsung heroes of our TV shows, working hard in the toughest conditions to get crew in and out of exceptionally challenging terrains.”
It’s both fitting and a bit sad that the Defender has reached the 2 million mark so close to the end of its life. It will be discontinued later this year, a victim of safety and emissions legislation. As such, Defender 2,000,000 will probably be the last brand-new Defender to be sold.
A new Defender is expected to be launched sometime in 2016, filling the same role but completely unrelated to the current version.
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By Only Motors