After 67 years of Land Rover production, the 2,000,000th Defender has rolled of the production line. The Land Rover Defender is an automotive icon and this milestone production model has a bespoke design and a range of special guests have been assembled to put together this special edition, including adventurer and Land Rover Ambassador, Bear Grylls.
Land Rover fanatics and collectors alike will be given the opportunity to own this unique piece when it is put up for auction on the 16 December 2015 at Bonhams, where the proceeds will go towards Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners. In May 2015, Defender fans were invited to help with production in Solihull to build this historic car.
The Chief Executive of Jaguar Land Rover, Dr Ralf Speth said, “Over 67 years, the Series Land Rover and in turn Defender has been the transport of choice for explorers, charity organisations, farmers and even royalty. Throughout history it has helped pioneers to reach the unreachable. What started life as an agricultural workhorse has transcended the automotive world to become a worldwide design icon. I was honoured to join the production line team in Solihull to help build this unique vehicle. It was a special experience which will no doubt become a fond memory.”
The unveiling of the vehicle will take place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by Bonhams from the 25-28 June. The ‘Defender 2,000,000’ also comes with a range of unique finishing touches. A ‘no. 2,000,000’ badge will be found at the rear of the vehicle as well as the interior console. There is also a map of Red Wharf Bay – where the historic moment took place when the original design was drawn into the sand – which is engraved into the aluminium fender. The design is then finished off with Santorini Black roof, wheels and wheel arches, grille, door hinges and mirror caps.
The leather seats also have ‘no. 2,000,000’ and the Red Wharf Bay map stitched into the headrests. There is an aluminium plaque with the signature of everyone who helped assemble the vehicle which is found on the driver’s seat plinth. It will also carry the S90 HUE registration, referring to the first ever pre-production Land Rover which was registered ‘HUE 166’ and dubbed ‘Huey’.
The production of the first Defender was in 1947 at the infamous Lode Lane facility and was then shown to the world at the Amsterdam Motor Show in April 1948, unaware what an prestigious piece of engineering it would become. Almost 70 years later and Land Rover has finally hit the 2,000,000 mark, all of which have been produced at Solihull. A huge milestone being celebrated with this special edition, so don’t expect it to go cheap at the end of the year.