“If it isn’t broken don’t fix it.” You will likely of heard that pearl of wisdom many times in your life, but how often do we really put it into practice? A new phone comes out but you buy it despite your current phone being more than adequate. Ladies often feel the sudden impulse to replace perfectly good shoes. Land Rover doesn’t have that attitude and certainly not towards its Defender. The ultimate in utilitarian mud-plugging has remained unchanged, more or less, for 65 years. Land Rover don’t really do Birthday cakes and so a new variation of the 4X4 has been rolled out to mark the occasion.
Named the Defender LXV, 65 in Roman numerals, the car is built upon the popular Defender 90. Powered by a 2.2 litre diesel engine and equipped with all of its usual off-roading credentials, the LXV makes for a compelling purchase. Its £28,765 price tag also gets you contrasting stitching on your seats, new grills and altered headlights, a smattering of stickers and the opportunity to join an exclusive club of just 65.