Paul Smith creates one-off Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender
Jaguar Land Rover

Land Rover has launched a one-off special edition of its venerable Defender off-roader, in collaboration with celebrated British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith.

This latest model is part of a series of special Defender models, which have been launched to mark the end of its 32-year production run. However, this unique vehicle is unlikely to ever be offered for sale.

The Defender's numerous exterior panels have been painted in no less than 27 different colours, with each chosen for specific reasons. The designer drew inspiration from everything from the British countryside to the Armed Forces – perhaps the biggest fans of this timeless off-roader. "I wanted deep rich colours, but at the same time, I wanted them to work together yet be surprising," said Smith.

The vehicle itself was constructed by Jaguar Land Rover's new Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department, which is tasked with everything from creating individualised models for exacting customers, through to armoured cars and one-off models such as this.

Paul Smith Land Rover Defender

Paul Smith Land Rover Defender

Sir Paul, who is a long-time fan of the Defender, added: "The Defender is a British icon, which is something I'm exceptionally proud of. I keep a Defender at my home in Italy which is in the middle of the countryside, so it's the perfect vehicle to cope with the rugged terrain."

The Defender's famously utilitarian interior has also been given a high-fashion makeover, with soft black leather - complete with contrasting blue stitching – slathered across the dashboard and seats, while the door mirrors, handles and wheels have a soft satin finish.

Further bespoke design touches include a Paul Smith designed clock fascia and a hand-painted bee on the roof – a playful nod to the car's heritage, according to the 68-year-old fashion guru.

Gerry McGovern, design director and chief creative officer of Land Rover, said: "I felt it would be a fitting tribute to the iconic Defender, that one of Britain's most distinguished designers worked with the Land Rover team to recognise his creative vision."