Two-millionth Land Rover Defender celebrated with special edition

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Land Rover Defender

The iconic Land Rover Defender has hit an impressive production milestone, with the two-millionth model rolling off the line at the company's Solihull production facility.

Destined to be sold at a charity auction in December, the silver-coloured Defender features special details inside and out. Embossed into the seats and engraved into the front wing is a map of Anglesey's Red Wharf Bay, where the original Land Rover was sketched out in the sand.

Further embellishments include 'no. 2,000,000' badges and an aluminium plaque signed by those who helped build the vehicle.

The two-millionth model is the latest in a series of special edition Defenders announced this year by Land Rover, as the venerable off-roader enters its final year in production. Its all-new replacement is due to be unveiled in 2018.

Two millionth Land Rover Defender

Two millionth Land Rover Defender


Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, 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."

To mark the birth of this special model, Land Rover drafted in 33 of its brand ambassadors, including adventurer Bear Grylls and the sons of Land Rover founders Maurice and Spencer Wilks, to lend a hand in its construction.

Grylls commented: "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 was an honour to be asked to take part in the build of this very special car."

The two-millionth Land Rover Defender will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.