Land Rover Defender is one of the most recognisable and iconic SUVs currently in production, along with the likes of Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes G-Class. Times change and the design that was sketched 68 years ago is soon coming to an end.
To retire the iconic model, Land Rover has unveiled three final special editions with production scheduled to come to an end in December. The successor is expected to debut in concept form sometimes this year.
The first is the Defender Heritage Edition drawing inspiration from early Land Rover models finished in Grasmere Green paintjob contrasted by a white roof. A heritage grille and HUE 166 graphics are a reminder of the first pre-production Land Rover known as “Huey”. 400 units will be built at a starting price of £27,800, available from August in three body styles: 90 Hard Top, 90 Station Wagon and 110 Station Wagon.
The second special edition is called Defender Adventure Edition with “go anywhere, do anything” attitude, featuring extra underbody protection, Goodyear MT/R tyres, bespoke decals and leather trimmed interior. 600 units will be built at a starting price of £43,496 with availability from August in 90 Station Wagon and 110 Station Wagon body styles.
The last of the three is the Defender Autobiography Edition with main attention on more luxury, featuring a two-tone paint and a full windsor leather upholstery. Available from April, the special edition is priced from £61,845 and limited to just 80 units.
As part of the celebration, Land Rover has created the largest sand drawing ever produced in the UK. A huge Defender outline measures a staggering 1km across on the beach at Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey. The drawing was done using a fleet of six Land Rovers, paying tribute to the moment in 1947 when the engineering director of Rover, Maurice Wilks, first sketched the shape for the original Land Rover in the sand of Red Wharf Bay and proposed the idea to his brother Spencer, Rover’s managing director.