The bespoke Defender celebrates 67 years of Land Rover production, and features special elements including a map of Red Wharf Bay - where the design for the first Land Rover was drawn in the sand - engraved into its front fender, a ‘no. 2,000,000’ badge at the rear and inside, leather seats with special graphics and badging, and an aluminium plaque signed by everyone who helped to build the car.
At the rear, the car’s number plate - S90 HUE - is a homage to the first pre-production Land Rover’s HUE 166 designation.
Celebrating the car’s build, Land Rover invited guests and celebrities to help put the Defender together at its Solihull plant. Those who helped to build the car include adventurer Bear Grylls, JLR boss Dr Ralf Speth, the sons of Land Rover founders Maurice and Spencer Wilks, and Autocar’s editor-in-chief Steve Cropley.
The unique Defender will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week, and will be auctioned at the end of the year by Bonhams. All proceeds from the sale will go to charity.
The creation of the special Defender comes months after Land Rover announced a series of special editions, designed to celebrate the car’s final year in production.
A replacement for the current Defender is scheduled to come to market in 2018, and is expected to be preceded by a concept car next year.