Special one-off Land Rover Defender, the two millionth to be made, will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The two millionth Land Rover Defender has been built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant, and will be sold at auction in December.

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.

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22 June 2015
Right. Well done Landy. Now - let's see the new one!

22 June 2015
This reminds me of bands like the Who and Rolling Stones who were once great but now just won't bugger off.....

22 June 2015
Well done Steve Cropley. Interestingly, Land Rover employed celebrities to build my friend's Discovery 2 - Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and David Blunkett.

22 June 2015
Still here after all the decades. I will always have a soft spot for the old Dinosaur (the Landy, not Cropley).

22 June 2015
to ensure it's fit for the modern world. They could then build them in small numbers along side the new model. Seems to work for Mercedes with their G-Wagen.

22 June 2015
to ensure it's fit for the modern world. They could then build them in small numbers along side the new model. Seems to work for Mercedes with their G-Wagen.

22 June 2015
This Land Rover sits right up with there with the best off-road vehicles. I've seen Defenders in places where cars have no business to go. How will they replace this rugged marvel while complying with all the mad-cap emissions regulations?

22 June 2015
"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."
If any car can pull this off, the Defeneder can.. but even so, this is quite self-congratulatory. All that additional marketing work to sell more 'premium-priced' final editions could have been used to modify the driving position so that someone over 5'3 can drive the bloody thing.

22 June 2015
Good point, they also could have modified it so people with right arms could drive them too.

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