At the end of January 2016, the last Defender rolled off the production line, but in May 2015, the two millionth Defender was made and sold at auction last December.
So how do you go about building an icon? We thought you might like to know a bit more about what went into creating the bespoke Defender 2,000,000.
To build the two millionth Series Land Rover, a team of Land Rover’s biggest fans was compiled at the brand’s Solihull plant, coming together to commemorate such a huge milestone for a true motoring legend.
Reaching this milestone just highlighted its popularity, status and integrated position in society. From farmers to the Queen, the Defender is driven by everyone, and is a case of bold engineering that started with Maurice Wilks, and has since won the hearts of many.
In almost 70 years of existence, the Defender has gained many fans, and some of those at the heart of the Land Rover story came together to help design the unique Defender 2,000,000, with Bear Grylls, Born Free’s Virginia McKenna OBE, First Overland expedition member Tim Slessor, marine biologist Monty Halls and ‘Mr Land Rover’, Roger Crathorne, joining the production team.
What they created was exceptional, with ‘2,000,000’ logos on the back and stitched into the headrests, an aluminium plaque signed by those who built the car, a S90 HUE number plate paying homage to the first pre-production Land Rover’s famous HUE 166 number plate, plus an engraved map of Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, where the design for the first Land Rover was drawn in the sand. Based on a top-spec Autobiography model, the Defender 2,000,000 features leather seats and interior trim.
The Defender 2,000,000 sold at renowned auction house, Bonhams, for £400,000, with proceeds going to Land Rover’s humanitarian partners: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); and the Born Free Foundation.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations boss, John Edwards, said: ‘Defender has a future and will live on in its own right. But the original Series Land Rovers and Defenders will also continue to thrive through our Jaguar Land Rover Heritage division.’