You Can Buy the 2,000,000th Land Rover Ever Built
Land Rover has been stamping out rugged, utilitarian 4x4s for a long time now. How long? Believe it or not, the first design was sketched on an English beach in 1947. Production followed in 1948, and across multiple series…it hasn’t stopped since. However, today’s Land Rover Defender is not long of this earth. The marque is set to modernize its rugged off-roader, and the current ute will be axed in the coming months, which makes this special Defender all the more of a milestone. This is the two-millionth Land Rover Defender/Series vehicle ever built. It rolled off the company’s Solihull production line in May 2015 and marks a fitting end to 67 years of production. It’s also up for sale. Bonhams will auction off “Defender 2,000,000” at no reserve on December 16th. Interested? Best expect some heavy bidding. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at Land Rover's 2,000,000th Defender
The two-millionth Defender was built in much the same way any old Defender is…but it had a little extra help. Land Rover recruited 33 celebrities and VIPs to come down to the factory and hand-build the 4x4. Bear Grylls fitted the wheels, Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth applied the VIN plate, and British Red Cross chief Mike Adamson attached the headlamps, among others.
The design work on the truck was handled by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team, which engraved a map of the UK’s Red Wharf Bay (the original concept’s birthplace) into the aluminum body. Bespoke “2,000,000” badges differentiate this Rover from the rest, inside and out, and the beach motif finds itself worked into the 4x4’s seats as well. It doesn’t really get more one-of-one than this.
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While some may peruse Jeeps or Toyota Land Cruisers, none can deny the venerable Land Rover of its iconic status. These tough utes have become a lifestyle, and have long been a workhorse of British agriculture, a soldier's best friend, and a go-to for off-road adventurers. They’re truly the last of their rugged breed.
The gavel drops on this legendary Landie at Bonhams’ December London sale, and all proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies, and the Born Free Foundation.
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