Farewell to the Defender

KENTLEDGER Land Rover Defender Heritage

For over 68 years, Britain’s peaks, farmland and woodlands have been graced with the almighty presence of the Land Rover Defender, quite possibly one of the most iconic British vehicles ever produced. Sadly, after 68 years, production will cease this Winter, marking the end of an era for the go anywhere vehicle, originally designed by Maurice Wilks.

But, Land Rover aren’t just brushing the well known model under the carpet, instead they’ve produced 3 different limited edition final models, in true British style. They’ve produced a model for each type of Defender driver, including the Heritage, Autobiography and Adventure editions.

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If the classic Defender look suits you, then the Solihull based manufacturer has gone back to its roots and produced a stunning Heritage edition, dressed in an incredible hue of Grasmere Green, complementing the traditional steel wheels. To restore a classic Defender would inevitably be more rewarding and perhaps even more costly than this model, priced at £27,800. Only 400 models will be made.

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Or, if you’re more the off road at the weekend driver, grab the edition which made the Defender so famous in the first place – the Adventure edition. Over the years, there have been various adapted models of the Defender, including the G4 Challenge, military specification models and the UN’s version for frontline reporting. Featuring the garish orange paintwork and beefed up tyres, this certainly packs a punch and comes in at the middle of the range, priced at just shy of £44,000. If you want one, you’ll struggle as the last models have now fully sold out.

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If you’re more settled in Chelsea than the Chilterns, the next model is for you. For a few decades now, Land Rover has produced ‘Autobiography’ models – typically being the highest spec models with every bell and whistle you can think of. Well, now they’ve worked their magic on the final Defender, giving it a stunning two-tone design, alongside a full leather interior and increased power. But, it’s going to set you back nearly £65,000.

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Our favourite has to be the truly British heritage edition, shouting everything about the Defender that made it so iconic and great. It’s a true credit to Britain and has been used worldwide with 75% of Defenders ever made still on the road. So that’s it, the end of the Land Rover Defender – farewell old chap.

 

 

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