What a better way to celebrate the end of an era than by seeing Defenders of every shape, size and spec do work and get dirty? Land Rover rolled the very last Defender off production lines on Friday putting an end to 68 years of Defender production.
However it’s not all bad news for Defender lovers, Land Rover’s celebration of the end of the famous Defender included a new Defender Heritage program and a very thorough tour of great Defenders of the past. Plus, a Defender replacement is in the works.
Celebrating the end of production with a release of three special editions; the Heritage, Autobiography and Adventure all built in limited numbers was a genius way for Land Rover to end the Defender rule. The Heritage is colored and trimmed to reference the very first Defender, known affectionately as Huey, the Autobiography is the most luxurious Defender ever made and the Adventure is fitted with endless off-road options to make it rugged on the outside, but plush on the inside.
The Defender has been a legend, It took more than 40 years for the original Land Rover to get a suitable model name and finally settled ‘Defender’ which emerged in 1990 to add a bit more identity to the series. The Defender was tasked with carrying the rugged DNA of the Series I, II and III forward into the future.
Regardless of the fact that the world has changed dramatically in the last 68 years, this vehicle has remained a constant ,something no other vehicle can claim. The last of the current Defender models embraces the vehicle’s simplicity, honesty and charm. Only the original MINI can really challenge the Defender’s place in the hearts of the British population, but it’s fair to say that the MINI could never compete with the Defender’s versatility, off-road ability, and rugged determination.