The Land Rover Defender was last (officially) sold in the U.S. market in 1997, but it has remained a popular model in other parts of the world, and especially its home in Britain. In a special gala celebration commemorating 65 years of Land Rover, the company debuted the new Defender LXV, based on the short-wheelbase 90 2-door model. All Defender LXVs are equipped with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine producing 122 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

All models will be painted Santorini Black with Coris Grey roof, grille, fascia, and headlight surrounds. The interior gets full leather seats with embossed headrests and orange contrast stitching. Pricing on the LXV starts at the equivalent of $44,687.

In addition to the debut of the special-edition Defender, the occasion is also being marked with festivities at Packington Estate, near Land Rover's factory and proving grounds at Solihull, where the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models are made. A cake shaped like the original Land Rover nicknamed "HUE" will be flown in by the British Royal Navy "Black Cats" squad by helicopter, and more than 130 models from Land Rover's history will be on display, from the earliest post-war prototypes to today's Evoque, Range Rover and Sport models. A prototype electric Defender will also be on display.

Source: Land Rover