Land Rover Creates Special Defender to Celebrate Two Millionth SUV
LR Series and Defender Averaged Nearly 30,000 Sales per Year
To commemorate the production of its two-millionth hardcore offroader, Land Rover created a one-off custom Defender. “Defender 2,000,000” was built in the company’s legendary Solihull, England, plant as a tribute to the Land Rover Series and Defender, with production of the vehicles spanning 67 years. The commemorative vehicle will be auctioned in December, with proceeds going to the Born Free Foundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Special touches that set Defender 2,000,000 apart include special satin Indus Silver metallic paint contrasted with the Santorini Black wheels, wheel arches, roof panels, hinges, mirror caps, and radiator grille. “No. 2,000,000” badges on the rear and in the center console commemorate the truck further, as does an aluminum plaque on the interior signed by everyone who participated in the build.
The Defender pays homage with its S90 HUE U.K. registration, hearkening back to the original Land Rover (nicknamed Huey), whose reg plates read HUE 166. The final in-vehicle history lesson is a map of Red Wharf Bay engraved into the aluminum fender and embossed on the seats. Devout fans will recognize the locale as the place where Land Rover was first conceived as a drawing in the sand done by Maurice Wilks. It’s also the spot where the company kicked off its “Year of Defender” celebration in January.
Last month, a team of Defender fans was invited to Solihull to help Land Rover design and build Defender 2,000,000. Among those fans was Man Vs. Wild star and outdoor adventurer Bear Grylls, who is intimately aware of the Defender’s usefulness as a backcountry vehicle. “The Land Rover Defender has been there for me more times than I care to remember,” Grylls said. “They are so often the unsung heroes of our TV shows, working hard in the toughest conditions to get crew in and out of exceptionally challenging terrains…It was an honor to be asked to take part in the build of this very special car.”
The original Land Rover Series I went into production in 1947 before it was commercially launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. Since then, 2 million (and counting) Series I, II, III, and Defender SUVs have been produced in Solihull.
Source: Land Rover