This is the last Land Rover Defender

This is the last Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender has emerged from the company’s Solihull factory for 68 years, which means that in car years, it roughly predates the invention of the wheel. But like the wheel, the Defender has aged remarkably well (better than, say, singer Steven Tyler, also born in 1948). The proto-Landie has aged so well, in fact, that many people with passionate opinions on the subject and a willingness to share those opinions in public (car writers, that is) have wondered aloud, and often, why the Defender couldn’t slog on for another 68 years in its present form — maybe with a better radio. Well, it couldn’t, for a variety of legitimate reasons — safety standards, emissions standards, the usual. That’s the bad news. The good news (we hope) is that Land Rover has promised to deliver a new, kinder, gentler Defender. With a better radio. Eventually.

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The final Defender, 29 January 2016

For now, however, let’s bask in the minty glory of the Defender number 2,016,933 — a 90 Heritage Soft Top — surrounded by some 700 current and former Solihull employees, proud parents all. To the certain dismay of a legion of well-heeled Continue reading “This is the last Land Rover Defender”