The 2,000,000 landmark includes production of Series, Ninety/One Ten and Defender since the first Land Rover’s debut 67 year ago. To mark the occasion, the one-off ‘Defender 2,000,000’ has been given a few subtle design touches that include a map of Red Wharf Bay – where the design for the original Land Rover was first drawn in the sand – engraved into the aluminium wing and on the, and unique ‘no 2,000,000’ badges that hark back to the design found on Series Is.
The exterior is finished with Santorini Black wheels and wheel arches, roof, door hinges, grille and mirror caps. Inside, the leather seats also feature the ‘Red Wharf Bay’ graphic and ‘no 2,000,000’ logos. And the finishing touch, the registration number S90 HUE, gives a nod to the legendary HUE 166, the first ever pre-production Land Rover.
Thirty-three extra Defender fans took part in the build, including legends such as Roger Crathorne (‘Mr Land Rover’), Tim Slessor (author of the legendary overland book First Overland), Virginia McKenna, Will Travers, Theo Paphitis and Bear Grylls.
‘The Land Rover Defender has been there for me more times than I care to remember,’ said Grylls. ‘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. Known and respected by me and many other adventurers for their rugged reliability – it was an honour to be asked to take part in the build of this very special car.’
The vehicle will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25-28, and auctioned at Bonhams on December 16, in the same month that Defender production at Solihull will finally come to an end. All the money raised will be donated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Born Free Foundation.
As part of the auction, Bonhams will host a specially curated Series Land Rover and Defender exhibition to showcase the vehicle’s heritage.