As we know, the 2,000,000th Defender (which was assembled by 33 celebrities and Land Rover brand ambassadors and such as Bear Grylls) will be sold at auction this Wednesday.
What would be sad for Land Rover lovers everywhere is an well-heeled private collector being the highest bidder and taking the Defender to a shiny garage overseas to keep it there, away from greenlanes, never to be seen again.
Step forward Brian Reynolds!
The Derbyshire-based engineer hopes to raise £100k through a crowd funding campaign with the hope of winning the historic Defender at the forthcoming auction. If successful, he plans to gift the Land Rover to a British museum, for the public to enjoy.
Reynolds has a long held affection for Land Rovers. He competed in the G4 Challenge in 2006 and has contributed to LRO at various times over the years.
He told Driving.co.uk: ‘I want to see this special vehicle be saved for the nation, as an iconic piece of our design and engineering heritage. I’ve owned and driven Land Rovers for all my adult life. As an enthusiast I feel that this vehicle should stay in this country and be available for current and future generations to experience.’
A nice idea and an admirable gesture, but alas, one that will need much more support if it’s to come to fruition, with the auction fast approaching and the funding currently standing at £320.
Unless a mystery boost of £99,680 comes in the next few days, which you can do here , we shall hold our breath and see where the Defender ends up this coming Wednesday.