The two-day exhibition will commemorate 67 years of production at the Solihull manufacturing facility and the journey of the iconic Defender, in the run up to the auction of the 2,000,000th Defender on the 16 December.
A ‘Hall of Fame’ display will feature moments in time when the humble icon has played a key role in helping countless people in times of struggle, and instants that have made an impact on many lives.
We’ve known that Land Rover has something up its sleeve, but exactly what role will be played by the Defender ‘Taxi’ – and the range of other intriguing Land Rovers spotted around the capital recently – is yet to be revealed.
Mr Land Rover himself, Roger Crathorne, will also be there in person talking to visitors during the exhibition where they will be able to recount their own Defender stories and memories on a specially dedicated wall.
He said: ‘The Series Land Rover and Defender have played a huge role in the lives of people all over the world for almost 70 years and to be able to offer it a fitting send off as it nears the end of production is an honour for me.
‘Through the creation of the exhibition we have really got under the skin of just what has made Defender such a loved vehicle. We hope that the exhibition really brings to life the richness of the vehicle's heritage and why it has had such longevity.
The unique Defender 90 Station Wagon was put together over ten days by celebrities and enthusiasts – including LRO’s Editor Mike Goodbun – to create a one of a kind vehicle. Proceeds from the sale will be given to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners; the Red Cross and the Born Free Foundation.
The event will be held at Bonhams’ New Bond Street HQ and will be free to the public between 9am-5pm on Tuesday 15 December and from 9am on Wednesday 16 December with the auction commencing at 6pm.
If you’re out and about in London over these dates don’t miss your chance to see a truly special Land Rover Defender.
Visit Bonhams’s website for more information.