The ‘Defender 2,000,000’ was assembled at Solihull with the help of 33 special guests including Virginia McKenna OBE, Tim Slessor, Monty Halls, CEO of JLR Dr Ralph Speth, and LRO’s very own Mike Goodbun.
It marks a unique milestone, being the 2,000,000th utility Land Rover (including Series, Forward Control and Defender) to roll off the Solihull production line since the first Series I in 1948.
Don’t miss Land Rover’s film, released last week in the build-up to the auction. Set in the capital, it’s a touching celebration of the Defender’s origins and its varied roles in countless British livelihoods.
For the full story about the vehicle’s design, build, and what makes it so special – together with some stunning images of the vehicle mid-build inside Solihull – make sure you download a back-issue of our August 2015 issue, or you can buy a hard copy by calling 01733 468582.
Proceeds from the Defender’s auction will go to two conservation charities whom Land Rover has supported for decades: the Born Free Foundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
So how much will it fetch?
We’re running an office sweepstake but your guess is as good as ours – place your bets below!
About £60,000 should be the minimum, considering the Limited Edition Autobiography (now sold out) had a price tag of £61,845. Most estimates reckon the 90 will fetch over £100,000.
But if the auction attracts a wealthy donor who’s as interested in making a big charitable donation as they are in acquiring the Defender, maybe the sky’s the limit…