This is a dark week for global Land Rover aficionados as JLR bring more than 67 years of Series and Defender production at the West Midlands factory to a close.
Land Rover insiders are hopeful that at least one of each major body configuration will sail down the line on the final day - including a Pick Up, Hard Top, Double Cab, Station Wagon and Hi-Capacity Pick-Up, alongside the full range of wheelbases (90,110 and 130) as well as every standard body colour.
Although production for special editions - the Heritage, Autobiography and Adventure - officially ended in December, we are hopeful one of each will also make its way down the production line for the Defender celebration.
Quite what Land Rover have planned for the final Solihull Defender is under wraps, with JLR playing cards close to their chest. LRO expect that it will slide into JLR’s collection, for display at venues including the British Motor Museum at Gaydon.
While it’s debateable about where the final Defender will go, what can be agreed is that it will be an emotional day for all involved, and for all us Land Rover fans.
We have a sad week ahead of us. The king is dead. Long live the king.
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