De­fend­ers of the realm

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To its le­gion of fans, which in­cludes The Queen (above) and Sir ran­ulph fi­ennes, the Land rover de­fender has al­ways been in­valu­able. now, their views are vin­di­cated by hard in­vest­ment fig­ures, as ac­cord­ing to au­to­mo­tive data spe­cial­ist cap hpi, the value of both de­fend­ers and the older Series Land rovers has in­creased since pro­duc­tion of the de­fender ceased in Jan­uary 2016.

There has been a ‘surge in de­mand for used de­fend­ers,’ says Ken Brown of cap hpi, with ‘even bat­tle-scarred for­mer util­ity ve­hi­cles’ fetch­ing high prices. in de­cem­ber 2015, a 2013/62 plate de­fender 90 with 30,000 miles on the clock had a £14,995 recommended re­tail price in the cap red Book, which tracks the value of used ve­hi­cles. Eigh­teen months later, it has gone up to £18,025—an in­crease of 20%, which gets ‘closer to 30%–33%’ once age de­pre­ci­a­tion is taken into ac­count, ac­cord­ing to mr Brown. ‘The de­fender’s rep­u­ta­tion as a tough, re­li­able work­horse is sec­ond to none and it’s in­stantly recog­nis­able all over the world.’

mark grif­fiths of the Land rover cen­tre in west York­shire says the trend for de­fend­ers re­flects the mar­ket for the old Series mod­els, which have been go­ing up in value for the past 10 years. ‘They have come into the clas­sic car mar­ket,’ he con­tin­ues. ‘our clients are buy­ing them as a sec­ond or third car; some­thing to take the dogs out in or for hav­ing fun.’

Land rover is plan­ning a new ver­sion of the de­fender, but hasn’t yet an­nounced when it will come to the mar­ket. Carla Passino

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