Land Rover Monthly - - Upfront -

A VERY spe­cial ve­hi­cle has been built to com­mem­o­rate the UK pro­duc­tion of the two-mil­lionth Se­ries Land Rover and De­fender.

With a be­spoke de­sign and an al­ls­tar cast of spe­cial guests help­ing to com­plete the mo­men­tous build, ‘De­fender 2,000,000’ cel­e­brates al­most seven decades of util­ity Land Rover pro­duc­tion.

Now Land Rover fans with deep pock­ets will get the chance to bid for this his­toric ve­hi­cle when it is auc­tioned off in De­cem­ber, as De­fender pro­duc­tion in the UK winds down.

Dur­ing May this year, a team of life-long De­fender fans were in­vited to join the Soli­hull pro­duc­tion line to help build this one-off ve­hi­cle. They in­cluded ad­ven­turer Bear Grylls.

The ‘De­fender 2,000,000’ spe­cial fea­tures in­clude a map of Red Wharf Bay – where the de­sign for the orig­i­nal Land Rover was first drawn in the sand – en­graved into the alu­minium fen­der. A unique ‘No. 2,000,000’ badge sits on the rear of the ve­hi­cle, which is mir­rored on the in­te­rior con­sole. The de­sign is fin­ished with San­torini Black wheels and wheel arches, roof, door hinges, grille and mir­ror caps.

In­side, the leather seats also fea­ture the ‘Red Wharf Bay’ graphic and ‘No. 2,000,000’ lo­gos have been stitched on the head­rests. A be­spoke alu­minium plaque, signed by ev­ery­one who helped to as­sem­ble the ve­hi­cle is fit­ted to the driver’s seat plinth.

On the front and rear, S90 HUE reg­is­tra­tion plates – a refer­ene to the first ever pre-pro­duc­tion Land Rover, reg­is­tra­tion HUE 166’ – com­plete this one-of-a-kind Land Rover De­fender.

It will be auc­tioned by pres­ti­gious auc­tion house, Bon­hams. All pro­ceeds will be do­nated to Land Rover’s hu­man­i­tar­ian and con­ser­va­tion part­ners – the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Red Cross and Red Cres­cent So­ci­eties and the Born Free Foun­da­tion.

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The auc­tion of this mile­stone ve­hi­cle is an op­por­tu­nity to own a piece of Land Rover’s history, as De­fender en­ters its fi­nal phase of man­u­fac­tur­ing in Soli­hull.”

The ve­hi­cle was pub­licly un­veiled by Bon­hams at Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed. Af­ter com­plet­ing a sched­ule of public ap­pear­ances through­out the rest of the year, ‘De­fender 2,000,000’ will be auc­tioned at a pres­ti­gious char­ity event, held at the Bon­hams auc­tion house in New Bond Street, Lon­don on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 16, 2015.

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