The fi­nal De­fender

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

LAND Rover marked the end of an era when pro­duc­tion of its iconic De­fender model came to an end af­ter 68 years yes­ter­day .

The ve­hi­cle has been in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion at the Coven­try car maker’s Soli­hull fac­tory since 1948.

A spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion to mark the end of a key chap­ter of Land Rover his­tory was held at the Lode Lane plant.

It was at­tended by 700 peo­ple, in­clud­ing cur­rent and for­mer em­ploy­ees and spe­cial guests.

They wit­nessed the fi­nal De­fender rolling off the pro­duc­tion line be­fore a cer­e­mony hosted by for­mer Top Gear pre­sen­ters Vicki But­ler- Hen­der­son and Quentin Wil­son.

The cel­e­bra­tion cul­mi­nated with a pa­rade fea­tur­ing a whole host of Land Rover ve­hi­cles, rang­ing from the first Land Rover ever made to the De­fender cre­ated for the Lara Croft Tomb Raider film. It also in­cluded the fi­nal De­fender to roll off the pro­duc­tion line.

In all 2,016,933 De­fend­ers and its Land Rover pre­de­ces­sor have been built in Soli­hull.

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