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Land Rover builds one-off Defender to mark 2M production milestone

Land Rover builds one-off Defender to mark 2M production milestone image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Land Rover | posted June 22, 2015 15:58

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Land Rover is set to commemorate their upcoming 2-millionth production milestone with a unique Defender that marks the brand's automotive achievement. To be auctioned off on December 16, 2015 during a special charity event, the 'Defender 2,000,000' will have an array of distinct features that can be seen throughout the SUV.

“Over 67 years, the Series Land Rover and in turn Defender has been the transport of choice for explorers, charity organizations, farmers and even royalty. Throughout history it has helped pioneers to reach the unreachable. What started life as an agricultural workhorse has transcended the automotive world to become a worldwide design icon. I was honored to join the production line team in Solihull to help build this unique vehicle. It was a special experience which will no doubt become a fond memory,” said Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.

The side and rear of the Land Rover Defender 2,000,000

From the outside, the Defender is finished in Indus Silver Satin while contrasting the shiny bodywork is a map of Red Wharf Bay engraved on the aluminum fender. The bay is where the original sketch of the Defender was first drawn in the sand. The wheels, wheel arches, roof, door hinges and mirror caps are all finished in Santorini Black and a unique '2,000,000' badging is placed at the rear section of the SUV.

Inside, the leather seats also feature the map of Red Wharf Bay along with a stitched '2,000,000' logo that is placed on the headrest. An aluminum plaque is installed on the base on of the driver's seat and has signatures of everyone who helped build the SUV, including renowned survival expert Bear Grylls.

The map of Red Wharf Bay engraved on the aluminum fender

“The Land Rover Defender has been there for me more times than I care to remember. They are so often the unsung heroes of our TV shows, working hard in the toughest conditions to get crew in and out of exceptionally challenging terrains. Known and respected by me and many other adventurers for their rugged reliability – it was an honour to be asked to take part in the build of this very special car,” said Grylls.

Completing the '2,000,000 Defender' is a set of license plates that registers the car as S90 HUE which honors the first ever pre-production Land Rover, HUE 166.

The interior of the Land Rover Defender 2,000,000

It will be auctioned off on December 16, 2015 during a special charity event at the Bonhams auction house. All of the proceeds of the auction will then be donated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and to the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity organization.

“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. Giving people the chance to buy this truly distinctive Defender to raise funds for the IFRC and Born Free Foundation is a suitable way to celebrate the role that Defender has played in supporting our humanitarian aid and conservation partners over the decades,” added Speth.