Land Rover Defender at 65: still gorgeous

The Land Rover Defender is sixty five years old today. It is as good now as it was then.

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Precisely 2,008,179 Land Rover Defenders have been sold since the first one left the production line in Solihull on 30 April 1948. That’s 85 sold every day since.

Precisely 2,008,179 Land Rover Defenders have been sold since the first one left the production line in Solihull on 30 April 1948. That’s 85 sold every day since.

First built to replace the American ‘Willy’s Jeep’ used by designer Maurice Wilk on his land in Anglesey. The first sketch was made in the sand on Red Wharf Bay.

First built to replace the American ‘Willy’s Jeep’ used by designer Maurice Wilk on his land in Anglesey. The first sketch was made in the sand on Red Wharf Bay.

Not thinking of retirement. The biggest endorsement is that the same car is still in use on some of the world’s harshest terrains today. These Land Rover Defenders were pictured last week in Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, about to embark on some mountain adventure (photo: @LeighTurnerFCO). Clearly, nobody wants to drive anything else.

The biggest endorsement is that the same car is still in use on some of the world’s harshest terrains today. These Land Rover Defenders were pictured last week in Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, about to embark on some mountain adventure (photo: @LeighTurnerFCO). Clearly, nobody wants to drive anything else.

The special edition Land Rover Defender LXV (65 in roman numerals) built to commemorate this anniversary comes in black or white, with grey roof and grille, leather seats with contrast orange stitching and is available in all five Defender body styles. Prices available in August.

The special edition Land Rover Defender LXV (65 in roman numerals) comes in black or white, with grey roof and grille, and leather seats with contrast orange stitching.

The LXV is available in all five defender body styles. Prices to be released in August.

The LXV is available in all five Defender body styles. Prices to be released in August.

The occasion was marked with an event at Packington Estate at Meriden, between Coventry and Birmingham, the testing ground for the original and used until the 1970’s.

The occasion was marked with an event at Packington Estate at Meriden near Solihull, the testing ground for the original and used until the 1970’s.

The Defender’s important milestone is reached as the company celebrates record monthly and quarterly sales figures. That has a lot to do with the smash hit Range Rover Evoque, but with brand new versions of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport due on sale - and exciting ideas for the next generation of Defender - the Land Rover brand has a long way to go yet.

This important milestone is reached as Land Rover celebrates record monthly and quarterly sales figures. With exciting ideas for the next generation Defender in the pipeline, it’s far too early to think about retirement yet.

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