Auction to mark Land Rover Defender milestone

Auction to mark Land Rover Defender milestone

The 2,000,000th Land Rover Defender will go under the hammer next week, with all of the proceeds going to charity.

Called the Defender 2,000,000, it features a number of unique details, such as a map of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey, where the original concept was first sketched into the sand more than 67 years ago.

Land Rover will soon call time on the Defender, which first rolled off the production line back in 1948.

To celebrate its rich history, the manufacturer has built the 2,000,000th model with help from a number of notable luminaries, including actress Virginia McKenna, who founded the Born Free Foundation, which has relied on Land Rovers for its wildlife conservation work in Africa for several decades.

The map of Red Wharf Bay is engraved into the vehicle's front wing, while "No. 2,000,000" logos are stitched into the headrests.

It will be auctioned at Bonhams' New Bond Street headquarters on December 16, with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation among the beneficiaries.

Land Rover has also released a video which celebrates the 67-year history of the Defender.

Several special and one-off Land Rovers feature in the film, including one styled by fashion designer Paul Smith, a rare Series II ice-cream van and the first-ever Series Land Rover show car.

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