Milestone Defender sold for £400k

Milestone Defender sold for £400k

A milestone Land Rover Defender has been sold for £400,000 at an auction in London.

The two milionth such 4x4 to have rolled off the production lines in its 67-year history is thought to have been sold to a buyer in Qatar.

The successful bidder will enjoy a vehicle that comes with special features such as commemorative badges.

A map depicting Anglesey's Red Wharf Bay is inscribed into the car's aluminium plates between its door openings and front-wheel arches.

This is where Maurice Wilkes, the firm's engineering director, drew the first Land Rover design into the sand.

The map also features on its leather seats. Its S90 HUE registration is a nod to the original HUE 166 pre-production Rover plate.

The Bonhams auction's proceeds are to go towards Jaguar Land Rover's continued backing of conservation and humanitarian aid.

Born Free and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are the beneficiaries.

The former helps to safeguard wildlife such as lions as well as creating ways of combating the twin threat of poaching and snaring.

A total of 33 Rover fans and ambassadors helped to create the milestone Defender.

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