The Land Rover Defender has been in production for nearly 70 years, so we find it absolutely heartbreaking it will be killed off as know it and replaced with something ultimately more earth-friendly for the 2018 model year. The automaker is making sure the model doesn’t go down quietly, though, releasing a special-edition 1 of 1 Defender to mark the 2 millionth example ever produced.
Setting the 2 millionth Defender apart from other models are its blacked-out wheels and accessories and its S90 HUE number plate, a nod to the Land Rover Series I HUE 166, or Huey, as it’s known. The most obvious changes, however, are the maps of Red Wharf Bay on its fender and seats, the location where the design for the first-ever Land Rover was drawn in the sand, and the ‘2,000,000’ logos in the headrests.
In our opinion, the coolest part about the 2 millionth Defender was its assembly process. Land Rover got together a team of life-long Defender fans at its Solihull production line to build the car by hand, and they didn’t pick just anybody. Athletes, aid workers and even Bear Grylls, who said the Defender has “saved his backside” more times than he can count, were among those who helped build the 2 millionth Defender.
You won’t be able to get your hands on the 2 millionth Defender, that is unless you are attending the December Bonhams auction where it will be sold off in support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation. You can still get your hands on a similar-looking Defender from Land Rover, though, and considering the model’s on its way out, it might not be such a bad idea.