Car News 3 Jan 2016

Unique 2-millionth Land Rover sells for £400,000

The 2-millionth Land Rover Defender, celebrating the iconic off-roader’s last year in production, has been sold at Bonhams charity auction for £400,000.

The winning bidder from Qatar joins a very select group who own milestone Land Rovers – the 100thwas presented to King George VI and the last car will be kept by the company.  The 2-millionth Defender was built by Land Rover Jaguar’s SVO department, with 33 celebrity fans and brand ambassadors, including Bear Grylls, Ralf Speth and Virginia Mckenna, invited to help build the car.

The one-off Defender features a map of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey embossed into the seats – where the Wilks brothers first sketched the Land Rover design in the sand – and a ‘no. 2000,000’ badge adorns the rear.  An aluminium plaque fitted to the driver’s seat plinth is signed by all those who helped build the milestone vehicle.

A replacement for the Defender is expected in 2018, and Jaguar Land Rover will shortly launch a whole new suite of services to allow current owners of Defenders and historic Land Rovers to modify and restore their cars.