Land Rover celebrated 68 years of history recently as the last of the current Defenders was produced at the famous Solihull production facility in England.
More than 700 current and former Solihull employees involved in the production of Series Land Rover and Defender vehicles were on site to see and drive some of the most important vehicles from its history, including the first pre-production ‘Huey’ Series I as well as the last vehicle off the production line, a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top.
Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Today we celebrate what generations of men and women have done since the outline for the Land Rover was originally drawn in the sand. The Series Land Rover, now Defender, is the origin of our legendary capability, a vehicle that makes the world a better place, often in some of the most extreme circumstances. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Defender, among all our employees, but this is not the end. We have a glorious past to champion, and a wonderful future to look forward to.”
Land Rover fans are invited to upload their most memorable journeys ever undertaken in Series Land Rover or Defender vehicles via an upcoming online “Defender Journeys” platform. Basically a digital scrapbook, Land Rover aims to combine as many exciting adventures as possible into this online map, which users can view and share.
More than two million Series Land Rovers and Defenders have been built in Solihull since 1948, and this highly capable off-roader is considered one of the world’s most iconic 4x4s, earning the reputation of being the most versatile vehicle on the planet.