The two-millionth ‘utility’ Land Rover will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, after Land Rover reached the manufacturing milestone in the model’s final year of production.
The one-off 90 commemorates 2,000,000 Land Rover Defender and Series models, produced at Lode Lane, Solihull, since 1948.
Unique touches include a map of Red Wharf Bay – where the design for the original Land Rover was first drawn in the sand – engraved into the front wing, plus a ‘2,000,000’ badge on both the back of the vehicle and the centre console.
Inside, the leather seats also feature the ‘Red Wharf Bay’ graphic, with ‘2,000,000’ logos stitched into the headrests. A bespoke aluminium plaque, signed by everyone who helped to assemble the vehicle, is fitted to the driver’s seat plinth.
A team of life-long Defender fans were invited to join the Solihull production line in May to help build this one-of-a-kind vehicle, including adventurer Bear Grylls.
Grylls said: ‘The Land Rover Defender has been there for me more times than I care to remember. They are so often the unsung heroes of our TV shows, working hard in the toughest conditions to get crew in and out of exceptionally challenging terrains. Known and respected by me and many other adventurers for their rugged reliability – it was an honour to be asked to take part in the build of this very special car.”
Representatives from the IFRC and Born Free also made the journey to Solihull to fit their part to the vehicle, including actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE.
Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: ‘Over 67 years, the Series Land Rover and in turn Defender has been the transport of choice for explorers, charity organisations, farmers and even royalty. Throughout history it has helped pioneers to reach the unreachable. What started life as an agricultural workhorse has transcended the automotive world to become a worldwide design icon.”
Defender 2,000,000 will be auctioned off in a special Bonham’s sale in London on 16 December 2015.