Special edition marks 2,000,000th Land Rover Defender made

Published 22 June 2015

The 2,000,000th Defender has rolled off the production line in Solihull, and so to mark the momentous occasion Land Rover has made it a very special one. The one-off ‘Defender 2,000,000’ will be auctioned off for charity at Bonhams in December.

The car’s wing features a map of Red Wharf Bay carved in aluminium, to evoke the place where the original Land Rover concept was drawn in the sand, while at the rear there’s a unique numbered badge, which also appears on the centre console.


The seats are leather and feature a Red Wharf Bay image, while in true Land Rover style, the company has trotted out a number of celebrities to help publicise the car – or in this case, join the production line. The result is that an aluminium plaque on the driver’s seat plinth that displays the engraved signatures of everyone involved in the build of the car includes such names as ‘Bear’ and ‘Theo’.

The registration plate is S90 HUE, you may have noticed, which will be sold with the car at the December 16th auction, and is in homage to the original Land Rover registration, HUE 166.


The first Land Rover, the Series 1, was produced at the Lode Lane factory in 1947, before being launched in April 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. This special edition is based on the current, Series 3 Defender.

The money raised by the 2,000,000 edition will go to the Red Cross, Red Crescent Society and Born Free Foundation. Shortly thereafter, production of the Series 3 Defender will end, prior to the launch of the brand new Defender. 

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