Land Rover Frisco is helping to commemorate the UK production of the two-millionth Series Land Rover and Defender!
This December, Defender fans will be given the opportunity to own this unique piece of Land Rover’s history when it is auctioned off by the prestigious and globally renowned auction house, Bonhams. All proceeds will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Born Free Foundation.
Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive 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 organizations, 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.”
The vehicle will be publicly unveiled by Bonhams at Goodwood Festival of Speed, being held on June 25th. After completing a schedule of public appearances throughout the rest of the year, “Defender 2,000,000” will be auctioned at a prestigious charity event, held at the Bonhams auction house in New Bond Street, London. As part of the auction, Bonhams will host a specially curated Series Land Rover and Defender exhibition to showcase the vehicle’s rich history and detail its journey to becoming a worldwide automotive icon.
The Defender showcases an abundance of distinctive finishing touches. A map of Red Wharf Bay – where the design for the original Land Rover was first drawn in the sand – is engraved into the aluminum fender, which contrasts with the exterior Indus Silver satin paint. The design is finished with Santorini Black wheels and wheel arches, roof, door hinges, grille and mirror caps.
Production of the original Land Rover Series I began at the famous Lode Lane facility in 1947 ahead of its launch at the Amsterdam Motor Show on 30 April 1948. Since then two million examples of the Series I, II III and Defender have been produced at Solihull.