2016 saw the last Land Rover Defender roll off of the production line and therefore ending a design and engineering legacy, which began almost 70 years ago on a beach in Anglesey, Wales.
Maurice Wilks, an automotive and aeronautical engineer, set himself the challenge of designing a four-wheel-drive vehicle that was suitable for farmers and could be used as a general utility vehicle.
The vehicle was praised for its resilience and versatility, while the design was also noted for giving the driver the ability to switch from two to four-wheel-drive and offered something called Power Take Off (PTO), which meant that the car’s engine could be used to run other machines externally.
The 2,016,933 (and last) Land Rover Defender was built at the Solihull production plant and although it was the same car as the one launched 68 years ago in 1948 it was originally called the Land Rover Series, Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten, before being rebranded in 1990 as the Land Rover Defender.
This timeless classic design will be sadly missed. It will go down in history as an iconic vehicle with a unique personality with true British heritage! What do you think Land Rover Jaguar will bring out to replace the Defender?