Land Rover’s much celebrated Defender 4x4 has played plenty of roles in its 67-year lifespan, working alongside farmers, military personnel, firefighters and now, in this latest video from Land Rover, it’s picked up a job as a black cab.
While the Defender won’t be taking the place of the traditional black cab any time soon, the cameo appearance is used to help commemorate the end of the Defender’s production run, after 67 years and 2 million vehicles.
And Defender number 2,000,000 is the real star of the video, being offered for auction by Bonhams, with all proceeds going towards supporting the Born Free Foundation, and the International Federation Of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies.
As a taxi, the Defender 90 that stars in the video probably isn’t a perfect match to the task at hand, with a two-door body limiting rear seat access, however it also stars alongside some novel Land Rover variants, including a Paul Smith Defender, a Series II ice cream truck, a 6x6 delivery truck (with the most precious cargo of all), and the first ever show car from 1948.
The Defender being offered for auction features a range of unique enhancements including a ‘No. 2,000,000’ badge on the tailgate and console, and S90 HUE number plates, referencing the HUE 166 rego worn by the first pre-production Land rover, the Solihull production facility and the Defender 90 they sit on.
There’s also a map of Red Wharf Bay - the site where the first Land Rover designs were drawn in the sand - engraved into the front guard, as well as on the leather seats, plus an aluminium plaque with the signatures of everyone who helped assemble the vehicle.
The Defender 2,000,000 is the work of Land Rover Design Director, Gerry McGovern and was produced by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team.
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