But, this week, the company confirmed the current Defender may yet live on, if a suitable business case can be found for production outside of the UK.
In a statement this week, Land Rover said it is "investigating the possibility of maintaining production of the current Defender at an overseas production facility, after the close of UK manufacturing”.
There is a caveat, however: while the Defender’s sentence may be commuted, it would nonetheless be forbidden from ever showing its face again in an EU Land Rover dealership.
“Any continuation would see low-volume production maintained for sale outside the EU,” the company said.
Could this lead to continued availability of the old workhorse in Australia? That will depend on regulations and Land Rover itself, although private importers might pick up where the brand itself leaves off.
As for Land Rover’s intention in continuing Defender production, it is likely that its owner, Tata, would be keen to see the model continue in India and other developing regions.
The best bet for local buyers, of course, is to get an order in before the current production schedule ends.
Hop to it, then.