Land Rover Defender: The vehicle that can do everything (A Tribute)

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The Land Rover Defender is an iconic off-road vehicle – one of the most easily recognisable vehicles in existence. This British four-wheel-drive vehicle was first made in 1983, but is a direct descendant of the original Land Rover, which was launched in 1948.

It is one of the most versatile ground vehicles ever produced. As a matter of fact, it has been described as a vehicle that can do everything, a claim that isn’t far from the truth. The Defender has seen service in several variants over the years with private individuals, sports, agriculture, entertainment, construction, and even the military. There was even an amphibious version – the Defender 90 – built in 1989. The only variant that hasn’t been made is one that flies.

Land Rover announced in 2015 that the Defender will be replaced. In December 2015, the last Defender rolled off the production line at the Land Rover plant in Solihull, UK. Enjoy photos of the glorious roll off below:

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender -lastgrille

Land Rover Defender -lastfront

Land Rover Defender -lastside


  1. Interesting how your description identifies it as first being built in 1983 whereas all of the documentaries I’ve heard recently date it back to 1948 and don’t separate the original from the current version.

    I figured they would still be around when I’m a retiree so I could finally own the vehicle of my dreams ? Hmm, looks like I might have to fast forward my plans!

  2. Noni,

    Don’t mind their lazy reporting. The Defender was developed in 1983/4, but modelled from the original Land Rover Series that was launched in 1948. Some argue that it is the exact same vehicle. Oh, well….

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