Land Rover may be ending production on its current Defender soon, but that's no reason to ignore a major milestone for the venerated SUV. The automaker has produced a special one-off vehicle to celebrate the 2 millionth Defender built at its Solihull manufacturing facility in the U.K.
To honor 2 million Defenders built over the course of 67 years, Land Rover has included a number of unique touches on its one-off vehicle. On the aluminum fender as well as the leather seats, you'll find a map of the Red Wharf Bay, where the design for the original Land Rover was first drawn in sand. Less subtle details include a blacked-out grille, wheels, wheel arches, roof, door hinges, and mirror caps. Special "S90 HUE" registration plates commemorate the first-ever pre-production Land Rover.
The special Defender will make a number of public appearances throughout the year before it ends up in the hands of its owner. Land Rover will auction off the unique Defender this December at Bonhams. All proceeds will benefit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as the Born Free Foundation.
Those who are unable to snag this one-off Defender will get another opportunity once the next-gen model arrives. By 2018, Land Rover is expected to roll out a "softer" Defender with an improved ride, better handling, and a more comfortable interior. Along with at least five body styles, the model will reportedly come with a range of new four-cylinder engines and a range-topping 300-hp 3.0-liter V-6.
Source: Land Rover