The Landrover Defender - Gone But Not Forgotten
Friday marked the end of an era in vehicle manufacturing history as the iconic Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line for the last time at the Solihull factory where it was first produced over 65 years ago. This historic event was marked with a high profile ceremony hosted by the new presenters of popular BBC motoring show Top Gear.
In addition to over 700 guests including past and present employees of Land Rover, a fleet of the different models made over the years were present to send the final Defender on its way including "Huey", the first model produced and even the specially modified version made famous in the Tomb Raider films.
The decision to end production of the vehicle in its current form is not a reflection on the popularity of the Defender and it has continued to show demand throughout its history. New EU regulations on vehicle emissions and increasingly tough modern safety requirements both play a part and Land Rover have said that it would be impossible to meet these without a complete overhaul of the vehicle. They have however promised that the name will live on in some form.
If you've always wanted to try your hand at driving one of these iconic vehicles but never got the chance, don't worry as all is not lost! We currently have the Land Rover Defender available to hire in several models including the Defender 110 and the SWB 90 TD.