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Defender Final Editions, via WCXC

Car and Driver reports that it’s the end of the line for the venerable Land Rover Defender, the 4×4 whose lineage goes all the way back to the very first Series Land Rovers designed at Coventry in 1947. The Series Land Rovers, and Defenders, as they were later renamed, are the vehicles that, along with the Jeep, ushered in the four-wheel-drive era as we know it. To honor the end of their production, Land Rover is sending them out in three special editions.

The special editions hew along three themes: the Adventure Edition (adventure), the Autobiography Edition (luxury), and the Heritage Edition (retro).

The downside? They won’t available in the United States.

Check out the Car and Driver article below for more details.

Lots more photos after the jump.

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Car and Driver: Defender Bows Out with Three Final Editions

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To me, this video captures the joy of overlanding, the quiet stretches of road, the beautiful scenery, the people, the friendships. Two Czech guys head off through Turkey for a drive around Georgia, Armenia, and Karabkh, in their Land Rover Defender. Well done.

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There’s a company in LA called West Coast Defender that’s doing for the Defender what TLC does for Land Cruisers, that is, finding vintage models, restoring them to better than new condition, and selling them on to you.

They sell Defender 90s and 110s in gas or diesel. Prices range from $85,000 to $105,000.

Link trail: gadmachine > Gear Patrol > West Coast Defender

Here a team from a Kenyan group called Amboseli Trust for Elephants put their Land Rover Defenders to use pulling an eight-month-old elephant out of a well.

I don’t know if it’s the same baby elephant as in this video but if so, be careful little guy!


Check out this Land Rover 110. It has a sequential 5-speed transmission, 2-speed transfer case, working disc brakes, selectable 4-wheel-drive, and is made entirely out of Legos. Amazing! What’s more, every one of those features and more are actuated by remote control. Quite a project.

It’s currently listed on a site called Cuusoo, which is a kind of farm league for Lego models. If it gets 10,000 votes, Lego will produce it as a kit.

Read the rest for more photos and a video of it in action.

Here’s a link to the builder’s site.

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Wow, here’s an original Land Rover Camel Trophy Defender 110 for sale on ebay. It was built for the Tanzania–Burundi event in 1991. The owner reports that it has had a major rebuild. Everything from the diesel engine, to axles, to paint has been addressed. What’s even better is that this particular truck is reported to have been a medical support vehicle for the event, meaning that it presumably didn’t suffer the grueling trail beatings that the competition trucks did.

I can only see two downsides to this truck: a) the $54,999 opening bid (no bidders as yet), and b) the fact that the seller states that it is not street legal.

Perhaps you can register it in Burundi?

Found on Expedition Portal.

More photos below.

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