Land Rover celebrates almost 70 years of their stalwart Defender series. The company will cease production of the model this year. First conceived by Maurice and Spencer Wilks in 1947, the Defender has served all aspects of private and professional life in various forms such as emergency and patrol vehicles, safari companions and as the evergreen mount of choice of the British Crown. "Heritage", "Adventure" and "Autobiography" editions are available in very limited numbers (400, 600 and 80 respectively). Sadly, ever-stringent emissions regulations have made the British icon all but obsolete; now about that LS2 engine swap...
--Howard Duffy, KoS
"Defender is the epitome of toughness, of ruggedness, of strength and most importantly of capability."
-Gerry McGover, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer