Land Rover has sold the two millionth Defender produced at its Solihull plant for a record $600,000 at a charity auction at the Bonhams auction house in London. The amount is thought to be the highest ever paid for a production Land Rover.
The "Defender 2,000,000" as it is known at Land Rover, was sold to a bidder from Qatar. All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Land Rover's humanitarian and conservation partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Born Free Foundation.
The Land Rover Defender has been in production in one form or another since 1948. The vehicle sold at the auction, was assembled with the help of Land Rover ambassadors and people who were associated with the marque in the past including adventurer and survival specialist Bear Grylls and Stephen and Nick Wilks, the sons of the founders of Land Rover.
The vehicle, boasts a host of distinctive and bespoke finishing features including an engraved map of Red Wharf Bay - where the design for the original Land Rover was first drawn in the sand, and a unique 'no 2,000,000' badge.
Inside, the leather seats also feature the 'Red Wharf Bay' graphic and 'no 2,000,000' logos have been stitched on the headrests. A bespoke aluminium plaque, signed by everyone who helped to assemble the vehicle is fitted to the driver's seat. The S90 HUE registration plates pay tribute to the first ever pre-production Land Rover, registration 'HUE 166'.