Land Rover celebrates 68 years of history.
PUBLISHED: 11:17 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:17 17 February 2016
Land Rover celebrated 68 years of history on 29th January 2016 as the last of the current Defenders was produced at its famous Solihull production facility.
To mark the occasion Land Rover invited more than 700 current and former Solihull employees involved in the production of Series Land Rover and Defender vehicles to see and drive some of the most important vehicles from its history, including the first pre-production ‘Huey’ Series I as well as the last vehicle off the production line, a Defender 90 Heritage Soft Top.
At the same time, Land Rover announced a new Heritage Restoration Programme, which will be based on the site of the existing Solihull production line. A team of experts, including some long serving Defender employees, will oversee the restoration of a number of Series Land Rovers sourced from across the globe. The first vehicles will go on sale in July 2016.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Today we celebrate what generations of men and women have done since the outline for the Land Rover was originally drawn in the sand. The Series Land Rover, now Defender, is the origin of our legendary capability, a vehicle that makes the world a better place, often in some of the most extreme circumstances. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Defender, among all our employees, but this is not the end. We have a glorious past to champion, and a wonderful future to look forward to.”
Nick Rogers, Group Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover, added: “This is a special day of fond celebration for Jaguar Land Rover. We all have personal memories of Defender. It’s a true motoring icon and is much loved around the world. The world has changed dramatically in the last 68 years, but this vehicle has remained a constant - something no other vehicle can claim. The last of the current Defender models embraces the vehicle’s simplicity, honesty and charm - it represents its Series Land Rover heritage. Creating the Defender of tomorrow, a dream for any engineer or designer, is the next exciting chapter and we are looking forward to taking on that challenge.”
At Land Rover Experience, Eastnor we are celebrating the Iconic Defender in all its glory and want to share our passion and enthusiasm for a truly remarkable vehicle. We will take you to exactly where the suspension was developed. Drive the infamous Gearbox Hill, and the many areas which are as deep in mud as they are in Defender folklore and history.
This could well be your last chance to challenge yourself and the Defender. If you’ve been here before, well take you further, if it’s your first time, you can relax knowing that you will be with arguably the most experienced instructors in the world, with incomparable experience on the most demanding terrain Eastnor has to offer.
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