MOST EXPENSIVE LANDY YET? The unique vehicle, the two-millionth of the iconic Series Land Rover and Defender models was sold to a bidder from Qatar. Image: Newspress
• Land Rover ‘Defender 2 000 000’
• 2-millionth Defender built at Solihull, UK
• Proceeds to be donated to charity
London, England – A one-of-a-kind Land Rover Defender sold for a record £400 000 at a prestigious charity auction at Bonhams.
This is the thought to be the most valuable production Land Rover ever to be sold at auction.
The unique vehicle, the two-millionth of the iconic Series Land Rover and Defender models manufactured at Land Rover’s Solihull plant since 1948, was sold to a bidder from Qatar.
The vehicle was built in May 2015 by an all-star cast of brand ambassadors and people from Land Rover’s history including Bear Grylls, Virginia McKenna OBE and Stephen and Nick Wilks, sons of the founders of Land Rover.
The vehicle boasts 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 feature the 'Red Wharf Bay' graphic and special logos on the headrests. A bespoke aluminium plaque, signed by everyone who helped to assemble the vehicle is fitted to the driver's seat. Special S90 HUE registration plates provide a fitting tribute to the first ever pre-production Land Rover, registration 'HUE 166'.
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners - the International Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Born Free Foundation.