The last classic Land Rover Defender, the 4×4 known the world over has rolled off the production line – 68 years after the first was built.
Originally intended for agricultural use, the off-roader became popular with the military and explorers, and with celebrities such as Paul McCartney and Steve McQueen.
More than two million Defenders have been sold since 1948 when, because of steel shortages after the war, aluminium was used for most of the body panels.
“Any conventional vehicle would have been replaced many times over in the lifespan of the Defender,” a spokeswoman said. “We have now got the technology, pioneering engineering capability and design expertise to evolve the Defender.”
It takes 56 hours to build a Defender, largely by hand, at the Solihull factory, near Birmingham, England.