Land Rover Defender special edition and collectors models
Back in 1947 Land Rover's engineering director Maurice Wilks drew the shape of the original Land Rover for his brother Spence who was the company's managing director. Designed to compete with the US's Willy Jeep, Land Rover's popularity quickly soared.
Debuting back in 1983, the Defender Series turned Land Rover's sales, which had dropped dramatically, upside down. Stylistically and mechanically updated from the original Land Rover models, the Defender retained its familiar appearance. It became a quick favourite with British farmers, with the pickup version offering plenty of hauling capabilities coupled with off-road ability required to tackle muddy fields and narrow streams.
As the years passed by the Defender remained pretty much unchanged, rejecting the temptation to adopt a more modern design or to utilise electronic gadgetry. The name Defender was adopted in 1990. Before then, the vehicles in the series were known by the length of their wheelbases - 90, 110 and 127.
As the Defender stopped production in 2016 Land Rover released three final special edition vehicles known as the "Celebration Series". This trio includes the Adventure Edition, which embraces the Land Rover's long lasting go everywhere ethos, the Heritage Edition, which blends nostalgia with modern accessories and the Autobiography Edition which emphasises performance and luxury.
The Adventure includes a number of upgrades that would make a mountainous expedition a lot easier. The larger front skid plates and the side rocker panel guards a noticeable addition of the Goodyear MT/R tyres and alloy wheels. The vehicle also comes with a full size roof rack, not to mention the orange paintwork, topped off by a black hood and grille. This is a "look at me" vehicle which makes for an appropriate goodbye to the Defender series.
The Heritage pays homage to the HUE 166 which was Land Rover's very first SUV born back in 1947. Retaining the Defender's boxy design, the Heritage gives a nod to the HUE 166 with a silver front bumper which features black end caps, body coloured steel wheels and a bespoke front grille. The Heritage comes in four different body styles which include the 90 Station Wagon, 90 Hard Top, 110 Station Wagon and 110 Utility Wagon.
The Autobiography is a stylish edition coming with luxuries including a full Windsor Leather interior featuring semi-aniline leather seats with twin needle contrast stitching, alloy wheels in 16-inch gloss black, LED beam headlights and a choice of seven lower body colours.
Three Car Defender Model Set
If you aren't able to get your hands on the vehicles themselves, you can always opt to buy Land Rover models instead. The three car Defender model set is a necessary addition to any Land Rover enthusiast's model car collection. Featuring the three final edition Defenders: the Defender Adventure, the Defender Heritage and the Defender Autobiography. At £17.00 this collector's edition set comes in a scale of 1:73 and is a great addition to anyone looking to buy Land Rover models to add to their collection.