Land Rover Defender
A True Icon
A true icon, the Land Rover Defender epitomises toughness, durability and off-road capability. For more than 65 years, the Defender has been tackling the toughest terrain in all conditions, and the latest-generation models are as dependable as ever. An array of bodystyles were offered by Land Rover, though the most popular remain the short wheelbase 90 and long wheelbase 100 hard top and station wagon variants, all of which make a fantastic used car buy.
Although the Defender name has come to represent strength and longevity the world over, it makes sense to ensure you're choosing from the highest quality vehicles when searching for a used Defender. You can be sure that Farrnell offer the best in approved used Land Rover vehicles with benefits including a 165 multi-point inspection, 2 years UK & European roadside assistance, MOT test warranty, 30 day or 1,000 mile exchange agreement and a complimentary half-day Land Rover Experience day on all manufacturer-approved vehicles.
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From 1948 to 2016
Celebrating the Solihull Story
More than two million Series Land Rovers and Defenders have been built in Solihull, UK since 1948. What began as simply a line drawing in the sand has gone on to become one of the world's most iconic 4x4s, earning the accolade of being the most versatile vehicle on the planet, capable of taking owners to the places other vehicles couldn't reach. In 2015, a unique milestone Defender - the 'Defender 2,000,000' sold for a record £400,000 - a far cry from the original £450 the first Land Rover sold for at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show.
In 1948, the Series I went into full production at Solihull. Post-war Britain was struggling with a shortage of steel, though aluminium was in plentiful supply for the bodyshells and the country had vast manufacturing capacity. Inspiration came from Spencer and Maurice Wilks, two brothers who had helped return the Rover Company back into profitability during the 1930s. They had devised the Land Rover as a vehicle primarily for farming and agricultural use. They could not have predicted the global impact their vehicle would have.
From 1958 to 1990
Changes followed and in 1958 the Series II brought about a new design and engine updates, including an advanced diesel engine which remained in service until the mid-1980s. Sales had reached half a million by 1966, while annual production peaked in 1971 with 56,000 units. During the 1970s, the Series III continued to sell as well as its predecessor, a testament to its enduring appeal.
The vehicle earned a new name in 1990 - Defender. By this time, the Land Rover portfolio included the Range Rover and the newly-launched Discovery. A new name was fitting for a vehicle previously only referred to by its wheelbase length and Series number. Part of the Land Rover's appeal came from the endless variants that were created off the basic platform, including models as diverse as fire engines, lorry-like Forward Control vehicles, cherry pickers and even an amphibious car capable of floating on water. Over its 68 year history, it has been a vehicle driven by everyone from farmers and famous explorers, to royalty.
Part of the Family
For many Defender owners the vehicle has become part of the family, just as on the Solihull production lines where that same family bond has been forged over the years by the workforce.
Tim Bickerton, aged 55, has 40 years' service with Land Rover having started as an apprentice, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Charlie and father Peter, who clocked up 35 and 30 years respectively working on the same line, both progressing to foreman. Tim was followed by his daughter Jade, aged 25 who worked on logistics and materials for the Defender, before recently moving to another area within JLR. Then last year his 23 year old son Scott became the fifth member of the family to work on the Defender.
Tim, who worked on producing special limited edition Defender models, said: "I am hugely proud of our special family tradition working on this remarkable vehicle. The Defender has become part of our family. We're like a stick of rock with Defender running through us. The Defender is the vehicle that everyone relates back to Land Rover; it may be seen as a workhorse but we think it has become a real thoroughbred."
David Smith, aged 56, is another 37 year veteran of the current Defender production line who will be moving across to the Jaguar XE production area. A former butcher he joined Land Rover as a 20 year old because it doubled his wages to £80 a week and gave him a job with long term prospects. "The Defender is a special vehicle and very much hand built. You need to get a feel for it; we call it 'the knack' and it takes months to learn the knack. It's about doing the job at speed, it's an intense combination of skills. Working on the Defender is like being part of a big family," he said.