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Gallery: A look back at the Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender is no more. Production of the iconic off-roader, which has been on sale since 1948 in one form or another, has ended after facing escalating safety regulations and a changing market place. Land Rover has confirmed that it will be replaced.

The Land Rover Defender is identified with the UK in much the same way as the K6 telephone box, black London taxis and the Mini. It's also loved by HRH The Queen. Okay, so the number of parts shared between the Land Rover of 1948 and the Defender of today are miniscule, but it's still fundamentally the same vehicle. And to show you just how much it hasn't changed, here's a gallery of each major model through the years.

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Land Rover Defender (1990-2015)

The Defender came about as Land Rover expanded its model portfolio to include the Discovery. With more than one model at all, it was no longer suitable to sell the car as the 'Land Rover'. The Defender was effectively a lightly facelifted 90/110 that also received the Discovery's turbodiesel engine to create the popular 200Tdi model. The V8 version continued as before, but with the new turbodiesel on board, its sales were seriously overshadowed.


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