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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 Heritage (2015)

One of three special editions built to celebrate the Land Rover Defender before production ended, the Heritage takes inspiration from the original prototype. The pastel green paintwork, retro grille and painted steel wheels evoke the original Land Rover prototype. That car's registration - HUE 166 - is also reproduced on one of the front wings in a subtle homage. 

We drove the Defender Heritage last year - read our road test here.


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