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Two special Land Rover Defenders to go under the hammer

Sixty-seven years after the first Defender rolled off the production line in Solihull, two very special models are being offered at auction. The first is a 1984 V8 County Station 110; it’s just one of a handful in this spec, and could have been a pre-production or press fleet car. It’s on offer at the Classic Car Auctions’ sale on 29 August at Chris Evans’s Carfest South Charity Classic Car extravaganza weekend.

The 110 was the subject of a painstaking 10-year restoration by a classic bodyshop specialist, and sits on a galvanised Richards chassis and has a new Rover 3.5 V8 from Dunsfold Land Rover under its bonnet.

It’s also been retrimmed and resprayed, with the correct old stock County stripes applied. With less than 100 miles under its tyres since the restoration was completed, the Defender is expected to sell for £19,500 to £21,000.

The second special Land Rover Defender on offer is the two millionth made; it rolled off the production line in May. Land Rover has asked Bonhams to sell it for charity at its New Bond Street saleroom in London on 16 December.

A unique vehicle, it was partly assembled by celebrities including adventurer Bear Grylls, entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, and Countryfile presenter Adam Henson. It has a host of distinctive finishing touches, including a map of Red Wharf Bay, the place the design for the original Land Rover was first drawn in the sand, engraved into the aluminium fender. A ‘no 2,000,000’ badge sits on the rear of the vehicle and is mirrored on the interior console.

The leather seats also feature the Red Wharf Bay graphic, and no 2,000,000 logos have been stitched into the headrests. Its registration plate – S90 HUE is similar to that of the first pre-production Land Rover, which bore the plate HUE 166.

All proceeds from the sale of the 2015 Defender will go to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Born Free Foundation. 

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By Claire Evans

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