The Land Rover Defender launched on April 30th, 1948, and since then, the U.K.-based automaker has built 2,000,000 examples of this rough-and-tumble SUV. In celebration of its 2,000,000th example, Land Rover built a one-off special-edition model named the Defender 2,000,000.
A quick glance at this super-limited Defender, and you may not notice anything special. Upon closer examination, you’ll find that this model has plenty of changes to set it apart. Subtle modifications like the map of Red Wharf Bay (where the original Land Rover design was etched into the sand) engraved into its fender, its satin Silver paint, “No. 2,000,000” badge on the rear and on the interior console, and Santorini Black wheels, wheel arches, roof, door hinges, grille and mirror caps all give this model a unique look.
Inside the cabin, buyers are treated to plenty of the upscale amenities expected of a Land Rover. These features include leather and machined-aluminum surfaces, and premium finishes on the steering wheel, gear-shift knob, transfer case knob, hand brake lever and door trim.
A special touch that one may easily overlook is the “S90 HUE” license plate that pays homage to the original Land Rover’s “HUE 166” registration.
This special model is based upon the Defender 90 Station Wagon, and its powertrain is identical to its base model. It is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 90 kW (121 horsepower) and 360 Nm (266 pound-feet) of torque. This torque-heavy diesel mates to a six-speed manual transmission that delivers power to all four wheels. This powertrain creeps the Defender 2,000,000 to 62 mph in 14.7 seconds and to a top speed of 90 mph.
Thanks to its diesel engine and favorable testing procedures in the U.K., the Defender 90 Station Wagon is rated at 24.1 mpg city, 30.1 mpg highway, and 27.7 mpg combined.
There is no price tag attached to this limited model, as it will go under the hammer through Bonhams London. All proceeds from the auction will benefit International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Born Free Foundation.