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Feb 26

12 Facts about Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender is not produced anymore but still it is one of the most celebrated 4×4 in the whole world

Land Rover Defender is the most admired 4×4 in the world. It has a powerful engine which is mated to state-of-the-art manual or automatic gearbox. Every car enthusiast dreams of owning one of these but few know these amazing facts about Land Rover Defender.

1- In 1948 the cost of original Series I Land Rover was just £450 and it produced just 50bhp from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine.

2- Company’s Solihull factory hold the record of producing a total of 2,016,933 Series Land Rovers and Defenders on the production line since 1948.

3- As compared to 48 hours of a Land Rover Discovery Sport, it took 56 man hours to build each Defender.

4- In every four minutes, a new Defender rolled of the production line before the end of its production on Friday 29 January 2016.

5- To show the talents of the vehicle around the world, in 1990 Roger Crathorne set up an event “Land Rover Experience” which now operates from 33 centres around the globe including China, Middle East North America, Russia, Scandinavia and South Africa.

6- Defender Celebration Line has been visited by more than 10,000 Land Rover owners and visitors around the globe to witness the recreation of the original 1948 production line.

7- Since 1948, the underbody support strut and the hood cleats are two original parts that have been fitted to all Soft Top Series Defenders and Land Rovers.

8- Actor Steve McQueen, Sir Winston Churchill and the Queen are among those famous personalities who owned Series Land Rovers and Defenders.

9- There are more than 7,000 individual parts in each Defender.

10- The dashboard as ‘lamb’s chops’ and door hinges as ‘pig’s ears’ are the nicknames given to parts by the workers on the Land Rover production line.

11- In 1966, the Defender featured heavily in a film Born Free and became a movie star. Since then the Defenders are still in use of Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE – its founder – and Will Travers OBE – her son.

12- Jaguar Land Rover has not forgotten the part Solihull has played so despite the end of Defender production there, JLR is still using it to produce Jaguar F-PACE, Jaguar XE, Ranger Rover, Ranger Rover Sport and Discovery models.

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