2,000,000TH DEFENDER ATTRACTS BIG BUCKS

THE 2,000,000TH LAND ROVER DEFENDER HAS SOLD FOR A RECORD PRICE AT A CHARITY AUCTION IN LONDON.

The 2,000,000th Land Rover Defender to be built has sold in London for what is thought to be a record amount for any version of the iconic model: £400,000.

The one-of-a-kind Defender was sold at a prestigious charity auction at Bonhams, with all proceeds to be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners.

This is thought to be the most valuable production Land Rover ever sold at auction, and it was bought by a lucky bidder from Qatar in the Middle East.

The vehicle was built in May 2015 by an all-star cast of brand ambassadors and people from Land Rover’s history, including Bear Grylls, Virginia McKenna OBE, and Stephen and Nick Wilks, sons of the founders of Land Rover.

The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which will use the donation to help communities in southeast Nepal to improve management of natural disasters; and the Born Free Foundation, which plans to use the funds to support the ‘Project Lion Rover’ wildlife conservation initiative in Meru National Park, Kenya.

The project provides critical equipment to help protect lions and other wildlife and establishes education and community involvement to tackle issues such as snaring and poaching.

Production of the Defender is expected to end in January 2016, with the last model also expected to attract plenty of interest.

An all-new replacement is tipped to be launched in 2017, but it will be a far cry from the Landie that has stood the test of time for more than 60 years.