Known around the globe as an icon of British engineering, the Land Rover Defender is the ultimate off-roader that has delighted owners for generations. Combining military utility with classic and distinctive design, the Defender had been a ubiquitous presence on the automobile scene since its release more than half a century ago. But 68 years since the first model came on the market, the production line came to a halt in January 2016. This book presents the perfect opportunity to look back over the Land Rover's history, from its first iteration as a utility vehicle in 1948, to the 21st Century special editions. Defender, Land Rover's Legendary Off-Roader provides a highly-illustrated collection of classic and limited edition models, filled with specs, stats, and images of Defenders both at home and abroad.
From its reputation as the essential go-anywhere vehicle, the Defender has even won some famous fans, and owners can include the Queen, Sir Winston Churchill and actor Steve McQueen amongst their numbers. In recent years, the Defender has gained a second life as a city vehicle as much as its natural home in the West Country mud or on the African savannah.
About the author: Mike Gould worked at Land Rover and its predecessor companies for more than 30 years - a career that included many years when he was responsible for the Land Rover and Defender model lines. As Brand Manager, he was in charge of the product when the Defender name was introduced and laid the foundations for the more leisure-orientated variants that expanded the model's potential and became so popular.
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