Land Rover recently held a 65th birthday party for its longest serving SUV, the famous Defender at Packington Estate, where tests on the first prototype were carried out in 1948. And the celebrations started in a grand fashion. A ‘HUE’ birthday cake was flown in a Lynx helicopter by a member of the ‘Black Cats’ Royal Navy display team to Packington Estate. The first Series I Land Rover, called the Huey was also on display.
To commemorate this event, Land Rover also unveiled a special edition Defender LXV (LXV is well, the Roman way of putting the number 65). The special edition adds in a Fuji White or Santorini Black paint scheme, a Grey Roof, LXV badges, 16-inch wheels, interior detailing and leather seats, over the regular Defender trim. The 122PS/360Nm 2.2-litre diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission have been retained from the regular Defender. So have the legendary off-roading capabilities. Prices will be announced in August this year with sales starting thereafter.
John Edwards, Land Rover’s global brand director said, “Land Rover is celebrating 65 years of proud heritage. It is in fact a dual celebration, as March saw Land Rover deliver the strongest ever monthly and quarterly sales performance in its history. Since 1948, every component in our vehicles has been designed and engineered with intent and Land Rover continues to this day, to build the world’s most capable all-purpose vehicles.”