Farewell, Landy: Historic Factory Photos of the Land Rover Defender

Jan. 29, 2016
The Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, England, just wrapped up 68 years of production on its plucky Defender, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, James Bond and farmers. Some 700 workers and former workers gathered at the plant as the final vehicle rolled off the line. More than 2 million of the workhorse vehicles have been produced, and (urban legend, at least, says) an estimated 75% are still on the road. Here, a look back at some milestone photos of the vehicle, and factory pictures from the 1950s.

The Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, England, just wrapped up 68 years of production on its plucky Defender, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, James Bond and farmers. Some 700 workers and former workers gathered at the plant as the final vehicle rolled off the line. Here, a look back at some milestone photos of the vehicle, and factory pictures from the 1950s.

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