End of an era as Land Rover Defender ceases production
After being in continuous production since 1948, the very last Land Rover Defender has rolled off the production line.
More than 2 million of the iconic British vehicles hit the roads before EU rules put the brakes on.
It is number 2,016,933, and the last Land Rover Defender that will ever be made. Jeff Shannon has built them for 40 years, and today, as the last car passed into history, he retired.
Not famous for comfort or for luxury, but good enough for the Queen for more than half a century, it was also good enough for Pope John Paul. Since 1948 if you had to trust a car to save your life, it would always be this one. Even 007 always liked a Land Rover.
But this is a legend born and bred in Birmingham.
The defender could cope with everything it seems, except European standards on safety and vehicle emissions, which have now overtaken it, making its rugged simplicity a thing of the past.
Every worker on the production line in Solihull turned out this morning to witness the end of an era and bid farewell to a car that's outlived its time but will remain a joy forever.
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