68 years ago the Land Rover was envisioned with a simple sketch in the sand.
Land Rover will spend the next year celebrating the iconic Defender, and has kicked off the party by unveiling a trio of limited edition models and creating a unique 1km sand drawing in the UK. Why, you may ask? Because 68 years ago, Rover’s engineering director Maurice Wilks first sketched the outline of the original Land Rover in the sand of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey. He conceived a vehicle that could act as both tractor and off-roader, and his design was christened ‘Land Rover.’
The one-kilometer-long temporary artwork was created using six Land Rovers, each towing a 12-foot harrow as they made one continuous 4.52-km line, which was soon erased by the incoming tide.
The three limited edition Defenders honor a different element of its versatile character. The Autobiography Edition offers more performance, luxury and comfort, boasting a two-tone paint job, LED lights, a power boost to 148 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, Santorini Black detailing, and full Windsor leather interior. Based on a 90 Station Wagon, just 80 units will be made priced from £61,845. Inspired by early models, the Heritage Edition comes in Grasmere Green with a contrasting white roof, a heritage grille, and HUE 166 graphics – a nod to the license plate of ‘Huey,’ the first ever pre-production Series 1 Land Rover. Limited to 400 units, it will come priced from £27,800.
Celebrating its legendary offroading capabilities, the Adventure Edition comes with additional underbody protection, Goodyear MT/R tires, leather-trimmed cabin, the same power boost as the Autobiography, and an “expedition roof rack, snorkel, [and] rear access ladder.” Available in Corris Grey, Yulong White or Phoenix Orange, it will be made in a 600-vehicle run in either 90 or 110 Station Wagon form, and will cost from £43,995.