Land Rover has been defending the realm since 1948

Take a look at the evolution of the original Land Rover into the Defender over the decades.
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    As we welcome the new 2020 Land Rover Defender, it seems like a good time to look back at the original rough-and-ready models, which ran from 1948 to 2016. Land Rover marked the end of production with a ceremony at its Solihull plant that gathered the classics back to their birthplace, providing a trove of modern photos of classic Land Rovers to enjoy.

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    1948 Land Rover 90

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    1956 Land Rover Series I Fire Tender

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    1967 Land Rover Series IIA 88-inch prototype

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    1979 Land Rover Series III 109-inch Station Wagon

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    Classic Land Rover reunion

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    Classic Land Rover parade

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    1994 Defender 90 convertible

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    2001 Land Rover Defender, Tomb Raider movie vehicle

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    2012 Land Rover Defender

     

  • 2013 Land Rover Defender

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    2015 Land Rover Defender 110 official Rugby World Cup vehicle

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    Final 2016 Land Rover Defender

Dan Carney is a Design News senior editor, covering automotive technology, engineering and design, especially emerging electric vehicle and autonomous technologies.

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