Land Rover has been Defending the Realm Since 1948

World Land Rover Day is a great excuse to take a look at the evolution of the original Land Rover into the Defender over the decades.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

April 30, 2020

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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.


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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Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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