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Landmark Land Rover sells for £400,000

The two millionth Land Rover Defender has sold for a record £400,000 – thought to be most valuable production Land Rover ever to be sold at auction.

The one-of-a-kind Land Rover ‘Defender 2,000,000’ went under the hammer at a charity auction in London held by Bonhams.

All proceeds from the sale to be donated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation.

The unique Defender is a unique vehicle that was assembled over 10 days earlier this year by 33 Land Rover brand ambassadors and enthusiasts including adventurer Bear Grylls, British entrepreneur Theo Paphitis and actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE.

It was created as a tribute to almost seven decades of Land Rover production at the Solihull plant, ending in January 2016,

It features a number of unique touches including ‘S90 HUE’ number plates which reference the first ever pre-production Land Rover nicknamed ‘Huey’ with registration ‘HUE 166’.

There’s also a map of Anglesey’s Red Wharf Bay, where the design for the original Land Rover was first drawn in the sand, engraved on the side of the vehicle, plus ‘No 2,000,000’ badges and an aluminium plaque signed by everyone who helped to assemble the vehicle.

Land Rover ‘Defender 2,000,000’  was sold to a bidder from Qatar.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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