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This limited edition soft-top Land Rover Defender is a piece of history

A 60th anniversary model, perfect for off-road adventures.

IF I HAD the money I’d buy…

A car with heritage and cult status. A car that everyone must drive and take on an adventure at least once in their life. A car that was built to create memories and stories and to be enjoyed for generations. I would by a Land Rover Defender.

Why a Land Rover Defender?

The Land Rover Defender is an iconic off-roader developed from the original series Land Rovers launched in 1948, which were themselves based on the Willys Jeep military vehicles. The Defender has been described as the greatest 4×4 ever built. It is rugged looking, has great road presence and is beloved by many the whole world over. Who wouldn’t want to own such a legendary piece of motoring history?

What’s special about this particular one?

Source: Glenn Cahill Cars

This particular model is the limited edition SVX which was built to commemorate Land Rover’s 60th anniversary. It is based on the ‘Ninety’ model (standing for 90-inch wheelbase) and only 1,800 SVX models were produced. As you can see, this is the two-seat soft-top version and it is the best way to enjoy the SVX. It has metallic black paint and satin black 60th anniversary decals on the doors and bonnet and it gets bespoke five-spoke alloy wheels and silver-coloured front grille.

The cabin features Recaro bucket seats, an alloy gear lever and a Garmin GPS sat nav system. It also has a gun box, the original Land Rover, and a standard fit roll-cage.

This model was well looked after by its one and only previous owner and comes with 48,205km on the clock.

What does it look like in action?

Watch this video to check it out on the road as well as some close-up shots of the exterior and interior details.

Source: Timberpants/YouTube

Who else drives one?

From pig-farmers to royalty, the Defender really is a car for everyone. Paul McCartney loved his Defender so much he wrote a song about it called Helen Wheels, which was his tongue-in-cheek nickname for his Defender (“Hell-on-Wheels”).

Defenders have had starring roles in the Bond movies Sky Fall and Spectre. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective drives a safari-spec Defender 90. Meanwhile out in the real world the Queen drives a Bronze Green Defender around her Sandringham estate; the Queen of America, Oprah Winfrey has a limited edition Defender; Sean Connery has one as does Richard Hammond and the late great Robin Williams used to drive around in a red Defender 90.

Source: Glenn Cahill Cars

It costs €34,950. What else could you get for the money?

If you have your heart set on a soft-top, for the same money you could have this new Fiat 124 Spider.

… or if you have your heart set on a Land Rover, you can have this 2014 Discovery.

About the author:

Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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