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Land Rover Defender production ends after 68 years

The final Land Rover Defender left the JLR plant in Solihull on the 29th January

The last ever classic Land Rover Defender has left the production line in Birmingham.

It’s the end of an era for factory workers in Solihull, marking the last of the vehicles in production for 67 years.

The iconic British 4×4 has been popular from farmers to members of the royal family, as well as celebs like Beatles singer Paul McCartney.

Since 1948, it has sold more than 2 million units.

But now Indian owners Tata want to upgrade the Defender model.

The company took over Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008, while both were making losses, and has already made changes to the upmarket Range Rover line.

At the moment the Defender is mostly built by hand, taking 56 hours. This makes it more expensive than other vehicles which rely more on machines for manufacture.

It was first built after WWII, with rationing still in place. Steel was scarce so lightweight aluminium was used for the body instead.

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Last weekend I visited the Classic and Sports Car Show held at Alexandra Palace in North London. It was quite an intimate show, with an emphasis on the best of British, and had some quite stunning examples of classic cars. The show was mostly made up of dealer stands rather than collectors exhibits, so it was interesting to see the kinds of prices that such vehicles are fetching now.

My personal classic car favourite is the Jaguar E-Type and there were lots of beautiful examples there including the original vehicle used at the model’s Geneva launch! Also, seeing an old Alfa Romeo Montreal bought a smile to my face as my father had one locked away in a garage for years when I was a child. It was his pride and joy for a long time and we still have pictures of it in the office today!

If you are a classic car collector or have a developing interest, GT [...]

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