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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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