A unique Land Rover Defender transformed to serve Taxi duties has been found on the streets of London as a promotional stunt – it was included in a commemorative film that will celebrate the model’s production run of 2 million units.
Land Rover has achieved this milestone over decades of manufacture, but has decided to make the Defender Cab a special model when it’s only a standard Hard Top Defender painted black and with the yellow taxi sign slapped on the roof. The idea was also to promote the approaching December 16 auction where the 2,000,000th vehicle will be offered to the highest bidder. Fortunately it’s for a good cause, as the money will be directed towards the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Born Free Foundation. The celebration model has been on display at Bonhams and will remain there while it’s waiting for the hammer to fall.
There’s also footage of some pretty interesting Defender models, including a Series II Land Rover ice cream van, a unique Paul Smith Defender, and the first Series Land Rover showcar. That one has been introduced in front of the audience back in 1948 during the Amsterdam Motor Show. We already know the company will cease the current Defender’s production run next month and we’re in for a long wait as the planned successor will not be here before 2018.