Goodbye Mr. Defender: Overfinch takes notice of the 40th Anniversary Edition [gallery] image

This is the end of a lifetime of iconic adventures for the Land Rover Defender and everyone would love to live their mark on the model that amazed and dared since way back in 1948.

Following a continued and very successful run of 67 years, Land Rover announced from way back in 2013 this month would be the last to have the Defender in its actual form on the production line – though the rumor mill puts the series end only in February 2016. While it’s still fresh off the production line, Overfinch has decided to sign with its own name the Land Rover Defender and has introduced its own special series 40th Anniversary Edition. The British tuner has decided to celebrate the iconic model’s heritage by way of delivering the limited-run two-door Defender 90 equipped with the 2.2-liter diesel engine.

The special series has numerous design tweaks, from 18-inch diamond-Apollo wheels to an electrically-operated tow bar. For added exclusivity, the fuel filler cap and door handles have been exchanged with ones machined from aluminum billet. We also noticed the integrated LED daytime running lights and the bespoke Overfinch front grille, while the step plates and door sill protectors have the shade of the body and the rear features the bumper modified to serve as a step. For the extra incentive touch, Overfinch has placed its own lettering in polished black chrome on the bonnet.

Inside the cabin the Defender 40th Anniversary Edition has been clad in Bridge of Wier leather upholstery – on the Recaro seats, the dashboard and the headliner. We also saw the aluminum switchgear and pedals, the unique matting in the load bay or the deep pile carpets. Infotainment wise, there’s on point an Alpine with GPS navigation and a high-fidelity audio system with a load bay subwoofer. Just five Defenders will be delivered to eager clients that will pass on to the tuner 70,000 British pounds (about $104,600 / €99,000).