I was a little torn as to where I should park the Land Rover Defender – in the Classic Garage or in the Dream Garage. I opted for the Classic Garage for 2 reasons: 1) They don’t sell them in the United States anymore and 2) the more vintage Defenders are cooler.
The Defender is well known around the world as indestructible and uncomfortable. It has many uses, such as for agriculture, industry and military.
For those not familiar with the development of the name, the term “Defender” wasn’t used until much later in the truck’s history (according to Wikipedia):
The Defender name was not adopted until 1990 as a measure to distinguish the utility Land Rover model from the Discovery and Range Rover. Between 1983 and 1990 the coil-sprung utility Land Rovers were officially known as the Land Rover Ninety or One Ten, with the number spelled out in full in advertising and in handbooks and manuals. These vehicles also carried badges above the radiator grille which read Land Rover 90 or Land Rover 110, with the number rendered numerically. From late 1989, following the introduction of the Discovery, the front badge simply said 90 or 110. From 1991, when the Defender name was adopted the vehicles became the Defender 90 or the Defender 110. These carry front badges that say Defender, with a badge on the rear of the vehicle saying Defender 90 or Defender 110. The current model, from 2007, still has the space above the radiator for the badge, but is simply blank. These have Land Rover spelt out across the leading edge of the bonnet in raised individual letters. At the rear is a new Defender badge with a underlining ‘swoosh’. On these current models there are no badges defining the wheelbase model of the vehicle.
Unfortunately, (as stated previously) the car is no longer sold in the United States but is still available in Europe and other countries due to strict airbag requirements in North America.
But we can still dream.
For more information about the Land Rover Defender and its history, you can check it out on the official Land Rover website.
You can also check out this great video from Fifth Gear: