The Land Rover Defender—Legendary Performance, Capability, and Heritage

The current Land Rover lineup is full of handsome and capable luxury off-roaders, but how many of our Orange County area customers can name one of the most iconic Land Rover models? The Land Rover Defender has been an adventure icon for 68 years, and though it has ceased production, you can still drive one at a Land Rover experience center, and if you’re lucky, you could even find one pre-owned but restored to its original glory.



Humble Beginnings

The Land Rover Defender didn’t even become the defender until late 1990, and that’s only because in 1989, the Land Rover Discovery burst onto the scene.

The Land Rover Defender tried to climb the market while remaining strong and capable during the 1990s, turning out special editions and a roll-over protection cage, and by 1998, an automatic transmission and a 4.0-liter V8 engine. Of course, there were differences between the editions that went to the United States and Canada, which in 1994 and 1995 ushered in a soft-top version meant to go head to head with the Jeep Wranger.

Military Career

Many militaries worldwide have utilized the rugged capability of the Land Rover Defender, including the U.S. In addition to military service, the British police have employed Land Rovers, the Defender included, for many years.

With a lineage of military and police service, the Land Rover Defender enjoys a storied history of accomplishment and service, dutiful, capable, rugged, and still quite handsome—a lot like today’s 2017 Land Rover Discovery or Range Rover Sport. While you can’t find a new Defender in showrooms these days, you can still get that legendary Land Rover pedigree in the current Land Rover lineup, so if you’ve got adventure on the mind, get behind the wheel of a new Land Rover SUV today.

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