MOTORING: Final three ‘Landys’ set to become classics

Pictured from left, 2015 Land Rover Defender Autobiography, Heritage and Adventure Editions. Photo: PA

Pictured from left, 2015 Land Rover Defender Autobiography, Heritage and Adventure Editions. Photo: PA

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Land Rover has begun plucking at the heartstrings of Defender fans all over the world by unveiling three special end-of-the-line models at the Geneva Motor Show.

This year is the venerable Defender’s final year in production before emissions rules force its demise. To celebrate, Land Rover has created Heritage, Adventure and Autobiography editions that will be virtually guaranteed future classic status.

All three are powered by the familiar 2.2-litre diesel engine, which some people joke is almost as old as the Defender’s iconic design, with derivatives of it having seen service in numerous models from several manufacturers over the years.

The Heritage Edition harks back to early Land Rovers with Grasmere Green paint and a white roof. ‘HUE 166’ graphics recall the registration number of the very first pre-production Land Rover that now resides in the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon. Only 400 will be sold in the UK, priced from £27,800.

A total of 600 Adventure Edition models will be built for the UK. Built to go anywhere and do anything, it wears off-road tyres and extra under-body protection. Inside, things are not so rugged thanks to leather upholstery, and all chassis lengths will share the same price of £43,495.

Big spenders might want to look at the Autobiography Edition, which blends additional performance and luxury with a two-tone paint job. Full ‘Windsor’ leather upholstery, a power upgrade from 120bhp to 148bhp and a healthy shot of exclusivity are on its side: just 80 will see daylight in the UK, and only as a 90 Station Wagon. The price? An eye-watering £61,845.