The Land Rover Defender is about as iconic as they come, getting its start some 68 years ago and remaining relatively unchanged despite the six decades that’s past. However, nothing lasts forever and the classic Defender is on its way out, soon to be replaced by a more modern vehicle that will hopefully be available worldwide thanks to updated emissions and safety standards. To commemorate the Defender’s ride into the sunset, Land Rover has commissioned three special edition models in a “Celebration Series.” The trio includes a Heritage Edition painted in the classic soft green, a top-of-the-line Autobiography Edition, and this – the off-road ready Adventure Edition.
The Adventure Edition package includes some specific upgrades that make tackling an African safari trip or mountain expedition that much easier. Most noticeable are the knobby Goodyear MT/R tires and swanky alloy wheels. The large front skid plate and side rocker panel guards also top the list. Topping the Defender itself is a full size roof rack and engine snorkel. Add to that the special Phoenix Orange paint color accented by the black hood and grille to call attention to itself, and the Adventure Edition Defender makes for an appropriate send-off.
To help commemorate the current Defender, Land Rover went back to the Defender’s roots – tracing back to Red Wharf Bay where the rugged SUV was dreamt up. A plan was brewed to trace a Defender’s silhouette in the sand before the tide erased it forever. However, the tracing was no stick drawing, but an outline that stretched a kilometer across. Check the video below the jump.
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