Land Rover Defender Autobiography Edition released for 67th Anniversary.
In a year of celebration to mark 67 years of the Defender, recognised with a huge artwork gouged into the sands for Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey, Land Rover has launched three special edition models. The practical and adaptable platform has always lent itself well to being upgraded and personalised, so the question is who would pay £61,500 for one of the Defender Autobiography Editions?
Not doubting it is everything you want from a high spec Defender, with some really nice touches in leather and aluminium, but who is it for? Well moneyed collectors wanting a vehicle to put aside, or the odd incredibly wealthy person to occasionally use to define their identity? The latter might be a shame in a way as this capable vehicle might never leave the muse lined London streets the press shot is pictured it in. Would anyone actually buy one of these to drive every day, as plenty of these icons still are?
The point being; accepting the strength of the Land Rover brand is legendary, this sort of money would buy a fine example of any of the rest of the range, all probably better driving just without the rough appeal. If it’s a Defender you want, and who doesn’t, for an equal amount of money you could specify your own of the same spec, if not better, with the emphasis where you want it, either on road manners or off-road capability. You have lots of choices from the bespoke vehicle houses, Brittle, Urban Truck, Nene or Khan Design (if you like that sort of thing) to name but a few. Even Khan’s Chelsea Wide Track, which blatantly defines who it is for, is £15,000 less, quite a lot of change if you don’t mind the badges or lack of the special edition plate.