Defender Number 2,000,000 Fetches $600k at Auction
Land Rover auctioned off the 2,000,000th Defender tonight at a charity auction in London. Surrounded by celebrities and dignitaries, the sale drew a £400,000 (~$600,000) bid from a buyer from Qatar.
The white Defender was actually built by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) teamin May of 2015 specifically for the purpose of the auction. The one-of-a-kind vehicle features graphics depicting Red Wharf Bay, the beach where Maurice Wilks first scratched the iconic shape in the sand, as well as a plaque signifying its two-millionth production status.
Auctioned by Bonhams, the proceeds from the sale were split between two charitable organizations, the British Red Cross and the Born Free Foundation.
The auction was the climax of an evening that celebrated the Series I through Defender lineage and included other displays and auction items.