The Defender is a British-built four-wheel-drive utility and off-road vehicle. Descended from a long line of utility vehicles dating back to 1948, the Defender series was produced from 1983 to 2015. Land Rover has since announced that production of this model will cease in December 2015.
The Land Rover has a long history of use in agricultural, military, mountain rescue and other rugged terrain applications. Although never a performance-oriented vehicle, the Land Rover is an iconic class of vehicle made famous for its trade off of luxury and speed against its go-anywhere capabilities across difficult land.
The example featured here is a limited edition model to mark Land Rover’s 50th anniversary. Powered by a four liter V8 engine, this edition boasts an automatic transmission, a first for Land Rover outside of the American market. Air conditioning and a roll-cage are also standard. Only 1,071 examples were ever built, of which 385 were for the UK market, the remainder for Europe, Japan and the Middle East.
This 1998 Land Rover Defender 50 is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as part of a collection.