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    RE land rover defender demise

    Hi all,
    Is anyone sad about the end of production of the defender models in 2015?
    It is now the time to get your investments out of the pop rivet producing companies.

    Shame it was not to be continued in production in India perfect for their roads and infrastructure I would have thought, I was in the plant there in Pune earlier this year and they were only producing the up market LR models.
    There wasa similar anouncement about the jeep cherokee in the USA in the 90s and the outcry made them cancel the planned closure.

    Maybe my lightweight that mothballed will go up a bit in value.
    Martin

  2. #2
    all to do with the EU safety nuts as usual.

  3. #3
    That and their ****.
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    Land Rover Defender, the Land Rover is to become no more a little over two years from now. There is, for the first time since 1948 Ė 1948! Ė a limited amount of time to engage with the almost limitless choices of sizes, styles and accessories and (somewhat more limited) choice of colours that Land Rover offers new buyers of the worldís oldest vehicle.

    Yup, best to call it a "vehicle" as its not strictly, depending on specification, legally a car. Many variants are commercial vehicles. So while it is a rural runaround, it's also a bus, or a pick-up a bus-up-around. You choose, but choose carefully, as Land Rovers go on for ever Ė it is said three out of every four ever built are still on the road, somewhere in the world. Which of course means there are something like 1.5million previously loved examples out there in various states of vintage and decay. And if you are of a hipster persuasion then one of these is what you crave, its hard-earned patina and sun-flattened matte paintwork the perfect complement to the bare brick walls of your authentic loft.

    And its very tempting, so long as you search first for a local mechanic to keep your old warhorse on the road for you. Then again, with an eventual lifespan of 67 years when production ends in late 2015, if you buy one new, it might still be around for your grandchildren, provided of course theyíll still be able to buy diesel in 2082.

    A new Land Rover is a very different proposition from a vintage one, but donít get me wrong, itís a very different proposition also from anything else you can buy today. Land Rover never really evolved the Defender, not say in the way Mercedes has with the much younger G-Wagen. The latest cars have electric windows, air conditioning, a properly pokey sound system and seats that adjust more than an inch or two, but thatís it; a fistful of different keys still indicates this car is old enough to draw a pension.

    So do you want one? At just over £24,000 for a three-door, Defender 90 Station Wagon of course you do. You donít need one, it will not be your regular transport and while you would never want to contemplate travelling more than 50 miles or so in it without a break, it is unquestionably a luxury youíll kick yourself for missing. Why? Because like much contemporary luxury it shifts your reality, your perspective and makes you jump the tracks.

    Itís a little tricky to drive at first but you soon learn. All you really need to do is slow down Ė and since when has that been a bad idea. You see more, take in more and do more. In one glorious week in the summer with a Land Rover I made more progress with the restoration of my early Georgian house than Iíve done all year. Moving a ton-and-a-half of rock out of my back garden might not seem like luxury to you, but the way I felt after it was done most certainly did.

    And thatís the point of the Land Rover. Philosophically a pure utility vehicle, it is an enabler, the original lifestyle vehicle. It wonít be the only car in your garage, but it will be the one through which you will experience the most. It will enrich your life, your friends or your family. And all this in one of the most perfect pieces of industrial design the world has yet seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RED-DOT View Post
    Land Rover Defender, the Land Rover is to become no more a little over two years from now. There is, for the first time since 1948 Ė 1948! Ė a limited amount of time to engage with the almost limitless choices of sizes, styles and accessories and (somewhat more limited) choice of colours that Land Rover offers new buyers of the worldís oldest vehicle.

    Yup, best to call it a "vehicle" as its not strictly, depending on specification, legally a car. Many variants are commercial vehicles. So while it is a rural runaround, it's also a bus, or a pick-up a bus-up-around. You choose, but choose carefully, as Land Rovers go on for ever Ė it is said three out of every four ever built are still on the road, somewhere in the world. Which of course means there are something like 1.5million previously loved examples out there in various states of vintage and decay. And if you are of a hipster persuasion then one of these is what you crave, its hard-earned patina and sun-flattened matte paintwork the perfect complement to the bare brick walls of your authentic loft.

    And its very tempting, so long as you search first for a local mechanic to keep your old warhorse on the road for you. Then again, with an eventual lifespan of 67 years when production ends in late 2015, if you buy one new, it might still be around for your grandchildren, provided of course theyíll still be able to buy diesel in 2082.

    A new Land Rover is a very different proposition from a vintage one, but donít get me wrong, itís a very different proposition also from anything else you can buy today. Land Rover never really evolved the Defender, not say in the way Mercedes has with the much younger G-Wagen. The latest cars have electric windows, air conditioning, a properly pokey sound system and seats that adjust more than an inch or two, but thatís it; a fistful of different keys still indicates this car is old enough to draw a pension.

    So do you want one? At just over £24,000 for a three-door, Defender 90 Station Wagon of course you do. You donít need one, it will not be your regular transport and while you would never want to contemplate travelling more than 50 miles or so in it without a break, it is unquestionably a luxury youíll kick yourself for missing. Why? Because like much contemporary luxury it shifts your reality, your perspective and makes you jump the tracks.

    Itís a little tricky to drive at first but you soon learn. All you really need to do is slow down Ė and since when has that been a bad idea. You see more, take in more and do more. In one glorious week in the summer with a Land Rover I made more progress with the restoration of my early Georgian house than Iíve done all year. Moving a ton-and-a-half of rock out of my back garden might not seem like luxury to you, but the way I felt after it was done most certainly did.

    And thatís the point of the Land Rover. Philosophically a pure utility vehicle, it is an enabler, the original lifestyle vehicle. It wonít be the only car in your garage, but it will be the one through which you will experience the most. It will enrich your life, your friends or your family. And all this in one of the most perfect pieces of industrial design the world has yet seen.
    *
    What a good read!..... waxing lyrically over the, will it get me there in time to get me up there?!... I will treasure the T shirt. Sadly will never have another.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Well said Red Dot. I have owned numerous landies in the past and own an ancient yet still very useful disco today. I am sad about this news.
    To all those that bang on about reliability I have a great deal to thank the 'unreliable landy' as it was through tinkering with a humble landy as a youth that I learned the basics of my trade and got me into mechanics and welding etc. I expect that I am not the only one in this position.

  7. #7
    Well. The announcement will certainly drive sales. There is a guy in the City that sells early (60's??) Land Rovers in all different configurations. He probably has 20 of them. I'm sure his prices will go up!~Muir

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    Being 6'4" tall I'll not miss the hateful uncomfortable things !
    Right where's those stones , I'll start !

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    most memorable drive to go shooting was in a landrover in the snow, from hants to north Devon, by the time we got there we were deaf and frozen, the day was spoilt by the thought of having to go home in the same vehicle.

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    Having driven quite a few of them over the last 30 odd years with work, it's not a vehicle that I would ever wish to drive or travel in ever again.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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