As production of the Land Rover Defender finally draws to a close, special limited-edition models have been created to tie in with the year-long celebrations around this iconic four-wheel drive.

Only 215 of these special models will be sold in South Africa. Two variants will be made available: the Defender Heritage Edition and the Defender Adventure Edition. The Heritage Edition is inspired by early Land Rover models – heritage touches include a classic design grille and HUE 166 graphics, recalling the registration plate of the first ever pre-production Land Rover (nicknamed ‘Huey’). South Africa will get 130 Heritage Edition Defenders in the 110 Station Wagon body style, and 50 in the 90 Station Wagon body style.

The Adventure Edition comes fitted with additional under-body protection and Goodyear MT/R tyres to boost the Defender’s already class-leading all-terrain capabilities. Unique decals and a leather-trimmed cabin ensure the Adventure Edition stands out from the Defender crowd. Of the Adventure Edition Defenders allocated to South Africa, 15 will be in the 90 Station Wagon body style, while 20 will be in the 110 Station Wagon body style.

Celebrations include this year’s Landy Festival in Gauteng, where fans will gather to share their Defender stories, and also see off Kingsley Holgate as he embarks on another epic adventure into Africa.