Initially referred to as the Land Rover One Ten and the Land Rover Ninety, the Land Rover Defender is an off-road, four-wheel-drive vehicle first introduced in 1983. It is part of the original Land Rover Series and utilized numbers in its name to represent wheelbase measurements. Apart from being in production for such a long time, the Defender also holds quite a reputation for being easy to handle and easy to repair when damaged.
The biggest change to the lineup came at the end of 1990 when the Defender was named as such, dropping the One Ten and Ninety. A new turbodiesel engine was developed and this allowed the defender to tow heavy loads without compromising speed even on steep inclines and comfortably cruise at high speeds all while still offering fuel economy.
To tap into other markets, limited edition Defenders were produced, like the SV90 in 1992 and the 50th Anniversary 90 released in 1998, as well as special versions made according to the buyer’s specifications, such as the Land Rover Perentie, a special Land Rover Defender the Australian Army ordered in the 1980s. To keep up with demands, 2012 models were upgraded with new engines and the soft-top style for the body was reintroduced.