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Land Rover Launches Special 65th Anniversary Defender

But how close is it to the original Land Rover?

Given today marks the 65th anniversary of the launch of the original Land Rover, it’s not too surprising to hear that Land Rover has concocted a celebratory special-edition Defender – arguably the lone Land Rover model that stays true to the original model.

Dubbed the Defender LXV – or, for those who don’t read Roman numerals, 65 – the special edition model is built upon a Defender 90 hard top. Only 65 examples will be manufactured, each painted Santorini Black with roof, grille, headlamp surrounds, and fascias painted in contrasting Corris Grey. Unique exterior badging includes LXV logos and, at the rear of the vehicle, a small Union Jack flag. 16-inch Sawtooth-pattern aluminum wheels are standard, replacing the typical five-spoke aluminum wheels.

Inside, the Defender LXV gains leather bucket seats with embossed headrests and orange contrast stitching. Matching contrast stitching is also used to accent the center console, steering wheel, and floormats.

How close is today’s Defender to the original Series I from six decades ago? We’ve rounded up the specifications of the original 1948 Land Rover Series I 80” model and today’s Defender LXV. As you can see, the four-wheel-drive apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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  • Overall length:
  • 132 inches
  • 159 inches
  • Wheelbase
  • 80 inches
  • 90 inches
  • Width
  • 60.5 inches
  • 70 inches
  • Track
  • 50 inches
  • 58.5 inches
  • Height:
  • 72 inches
  • 86 inches
  • Ground clearance:
  • 8.5 inches
  • 9.8 inches
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  • Body
  • Aluminum panels, canvas roof
  • Aluminum panels
  • Frame:
  • Steel, box ladder frame
  • Steel, box ladder frame
  • Suspension, F
  • Live axle; semi-eliptical leaf springs
  • Live axle, coil springs
  • Suspension, R
  • Live axle, semi-eliptical leaf springs
  • Live axle, coil springs
  • Brakes
  • 10-inch hydraulic drums, all wheels
  • Power disc brakes, all wheels
  • Seating:
  • Three
  • Two
  • Weight:
  • 2398 pounds
  • 3904 pounds
  • Max payload
  • 1000 pounds
  • 1618 pounds
  • Wheels
  • 16-inch steel
  • 16-inch aluminum alloy
  • Tires
  • 6.00-16 or 7.00-16.
  • LT 235/85R16
  • Turning radius
  • 35 feet
  • 43.8 feet
  • Fuel tank capacity
  • 10 gallons
  • 15.9 gallons
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  • Engine
  • 1.6-liter OHV I-4
  • 2.2-liter turbo-diesel I-4
  • Power
  • 50 hp @ 4000 rpm
  • 90 kW @ 3500 rpm
  • Torque
  • 80 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
  • 360 Nm @ 2000 rpm
  • Drive
  • Four-wheel, two-speed transfer case
  • Four wheel, two-speed transfer case
  • Transmission
  • Four-speed manual
  • Six-speed manual
  • Top speed
  • 57 mph
  • 90 mph
  • 0-60
  • n/a (0-40: 18 seconds)
  • 14.7 seconds

Land Rover says it will build only 65 examples of the Defender LXV, each starting at £28,765 – roughly £4500 more than a standard Defender 90 hardtop. Much like the entire Defender range, none of these special-edition models will be sold in North America.

Source: Land Rover

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