Landrover Defender - the all-terrain vehicle
The Land Rover Defender is a four wheel drive off-road utility vehicle. The Defender is the result of continued development of the original Land Rover Series I launched in 1948. It uses the basic yet robust underpinnings of a ladder frame chassis with aluminium body and is available in a variety of body types from the manufacturer, plus many more specialist versions such as fire engines.
While perhaps best associated with expeditions, Defenders are also used in agriculture, industry and the military. In recent years the model has been increasingly utilised as a private car.
The Defender name was not adopted until 1990 as a measure to distinguish the utility Land Rover model from the Discovery and Range Rover.
Between 1983 and 1990 the utility Land Rovers were officially known as the Land Rover Ninety or One Ten, with the number spelled out in full in advertising, handbooks and manuals. These vehicles also carried badges above the radiator grille which read Land Rover 90 or Land Rover 110, with the number rendered numerically. From late 1989, following the introduction of the Discovery, the front badge simply said 90 or 110.
From 1991, when the Defender name was adopted the vehicles became the Defender 90 and the Defender 110. These carry front badges for Defender and a badge on the rear of the vehicle displaying Defender 90 or Defender 110.
The Defender model from 2007 still has the space above the radiator for the badge, but this is simply blank. These modeld have Land Rover spelt out across the leading edge of the bonnet in raised individual letters. At the rear is a new Defender badge. On these models there are no badges defining the wheelbase model of the vehicle.