Land Rover has built more than two million Land Rover Series and Defender models at the Solihull plant since 1948. The Series I was the first model to begin production, with the Series II following in 1958. Changes included the addition of a new diesel engine. By 1971, Land Rover Defender production hit its all-time peak, at 56,000 cars, as the Series III model arrived. It wasn’t until 1990 that the name Defender was actually introduced, by which time Land Rover also sold the Range Rover and the Discovery.
The very first Series I Land Rover cost just £450 when it launched in 1948, and had a 1.6-liter inline-four engine good for just 50 hp. These days, the model has changed significantly; Land Rover says it takes an average of 56 man hours to build each Defender, with one rolling off the assembly line approximately every four minutes. By contrast, it takes Land Rover just 48 hours to build a Discovery Sport.