Land Rover will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary with a completely new, one-of-a-kind Defender dubbed the SVX. The world’s first SVX has been donated to the British Red Cross for public sale on the Internet by Land Rover UK.
“Land Rover and the British Red Cross have been affiliated since 1954 when Land Rover donated a car to the British Red Cross to be used as a mobile pharmacy in Dubai,” said director of the British Red Cross Ball James Johnstone. “We appreciate Land Rover’s continued support of our vital humanitarian activities. The proceeds from the car’s auction will benefit the Red Cross’s work in the UK and internationally, including flood assistance in the UK, the Darfur Crisis, and ongoing HIV work in Africa this year.”
While the majority of the 25,000 Defenders produced each year are used by everyone from farmers and foresters to natural resource agencies, the SVX is Land Rover’s most stylish and feature-packed model to date.
Special Edition Features
The Land Rover Defender SVX is available in ninety soft-pinnacle and ninety station wagon variants, with metal black paintwork and diffused satin black picture decals. The distinctive ‘Defender’ and ‘SVX’ emblems, tubular side-steps, and the ambitious surround for the front grille and new, clean-lens headlights are all finished in a contrasting silver finish. New ‘ diamond-shaped five-spoke alloy wheels, a reinforced aluminum front under the shield, and crisp LED rear lights will be standard on all vehicles.
Custom-designed Recaro front seats, one-of-a-kind alloy gear knobs, a whole new audio system (with subwoofer and USB connection), iPod cradle, and Garmin satellite tv for pc navigation are all included to bring the SVX interiors up to date. With a metal silver tubular cage that supports a tailor-made, removable black material hood, the soft-pinnacle styles are particularly eye-catching. This encloses a flat cargo space as well as a spare wheel placed behind the front seats, harkening back to the earliest open-pinnacle Land Rovers. Each SVX edition sold in the United Kingdom will also have a numbered plaque, such as 001, in my view.
“The Defender SVX looks to be quite distinctive to a spartan 1948 Land Rover, but it is still an essentially practical car with a mission to let you to go virtually anyplace,” explains Land Rover managing director Phil Popham. “The new and much more quiet diesel engine introduced earlier this year has been a huge success with customers, and for those who want the last Defender, we thought the SVX unique edition would be a fantastic way to commemorate Land Rover’s sixtieth birthday.”
A total of 200 SVX cars will be produced in the UK, including 144 two-seat Defender 90 soft-tops and 60 four-seat Defender 90 station wagons. The Land Rover Defender SVX will go into production in spring 2008, with delivery to customers starting in the early summer season for soft-tops and later in the summer season for station wagons. Prices may be announced at a later date during the year.