This is definitely our #sellerstory of the month and one of our favourites – being from Solihull and having a soft spot for Land Rover!
Roger used to work as an engineer for Land Rover and had the Defender as a company car – brand new in 2015 (great pick!)
He left Land Rover as an engineer and became an Experience driver for them on the Jungle Track!
Now, a few years later, Roger wanted to sell his Defender and it is actually the only car we have ever bought that has gone up in value since he purchased it.
Aside from the fact it only had 15000 miles on it as a 15 plate, we don’t need to tell you that the Defender was considered the best off roader ever built – hence being used in the military. Land Rover have stopped making Defender’s now too so they are worth a lot more money than they used to be as they are verging on being a classic car.
Here’s Roger’s review of selling his car to us:
“Very friendly team. Good price paid for my vehicle with very quick transfer of money directly to my bank account. Overall a very good experience without the usual trader hassle.
Would use them again.”
Here are some fun facts that not many people know about the Defender:
1. The original Series I Land Rover cost £450 in 1948… we wish cars came at the price nowadays!
2. Since 1948, a total of 2,016,933 Series Land Rovers and Defenders have been built on the production line at the company’s Solihull factory (not too far from Sell Your Car 2 Jack HQ on Hampton Lane!)
3. Each Defender took 56 man hours to build, compared to the 48 hours it takes to build a Land Rover Discovery Sport.
4. The Defender name has only existed since 1990
5. It’s Her Majesty The Queen’s vehicle of choice when she’s not travelling around in a limo
6. Other previous famous owners of Series Land Rovers and Defenders include Sir Winston Churchill and actor Steve McQueen.
7. All Defenders are made with aluminium skins, thanks to post-WWII steel supply shortages
8. Before production ended on Friday 29 January 2016, a new Defender rolled off the production line every four minutes.
9. Over 10,000 Land Rover owners and visitors from all over the world have visited the Defender Celebration Line, which recreates the original 1948 production line, in the 12 months since it opened.
10. Each Defender is comprised of over 7,000 individual parts.
11. Workers on the Land Rover production line have their own nicknames for parts of the vehicle: for example, the door hinges are known as ‘pigs ears’ and the dashboard is the ‘lamb’s chops’.
12. Despite the end of Defender production, the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull still produces the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Discovery, Jaguar XE and Jaguar F-PACE models.
13. Last but by no means least, as it’s probably a fact that isn’t well known at all… the Defender is one of Jack’s favourite cars!! Although he’s never actually owned one, he has driven several.
So there you have it, a great story about one of our customers who sold his Defender to us and some fun facts about the car itself.
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