Whilst not immune to a bit of Bike Love this is the first time I have really had Car lust …. The HUE model Heritage Landrover
The original Land Rover isn’t so much a car, it’s an institution. As comfortable off roads as it isn’t on them, it’s a beast of burden, a benchmark, and an enduring symbol of unyielding Britishness. But production, after 67 years, will end in December 2015. Sort of.
We’ll get to that later, but to acknowledge the car’s passing LR’s put together three special editions as the Solihull factory prepares to wind down. There’s a £61,845 (no, really) Autobiography edition, which has inharmonious luxuries like a full leather interior and electric everything, the extremely orange Adventure Edition (£43,495), which has extra underbody protection and chunky Goodyear MT/R tyres, and finally the car pictured.
Unlike the other preened, moisturised or otherwise too orange run-out specials, this Heritage Edition model tips its cap to the very first Land Rover. Like the first car, it has “Grasmere Green” paintwork, a contrasting white roof, anti-bling body-coloured steel wheels, a heritage grille and special graphics acknowledge the HUE 166 number plate.
Only 400 will be available to buy in the UK from August 2015, they’ll cost from £27,800 and they’ll be available in 90 or 110-inch wheelbases. They’re also be the last chance you’ll get to buy a brand new Defender, as well as what’s probably the company’s most stylish variant of it ever built.
Well, almost. Land Rover’s admitted that it may maintain production at a facility outside the EU, though suggests the vehicles produced won’t come to the UK officially. Our advice? Buy one now, while they’re still a very British institution.