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Old January 25th, 2016, 07:34 PM
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probably scrap...

Nope. Ron already arranged purchase with JLR. they'll be stored in his 2nd bedroom and kitchen for no particular reason.

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The front of the building will probably remain. It's been restored and has an amazing oak turnstile door. Kings, Queens, and heads of state have passed through that door over 75+ years, so it's of historical value.

Once again, wrong. Gerry McGovern plans to have that door disassembled and converted into a 20 seat dining table for his country manor, which he plans to use as a centerpiece reception for a formal gala celebrating his new role as Chief of Compliance at Volkswagen.

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Old January 25th, 2016, 08:12 PM
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Hope springs eternal!
Rumours from last year....

Land Rover Defender could stay in production 'overseas' | Autocar

Defender Production Could Move To India | LRO.com UK
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Could make economic sense like with VW beetle in Mexico and the VW Type 2 Kombi (microbus) in Brazil.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 09:58 PM
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Jeez, thanks so much for sharing the drop box photos. They were just great. I felt as though I had been there.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 10:28 PM
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Jeez, thanks so much for sharing the drop box photos. They were just great. I felt as though I had been there.
If you think the photos were like being there, then you'll love this:

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Old January 25th, 2016, 10:48 PM
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It's just so incredibly sad seeing the empty line behind the last ever "real" Land Rover. It reminds me of watching the last F-22 Raptor move down the production line with the assembly positions shutting down in its wake.

I've been in love with these vehicles since around 1962 when I first saw a 109 Station Wagon in Clayton, Georgia after a day spent exploring dirt roads in the family Ford station wagon. As an eleven year old kid I thought the Land Rover was the coolest car I'd ever seen - the funny thing about these little beasts is that I still feel that way over fifty years later.

My wife and I got the chance to tour the assembly line on our honeymoon in 1984 - it was one of the highlights of our three month trip around Europe. The last of the 109's were still rolling off the line and the new 110's were in production. We got a ride around the test track in a new 110 wagon and got to walk along the line as the Land Rovers were bolted together. This Friday will be a sad day at our house as we mark the close of a production line that has provided at least ten contributions to my driveway as well as countless hours of pleasure.

A real piece of history is closing down and the world will be poorer for it. Just reflect on how many dreams of adventure have been inspired by this little vehicle that comes from a small plant in Solihull.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 10:55 PM
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If you think the photos were like being there, then you'll love this:

Excellent. Thanks so much.

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It's just so incredibly sad seeing the empty line behind the last ever "real" Land Rover. It reminds me of watching the last F-22 Raptor move down the production line with the assembly positions shutting down in its wake.

I've been in love with these vehicles since around 1962 when I first saw a 109 Station Wagon in Clayton, Georgia after a day spent exploring dirt roads in the family Ford station wagon. As an eleven year old kid I thought the Land Rover was the coolest car I'd ever seen - the funny thing about these little beasts is that I still feel that way over fifty years later.

My wife and I got the chance to tour the assembly line on our honeymoon in 1984 - it was one of the highlights of our three month trip around Europe. The last of the 109's were still rolling off the line and the new 110's were in production. We got a ride around the test track in a new 110 wagon and got to walk along the line as the Land Rovers were bolted together. This Friday will be a sad day at our house as we mark the close of a production line that has provided at least ten contributions to my driveway as well as countless hours of pleasure.

A real piece of history is closing down and the world will be poorer for it. Just reflect on how many dreams of adventure have been inspired by this little vehicle that comes from a small plant in Solihull.
Well said, gosh these things are addictive. Has anyone found a treatment for a LR obsession?
Or do you just let it happen? Jack I see the 109 on your handle and thought you might like to see my first LR "66 109. As a fire tender, it had 12,000 miles in 2003. Returned it to its original pastel green and changed the bonnet a few years later.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 11:18 PM
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Your 109 is a lot prettier than mine - I bought my 1966 diesel wagon in 1978 but its due for a ground up restoration.

Eventually it will look as nice as yours but its third in line on the restoration list after my Porsche 356 and the 1967 88" that I originally bought in 1973. I bought my first Land Rover in 1972 - it was a 1961 Series II with a rusty frame. Since that first one I've owned at least ten Series trucks, 5 Range Rovers, 2 Discoverys and a Defender.






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Seeing an image of a solitary body already partially built with nothing behind it... if my math is correct, wouldn't Wednesday/Thursday be the last day of production? I thought it took three days to build a Defender.

Regardless, my family will be raising a toast on Friday as well. It sounds as though many of us share the same life story: my first Land Rover, a '68 88" IIA being rusty as well (after it split in half on the lift at Rovers North in 1991/1992, it was then discovered that the seller had bondo'd the chassis). I was age 16. What did I know?? It looked shiny to me! (this is when I learned how valuable a probe tool (anything pointy and solid - even a hardwood stick!) is when looking at a used car).

Sold it to Chris Stark for $600.00 - exactly the cost of a new set of Mud Terrains for my next, a 1970 IIA 88". That was my daily driver for the next 7 years, which was sold to finance a 7,500 original mile military '68 109". 5 Defenders, 3 Discovery Is, a 2-door Range Rover and several Series later... any aspirations of buying a new one ended some time around late June.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 06:46 AM
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OK. I'm over my pity party.

I'm fortunate to have all of the memories I do - and bonding moments that have come with countless friends and families over the years because of one simple design. No other car has given me more satisfaction, enjoyment, or sense of accomplishment. Whether it's from traversing a seemingly impossible path or fixing a seemingly impossible repair myself, my Land Rovers take the cake. Here are a few quick tales that come to mind:

That 1970 88" that was my daily driver for 7 years never once failed to start (including in the coldest weather I've experienced to date: -24 degrees F), never once failed to get me where I was going (including through snow storms that left accumulated snow on my eyebrows from the gap between the windscreen and canvas), and never once failed to bring a smile to me. I can't say the same about other manufacturers that came into my ownership...

I regularly took 11 people out to Smith's Point on Nantucket in that 88" - we'd still manage to find space for the requisite pallet for the bonfire. Sunsets, beer, and yes, bikinis. Teenage wasteland.

I regularly took 9 people to concerts in my NAS110. More beer. Fewer bikinis. Middle-aged wasteland.

My mother calls me every time she has a dentist appointment in Needham, MA. She's gotten a little forgetful at her age, but she starts the call the same every time: "Guess where I am sitting at? Mecca!" (she's referring to Copley Motorcar).

I learned to love the music of the 1950s in the late 1990s. This was because the only radio station that really came in well at the Rovers North shop in Westford was "Cool 105." The "Oldies Station." I'd get to work to be on the phones by 7:30am; I'd leave for home well after midnight, having spent hours working on my Land Rovers after clocking out at 5:00pm. "Cool 105" now plays Cindy Lauper.

Yup. The times they are a changin'. And yes, there will be no more new Land Rover Defenders. But there will be many more memories to be had - perhaps even as fond as those running in my mind right now. Cheers!
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Old January 26th, 2016, 10:39 AM
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Any idea on the color? Not Keswick is it?
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Any idea on the color? Not Keswick is it?
If his information is correct, it appears it is Keswick Green..

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I hope the photo works...

A friend works at JLR and has popped to see the VERY LAST Defender, just before it goes into the paint shop.
It will be a soft top in Keswick Green and will be owned by Roger Crathorne.
If he puts any more pics up, I'll post them on here for you.
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Maybe they are out of production but we still have 25 years to import "new" models. And, we have the possibility of purchasing one off the showroom floor as well.
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If his information is correct, it appears it is Keswick Green..
Any difference between Keswick Green and Grasmere Green? The 2015 Heritage Edition was listed with Grasmere Green as the paint color.

Sad to see nothing behind it. I wonder what is in front of it? I wonder if all of the others have been produced and this one is just limping along so that they will end production on a Friday.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 01:39 PM
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Sad to see nothing behind it. I wonder what is in front of it? I wonder if all of the others have been produced and this one is just limping along so that they will end production on a Friday.
As I understand it, there is a function planned for tomorrow at the factory to mark the occasion.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 02:18 PM
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As I understand it, there is a function planned for tomorrow at the factory to mark the occasion.
And Gerry is going to reveal his secret to all the plant employee's regarding the future of the Defender.




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This is pretty touching. So long Defender. It's been a good run.
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