Today marks the first week in almost 70 years that the famous Land Rover Defender will no longer be in production. We have a rather large soft spot for well-built, long-lasting and iconic design so it would seem wrong not to pay a tribute to this uniquely robust British car.

The four-wheel drive vehicle has been produced since 1948 in Solihull, UK. In that time it had become a firm favourite and used by everyone from the Queen to safari tourists, farmers to the army and as the utilitarian car of choice for it's versatility and longevity.

It is estimated that two-thirds of all Land Rover Defenders ever made are still in use today - a remarkable achievement and huge tribute in itself to the quality of its production. 

In the 21st century, the car's retro character has become a big part of its charm and there's little doubt the Defender is comfortably ranked among the most iconic vehicles of all time and although they may not be in production any more, they will be on our streets for years to come.