To mark the final year of production for the venerable Land Rover Defender, the company is launching three special edition models by creating a 1km wide sand drawing.

The drawing echoes the moment in 1947 when Maurice Wilks sketched out the outline of the original Land Rover to his brother Spencer, then Rover’s Managing Director, at Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey.

Wilks’ vision was for a versatile vehicle that could work both as family transport and as a light tractor, and the resulting ‘Land Rover’ evolved (but only slightly) into the Defender we know today.

The scene was recreated this week by six Land Rovers towing 12-foot agricultural harrows.  The vehicles included a Land Rover Series I, II and III, plus a Defender 90, a 90 Hard Top and a 110 Station Wagon.

The team had to rush against time to create the iconic Land Rover outline in the sand before it was washed away by the tide.  The completed sand drawing measured 4.52km in length and 1km across.

Although the company is investigating ways of continuing production of the Defender at a low-volume overseas facility, UK manufacturing is due to draw to a close at the end of this year.

To celebrate the Defender’s 68 year history, Land Rover has created three new special editions, each focusing on a different aspect of the Defender’s character.

The Autobiography Edition is the most luxurious, with two-tone paintwork and Windsor leather upholstery, plus a power upgrade from 122PS to 150PS.  Only 80 will be made, all in 90 Station Wagon form, priced from £61,845.

The Heritage Edition is more classically styled, with Grasmere Green paint and contrasting white roof, plus a heritage-style grille and badging.  Production will be limited to 400 units, priced from £27,800.

The final model, the Adventure Edition, is equipped as its name would suggest, with under-body protection, Goodyear MT/R tyres, Expedition roof rack, snorkel and rear ladder, plus unique decals and a leather-trimmed interior.  Six hundred will be made, priced from £43,495.

Autobiography Edition

Indicative pricing: from £61,845
On sale: from April 2015
Number available: 80
Bodystyles: 90 Station Wagon

Key features:

  • Increased power output (122PS to 150PS)
  • Increased torque output (360Nm to 400Nm)
  • Choice of unique lower body colours
  • Santorini Black upper body, rear door, grille, headlamp surrounds and wheel arches
  • Seven-inch LED projector headlamps
  • Clear indicator lenses
  • ‘Defender’ bonnet script in machined bright finish
  • Metal/Aluminium exterior door handles
  • Metal fuel filler cap
  • Side steps
  • Underbody protection for engine sump
  • Bright Pack (white tail and indicator LED lamps)
  • 16-inch Gloss Black Sawtooth alloy wheels
  • Goodyear MT/R tyres
  • Autobiography badge (rear)
  • Santorini Black central information panel
  • Full Windsor Leather interior (including Ebony or Ivory rooflining)
  • Semi Aniline premium leather seats with twin needle contrast stitching and embossed Autobiography logo
  • Privacy Glass
  • Aluminium door lock button, handle and air vent bezels
  • Bright machined/enamel diff lock instruction plate
  • Unique carpet mats
  • Spun metal discs in cup holder slots

Heritage Edition

Indicative pricing: from c. £27,800
On sale: from August 2015
Number available: 400
Bodystyles: 90 Hard Top, 90 Station Wagon, 110 Station Wagon

Key features:

  • Unique Grasmere Green metallic paintwork with body colour wheel arches
  • Unique Alaska White roof
  • Silver front bumper with black end caps
  • Heritage style front grille and headlamp surrounds
  • Body coloured heavy duty steel wheels
  • Clear indicator lenses
  • Indus Silver door hinges
  • Heritage style badges
  • Heritage logo mudflaps
  • HUE 166 graphics
  • Bright aluminium finish clock and air vent bezels
  • Aluminium interior door handles and door locks
  • Perforated leather outer steering wheel rim, gear knob and handbrake lever
  • Almond Resolve Cloth upholstery with Ebony Vinyl sides and backs, with HUE tags
  • Padded cubby box with Almond Cloth lid
  • Heritage logo rubber floor mats
  • Seven full-sized forward facing seats (110 Station Wagon versions only)

Adventure Edition

Indicative pricing: £43,495
On sale: from August 2015
Number available: 600
Bodystyles: 90 Station Wagon, 110 Station Wagon

Key features:

  • Corris Grey, Yulong White or Phoenix Orange paintwork
  • Santorini Black ‘Adventure’ grille, wheel arches, bonnet, roof, and rear door
  • Increased power output (122PS to 150PS) (90 Station Wagon versions only)
  • Increased torque output (360Nm to 400Nm) (90 Station Wagon versions only)
  • Seven full-sized forward facing seats (110 Station Wagon versions only)
  • Expedition Roof Rack, Snorkel, Rear Access Ladder
  • Seven-inch LED projector headlamps
  • Clear indicator lenses
  • Underbody sill and sump protectors
  • Atlas ‘Defender’ bonnet script
  • Gloss Black split-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels
  • Goodyear MT/R tyres with white lettering
  • Bright Pack
  • Decals on front wings
  • Windsor Leather upholstery
  • Windsor Leather front passenger facia
  • Leather trimmed door panels
  • Bright Aluminium finish clock and air vent bezels
  • Aluminium interior door handles and door locks
  • Bright finish and rubber pedals
  • Santorini Black centre console
  • Fully wrapped leather steering wheel
  • Perforated leather gear knobs, handbrake lever and grab handles
  • Ebony Alston headlining
  • Heritage logo carpet floor mats