Few cars on the road today are as badass as the Land Rover Defender. The Defender has a certain purity and anachronism about it. The car itself could not be more minimal. Land Rover has made few changes to it since they introduced the new model in 1983. It is still assembled by hand in England. The Defender is one of those rare cars that seems to be at home no matter where it goes. The Defender is the car of choice in many of the problem spots around the world. It represents a symbol of colonialism, mainly because of the introduction of the earlier Series I and Series II models in East Africa by the British. Land Rover imported only about a thousand Defenders into the United States between 1993 and 1997. One of their appeals is the fact that they are very hard to find on American streets. Like a good dog, the Defender is an extension of a lifestyle.
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