The original Land Rover prototype was built in 1947 and featured a central driving position.
Engineers tested the original Land Rover's capabilities in novel ways.
Demand outstripped supply, and production continued long after the intended period.
British legends like Winston Churchill were happy to pose alongside the Land Rover.
The Queen has also been photographed with the Defender many times. Here she is at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1956.
Land Rover sales have always been bolstered by orders from public services.
The Land Rover's adaptable construction meant it could take on various body styles.
Britain's police service has a long history of using the Land Rover.
Aluminum body panels mean many of the earliest cars still survive today.
Long-wheelbase versions of the Land Rover can be used to shift goods, or people.
Britons have become used to relying on Land Rovers to get them out of trouble.
The Land Rover evolved into the Defender, but its go-anywhere ability remained the same.
The Defender's strength in poor conditions made it a popular choice in rural areas.
Land Rover updated the car, but even its modernized version was pretty rugged.
A retro-styled Heritage edition of the car was one of the final Defenders on sale.
The two millionth Defender was sold at auction, raising £400,000 ($573,000 USD) for charity.
Land Rover has shown concepts of a new Defender, but a production successor is still some way off.