Land Rover held a 65th birthday party for itself at Packington Estate, on the grounds where its contributions to the world of off-roading were tested from the very first model in 1948 all the way through the 1970s. If you weren't there, you missed getting a piece of the birthday cake delivered by a Lynx military helicopter, but you can still get a piece of the anniversary action in the Land Rover LXV Defender SE - LXV being the ancient Roman way of writing "65."

Starting with a Defender specced with the 2.2-liter diesel and six-speed manual, the birthday-boy special edition adds a Santorini Black or Fuji White exterior hue, a Corris Grey roof and interior accents, 16-inch Sawtooth wheels, leather seats and unique badging. Pricing hasn't been announced, probably because it's rude to talk about the cost of a gift on someone's birthday.

For now you can read the press release below and see the celebrant in the high-res image gallery above.
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Land Rover Celebrates 65 Years Of Technology And Innovation With Defender LXV Special Edition

30 April 2013 -- Land Rover marks 65years of technology and innovation with a celebratory event at Packington Estate near its Solihull homeland. A 'HUE' birthday cake was flown in by special delivery in a Lynx helicopter by a member of the 'Black Cats' Royal Navy display team, renowned for thrilling audiences with their dynamic air displays.

The desire to create a vehicle that will tackle any terrain has been at the forefront of the Land Rover brand since the foundations were first sketched in the sand by Maurice Wilks. This principle has subsequently made Land Rover famous around the world since production began in 1948. 'HUE 166' was the very first Series I Land Rover, affectionately known by many as 'Huey', and will be on prominent display at the event.

The occasion also set the scene for the debut of a Special Edition Defender - the LXV (65 in roman numerals). Defender evolved from the original Land Rover in 1990 and this iconic family of utility vehicles - Land Rover Series I, II, III and Defender - has now sold in excess of two million units. Available in five different body styles, the LXV is based on the standard Land Rover Defender which is equipped with the 2.2-litre diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission, producing 122PS@3,500rpm of power and 360Nm@2,000rpm of torque.

This striking Special Edition sports 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels and comes in Santorini Black or Fuji White with contrast Corris Grey roof, grille and headlight surrounds and facia. The interior boasts exclusive full leather seats with LXV embossed front headrests and unique orange contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel and centre cubby compartment to complement exterior LXV decals. An optional union flag decal can be located on the rear of the vehicle. Prices will be available in August.

Around 150 heritage Land Rovers are attending the celebratory event at Packington Estate which was the testing ground for the original 1947-48 Land Rover prototypes through to the Range Rover development vehicles of the late 1960's and early 70's. These vehicles showcase key milestones in Land Rover's 65-year history and also some 4x4 world firsts such as anti-lock brakes, adjustable air suspension, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, Terrain Response® and Stop/Start technologies.

The vehicles on display demonstrate Land Rover's legendary breadth of capability, with ploughing, emergency service, military, expedition, royal and concept vehicles all firmly positioning Land Rover as the world's most versatile vehicle. They sit alongside Land Rover's current model line-up - the Defender, Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque - and include the brand's latest technological innovations in the form of the new Electric Defender research vehicle and the world's first 9-speed transmission for a passenger car.

John Edwards, Land Rover's Global Brand Director says: "Land Rover is celebrating 65 years of proud heritage. It is in fact a dual celebration, as March saw Land Rover deliver the strongest ever monthly and quarterly sales performance in its history.

"Since 1948, every component in our vehicles has been designed and engineered with intent and Land Rover continues to this day, to build the world's most capable all-purpose vehicles. A blend of refinement, performance and unmatched all-terrain capability make Land Rover vehicles distinctive and unique, ready to tackle the world's most challenging and inhospitable terrain."

John Edwards continues: "The all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are the result of unprecedented investment in technology, in engineering and in our manufacturing facilities to produce the world's first SUVs with a lightweight aluminium body structure. Investing in innovation has always been the lifeblood of Land Rover and we will continue to develop innovative new technology and sustainable motoring solutions for the future, whilst retaining the class-leading and legendary breadth of capability that Land Rover's heritage is built upon."


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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Goddamit, why can't we get the Defender here in America?
        Jackie Ashley Wolf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Safety and Emissions legislations. Simple. Also, the same reason why this Defender will be killed off shortly in the future in Europe.
      Andyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the greatest motoring sins of North America was legislation that banned this amazing vehicles (I concede it may have saved some lives), but there should be an "allowance" for the Defender. They are tough, they are rough and you know this is a big mechanical device....superb. Sadly to appeal to world markets I think it's days are numbered...let us have a few before they die...please!
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      My dad had an old 1961 in Ecuador back in 1984. I drove that thing up just above the snow line of the Cotopaxi volcano, about 13,000', it would not go any higher with the oxygen being so low. I made a snowman up there, wish I could find the photos
      RonMcCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      I personally do not like the nylon straps on the Jeep Doors or the plastic roof. The Defender not only looks better and tougher but is the only vehicle that out jeeps the Jeep lol. Shame its not here I would seriously consider buying one. Hopefully the next version does come here. I always thought jeep should sell a hardtop version that does not have the removable top or doors as an option. Would be quieter and stronger and even look better. Really curious what the new compass, patriot will look like actually the 2014 Compass and Patriot are not bad finally. If they had come out with those originally with the 6 speed auto and the trail rated 2 which still they dont offer and make it look like some of the concepts they put out I would of bought one, they are actually pretty useable and can go offroad well compared to any of their other competitors which I think number 0.
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RonMcCord
        I've always maintained that instead of, or in addition to, offering the Unlimited, Jeep should stick a fully enclosed, squared-off 4-door body on the Wrangler Unlimited chassis and call it the Cherokee.
      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      More like breaking down anywhere :)
      MMM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why it is still not available in US?
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MMM
        Crash/safety standards, IIRC. LR didn't want to spend the cash engineering the Defender for airbags. Or something like that.
      lobbhill
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not available in U.S because it's an English make. Like we can't get mustangs with V8 over here, as of 2014 mustangs are available in UK but only with 2 litre engine. Boring. We want V8 muscle.
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lobbhill
        Then by that reasoning, the US shouldn't have Jaguar, Rolls Royce, or Bentley...
      mylexicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's true you can go anywhere in a Land Rover..............as long as you have a caravan of Wranglers to carry LR mechanics and spare parts.
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylexicon
        Did you read that on bumper sticker? Seriously, I just don't get fans of corporations. These companies don't give a dry fart about you, so what's with the blind adoration? I own a Wrangler, and I love it, but I'm not going to call out competitors or defend Jeep's "honor" every chance I get. I have a deep respect for the Defender and old Range Rovers. They've proven themselves time and again for the better part of a century now. You'll also never catch me wearing corporate logos or slathering them all over my possessions. Why would one willing pay to be a mobile billboard for a company?
      chugokuotaku
      • 1 Year Ago
      so is it LXV or LVX? FIX IT!
        56Jalopy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chugokuotaku
        If you know roman numbers LXV is sixty five. LVX are just letters with no meaning.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Land Rover G-Class
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lord Packington? Holy crap there is a MadTV joke there.
      JJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would be great with a modern JLR V8 in it. cant understand the lack of engine option.
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