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Celebrities help to build the 2 millionth Land Rover Defender which will be sold for charity

Land Rover Creates One-Of-A-Kind Defender To Mark 2,000,000th Production Milestone. Photo: Land Rover

Land Rover recently announced the build of the 2,000,000th Series Land Rover and Defender at their Solihull manufacturing facility.

The celebration attracted celebrities who have been trying their hand at engineering, by helping to build the milestone car.

Bear Grylls, Virginia McKenna and Theo Paphitis contributed by fitting parts to the vehicle at Land Rover's factory. .

The Land Rover Defender has been there for me more times than I care to remember. They are so often the unsung heroes of our TV shows, working hard in the toughest conditions to get crew in and out of exceptionally challenging terrains. Known and respected by me and many other adventurers for their rugged reliability - it was an honour to be asked to take part in the build of this very special car."

– Bear Grylls
Theo Paphitis gets involved with the production of the 2 millionth Land Rover Defender Credit: ITV Central News

The bespoke vehicle will be put up for sale at an exclusive charity auction at Bonhams auction house on 16 December 2015.

Bonhams and Land Rover are quintessentially British brands, and so we are delighted to be auctioning the two-millionth Series Land Rover and Defender on 16 December at our global headquarters in New Bond Street. It's an honour to offer this landmark vehicle and I've no doubt there will be some spirited bidding."

– Robert Brooks, Bonhams Chairman

The funds raised by the sale of the car will be donated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Born Free Foundation.

Virginia McKenna, Founder of the Born Free Foundation, also attended the event. Credit: ITV Central News

Over 67 years, the Series Land Rover and in turn Defender has been the transport of choice for explorers, charity organisations, farmers and even royalty. Throughout history it has helped pioneers to reach the unreachable. What started life as an agricultural workhorse has transcended the automotive world to become a worldwide design icon. I was honoured to join the production line team in Solihull to help build this unique vehicle. It was a special experience which will no doubt become a fond memory.

"The auction of this milestone vehicle is an opportunity to own a piece of Land Rover's history, as Defender enters its final phase of manufacturing in Solihull. Giving people the chance to buy this truly distinctive Defender to raise funds for the IFRC and Born Free Foundation is a suitable way to celebrate the role that Defender has played in supporting our humanitarian aid and conservation partners over the decades."

– Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive of Jaguar Land Rover

The event marks the celebration of 67 years of iconic Land Rover production.