Iconic British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith has joined forced with Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit to celebrate the final production months of arguable the world’s most famous car - the Land Rover Defender. The one-off special edition of the Land Rover Defender dons 27 different colours on the outside, including Smith’s trademark stripes and is currently on display the designers ship at Albemarle Street in Mayfair, London.
The iconic designer who is a long-standing Land Rover enthusiast and owns an old Land Rover at his Italian home said that the design of the one-off Defender was inspired by the army, air force, fire services and the coastguard that have relied on the astounding car over the years to carry out their respective duties. “I wanted deep, rich colours but at the same time, I wanted them to work together yet be surprising.” says the designers. On the roof of the car there is a hand-painted bumble bee. Apart from the 27 vivid shades on the Defender, the car dons satin accents on the mirrors, door handles and wheels.
On the inside, the one-off Defender sports black leather and contrasting blue stitching. There are tons of little hidden design details throughout the car. For instance there is an image of a set of keys printed inside the glove compartment and a hand painted bumble bee on the roof of the car, which is to reference the countryside and the heritage of the Defender.
The Land Rover Defender, which first went on sale back in 1948 is nearing its retirement this year. The one-off Paul Smith Defender is a part of the celebration lined up in lieu of the 67 years of existence of the iconic car. The British marquee will stop building the Defender in Solihull in December 2015.