In a world where product lines must be updated at least once yearly to stay on trend, the Land Rover Defender has always been a breath of fresh air; virtually unchanged in its 63 years. After talk of a new model scared diehards silly, Land Rover's lengthened its life-expectancy by another six years.
The Indian-owned, British-born company will continue to produce the current model until 2017, with the new model, announced back in August, going on sale in 2015. The current model hasn't actually met US safety regulations since 1998, which has meant Land Rover hasn't been able to sell the model to that fruitful market.
As you may well know, the Defender's success (some two million have been sold over its lifetime) is largely down to support from the army and police forces, though Land Rover no longer has a contract with the military, it appears.
As the thinking goes, what's good enough for them is good enough for us -- so act before 2017 if you want to grab a golden oldie before the sleek new models cruise in for good. [Car Advice]