RIP Land Rover's Defender, the Greatest Car Ever

Jaguar Land Rover is retiring its iconic model -- a loss to the world.

Reaching the end of the road.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Tuesday was the final day you could have ordered a new Land Rover Defender, one of the world's last real cars. In 2013, when the British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover first announced plans to discontinue the model, I didn't really believe it: The Defender is by far the best car I've ever owned, and many others are as emotional about it as I am. Yet, here we are. Regulation and marketing-driven blandness, the enemies of everything original, have killed it. 

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