A HOMAGE TO HEBRIDEAN HERITAGE
Introducing the first heritage special edition from Land Rover Classic.
Defender Works V8 Islay Edition takes inspiration from the 1965 Land Rover Series IIa driven by one of the founders of Land Rover, Spencer Wilks, on the Hebridean Isle of Islay – the birthplace of the Land Rover name.
Islay Edition is limited to just 30 unique examples, with 17 available as a 90 short wheelbase and 13 as a seven-seat 110 wheelbase respectively. Each vehicle is a meticulously restored and rebuilt Classic Defender that has been expertly sourced by Land Rover Classic specialists.
SHADES OF ORIGINS
Informed by the Mid Grey exterior of the 1965 original, Islay Edition is finished in Heritage Grey with contrast roof and heavy-duty steel wheels in Limestone.
Complementing the iconic grille and heritage Land Rover badging, a bespoke side graphic reads ‘GXC 639C’. This is the registration of Spencer Wilks’ Series IIa.
EVERY STITCH A STORY
As an elegant gesture to the land that inspired its name, Islay Edition’s seats, door cards, central armrest and sun visor all feature a tactile tweed crafted by the Islay Woollen Mill.
Its earthy palette is a harmony of blue for the sea and the sky, purple for the local heather, and a subtle yellow for the peaty grasslands.
THE WORDS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Reminders of Land Rover’s legacy are judiciously placed around the Islay Edition’s cabin. This includes a plaque adjacent to the gearshift that tells the story of how the Land Rover name was born.
Reinforcing the link back to Islay Edition’s Hebridean heritage, the removable console tray – complete with leather tabs – features the oak of whisky barrels sourced from the local Kilchoman Distillery. Spencer Wilks’ granddaughter Kathy Wills established the distillery with her husband, Anthony, in 2005.
Within each tray, a unique wooden disc replicating the end of a whisky barrel showcases the vehicle as one of 30 limited edition examples marking 75 years of Land Rover.
Completing the meticulous interior story, oak wood veneer detailing extends to the rear loadspace floor and clock on the centre console.
READY TO TAKE ON TODAY
Islay Edition is powered by a 5.0 litre petrol V8 engine with eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Offering 405hp and 515Nm of torque, capability and performance are effortless.
The 16-inch steel wheels with mud-terrain tyres are complemented with upgraded brakes, suspension and handling kit for enhanced comfort and driveability.
OWN ONE OF 30
To enquire about the Defender Works V8 Islay Edition, please contact our specialist
Land Rover Classic team.