Land Rover is celebrating the production of its one millionth Range Rover by donating the vehicle to Help for Heroes charity.
The landmark one millionth vehicle, a Range Rover Autobiography in ultimate black, has been built at the Solihull manufacturing plant, where three generations of the Range Rover have been built since June 1970.
Land Rover employees joined Alan Volkaerts, Solihull manufacturing director and Land Rover’s managing director Phil Popham to celebrate the milestone event in Range Rover’s fortieth year.
The one millionth Range Rover was driven by Phil Popham to London to deliver the car to Help for Heroes, the company informed in a statement released Friday.
The handover took place on the Top Gear Live set at Earls Court in London where Jeremy Clarkson – who is a Help for Heroes patron – took delivery of the one millionth Range Rover on behalf of the charity.
“Land Rover is very proud to support the Help for Heroes charity by donating the one millionth Range Rover. The vehicle will be auctioned later this year and should raise valuable funds for the practical and direct provision of aid for wounded service people and their families,” said Phil Popham, MD Jaguar Land Rover.
The Range Rover being donated is the highest-specification model currently available, the Range Rover Vogue, valued in excess of GBP 85,000.
Estimates suggest it will raise over GBP 100,000 for charity when auctioned later this year.
“We’re delighted that Land Rover has chosen to give Help for Heroes their millionth Range Rover,” said Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-founder of Help for Heroes.
“This is a real milestone in their history and so a very special donation, made even more special by knowing the money raised from the car will be able to provide much needed funds to help our wounded heroes on their road to recovery.“
One of the most significant vehicles in the history of motoring, the Range Rover was the world’s first vehicle as good on-road as off-road.
It remains Land Rover’s flagship model, peerlessly blending comfort, luxury, design, technology and versatility in one highly-accomplished package, says the company.
In the above picture, Land Rover MD, Phil Popham, is presenting the vehicle to Help for Heroes patrons Jeremy Clarkson and model Peta Todd.