This is the first Future classic to cause an argument in the C&SC office.
Not so much over its inclusion – telling in itself – but over which model we should choose.
After much debate we narrowed it down to two: the most utilitarian, commercial-spec, short-wheelbase diesel, which is as close to the spirit of the original as the luxed-up new Land Rover Defender gets; or this, the outrageous petrol-fired V8.
In the end, because we suspect so few people will be able to afford to buy one – or fuel it – we decided that the full bells-and-whistles V8 was likely to be the one most coveted, even if many in the team would rather have the poverty model.
Not that any new Defender justifies that tag: even the cheapest is more than £40k, and the short-wheelbase V8 is nudging £100,000 (the LWB tops it before you add any options).
Time was that would seem ludicrous, but such is the cult that has surrounded Land Rover in recent years that a six-figure sum is no longer a surprise – pukka Works V8s fetch up to twice that.