Land Rover has delved deep into its catalogue of Defender icons to create a Camel Trophy throwback for 2021.

    The Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition is for the USA only, and harks back to the legendary Camel Trophy racers that came before.

    The Camel Trophy ran annually from 1980 to 1998, and in every year except one Land Rover supplied vehicles painted in the same Sandglow Yellow livery.

    Events took place in locales as far-flung as Borneo, Siberia and Guyana, and Land Rover entered a wide range of vehicles over the years including the Discovery and Range Rover.

    Land Rover entered Freelanders in the 1998 event that took place in Tierra del Fuego in the very southern tip of South America and the event took a break for 1999, with just one last event occurring in 2000 in Tonga and Samoa.

    The Defender Trophy Edition is built on the 2022 Defender 110 P400, complete with a special exterior livery and a generous helping of off-road equipment.

    Owners will also get the chance to compete in an American off-road Trophy Competition in North Carolina, the winners of which will be invited to take on a similar competition at Eastnor Castle in the UK.

    Just 220 will be built, making the modern Trophy Edition significantly more common than the Land Rover Defender Works V8 Trophy revealed earlier in 2021, based on the old Defender.

    By purchasing one of just 25 Defender Works V8 Trophy vehicles, you’ll get entry to an exclusive Land Rover Trophy competition at Eastnor Castle.

    Each vehicle is re-engineered by Land Rover Classic and is powered by a 5.0-litre petrol V8 engine producing 298kW of power and 515Nm of torque, mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Land Rover is offering a choice of 90 or 110 bodies, both with uprated suspension, steering and braking.

    To help with the slog off-road, each Trophy vehicle has been upgraded to include a front winch, multi-point expedition cage, additional underbody protection, a raised air intake, bull bar, and mud-terrain tyres.

    They’re distinguished from your garden variety Defender with unique Eastnor Yellow paint with Narvik Black details.

    There’s also a roof rack, LED headlights and spot lights, and body-colour, heavy-duty 16-inch steel wheels.

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