How many Land Rover Defenders
are still on the road?

How many are on the road vs how many are left...?

I initially started out with grand ideas of tracking down how many Land Rover Defenders are remaining in existence, but digging deeper I realised that it may not be as straight forward as that....

I have settled on trying to calculate how many "UK" Defenders are still on the road, as the UK has open data and more Defenders than any other country; approximately 35% of all Defenders ever built have been registered in the UK. I say "have been", because vehicles are being imported to the UK all the time, as well as being exported regularly or entering private hands from military cast vehicles. Defining how many "UK" Defenders there are (or were) is therefore a moving target. Some vehicles were sold through a foreign dealership, in a foreign specification, to a UK citizen who first registered it in the UK - is this a "UK" Defender? Therefore, what measure would you use, and which point in history? So asking "how many are left?" means you need to know how many there were to start with - I take the starting point as being "the number of Defenders that have EVER been registered in the UK".

Also, defining the meaning of "on the road", or "how many are left" depends on how the data is collected and what it is telling us - these two concepts are not analogous. "How many are left" might mean those vehicles that are still in generally complete condition, albeit scattered to the winds of the British Isles. This will never be known, as whilst there are records of a vehicle having existed at some point, unless verified as being scrapped, or recently put through an MOT, an absence of data does not mean it is gone forever.

How many are "on the road" is an easier concept to decipher, and that is the metric that this page uses. That in itself is a rather nebulous term, because whether a vehicle is on or off the road depends on the intention of the owner. So we must reverse engineer the owner's intention from the data we have. There is an assumption that if a vehicle has a valid MOT and is taxed, then it is "on the road". The moment it fails an MOT, is it "off the road"? Well, we might say that if the owner wants to keep it on the road, they will try to pass the MOT via a free retest within 14 days (10 working days). If the vehicle goes beyond this then we can assume there are bigger problems and the vehicle is not "on the road". That isn't to say it won't ever come back on the road, but as the data collected here changes weekly, it would be valid to call it "off the road" and put it back "on the road" if it passes an MOT in future.

The data below on Defenders can be considered more or less complete, as a census of the population. The Ninety/One Ten "Stage Two" vehicle data is more sparse, as they are older and are less likely to have graced a computer system with their data. As such, the data here is based on known vehicles, but the real number of these registered in the 80s will be a lot higher.

Status of Defenders

It is estimated that the percentage of UK-registered Defenders still on the road is currently....


(Since there is a high confidence that all UK-registered Defenders have been identified)

Total mileage of all vehicles

14,827,284,323 miles

Estimated average
vehicle mileage*

106,866 miles

How many?

163,134 Defenders are known to have been registered in the UK

How many left from those 163,134 Defenders in July 2024?

590 Unknown 91 Scrapped 10,181 Exported 64,570 Off the road 87,702 On the road

Status of Ninety/One Tens

It is estimated that the percentage of known UK-registered Nineties and One Tens still on the road is currently....


About 140-150,000 Nineties and One Tens were built until the Defender was introduced, and using a rough estimate that 35% would have been registered in the UK from a median figure of 145,000, gives a total UK population of 50,700. Using this figure, and assuming those missing from the data are not "on the road", then a more realistic percentage estimate would be...


Total mileage of all vehicles

4,071,967,906 miles

Estimated average
vehicle mileage*

131,587 miles

How many?

41,543 Ninety/One Tens are known to have been registered in the UK

How many left from those 41,543 Ninety/One Tens in July 2024?

162 Unknown 8 Scrapped 5,442 Exported 26,748 Off the road 9,183 On the road

Data updated weekly


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