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....

The UK has more Defenders than any other country; approximately 35% of all Defenders every 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 quite hard because of this and also because some vehicles were sold through an foreign dealership in a foreign specification to a UK citizen who first registered it in the UK. Therefore it cannot be told how many "UK" vehicles because measure do you use and which point in history?

Also defining the meaning of "on the road", or "how many left" depends on how the data is collected and what it is telling us, as these two concepts are not analogous. "How many 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 get a passed MOT within 14 days, whereby they can have a free re-test. 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 categorise it as such and put it back "on the road" if it passes an MOT in future.

The data on Defenders can be considered more or less complete, as a census of the population. The Ninety/One Ten data is more sparse, as they are older and are less likely to have graced a modern system with its 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....

57-58%

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


Total mileage of all vehicles

14,323,239,337 miles

Estimated average
vehicle mileage*

102,970 miles

How many?

159,602 Defenders are known to have been registered in the UK

How many left from those 159,602 Defenders in October 2022?

284 Unknown 21 Scrapped 9,144 Exported 57,725 Off the road 92,428 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....

23-25%


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...

18-22%


Total mileage of all vehicles

4,061,520,984 miles

Estimated average
vehicle mileage*

130,945 miles

How many?

41,515 Ninety/One Tens are known to have been registered in the UK

How many left from those 41,515 Ninety/One Tens in October 2022?

145 Unknown 8 Scrapped 5,349 Exported 25,914 Off the road 10,099 On the road

Data updated weekly

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