Dutch firm readies Land Rover Defender convertible

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Prices for the Heritage Customs Valiance Convertible are over £100,000

Heritage Customs is producing a very limited number of canvas-topped Defender models

Dutch coachbuilder Heritage Customs is putting the finishing touches to its latest coachbuilt creation: a convertible version of the Land Rover Defender

Official images from the production line show the Valiance Convertible – as the Defender 90-based creation is called – being heavily modified by hand at the firm’s headquarters in the town of Enter.

Renders also show how the vehicle will look when the process is completed, with unique colours and a power-operated canvas roof being the key differentiators over the standard Land Rover car – which is currently available in hard-top form only. 

Heritage will build five examples this year, each costing more than £100,000 – more than double the price of the entry-level Defender. That price includes the base car and the cost of conversion, for which the coachbuilder quotes €70,000 (£58,200).

Although no changes will be made to the 4×4’s powertrain – which will be whatever variant of the short-wheelbase Defender 90 owners bring in to get converted – the Valiance Convertible will feature custom forged alloys and bespoke interior and exterior detailing.

Company co-owner Niels van Roij said the convertible – an evolution of the firm’s existing modified Defender, the Valiance Custom – is “the beginning of a journey of discovery” as “owners can help shape the car of their dreams”.

He added: “Owners will find details and parts in their Valiance Convertible that have never been seen on a Defender before.”

Jan-Pieter Kroeze, the other co-owner, said the first five owners have “tailored their ultra-limited, handcrafted Defender with the power-operated soft-top, Magic Metal elements and a beautifully handcrafted interior exactly to their wishes”.

Van Roij is already well known for his coachbuilding works, having previously created a striking estate version of the Tesla Model S and a ‘shooting brake’ version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith

Source: Autocar

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