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Land Rover Defender convertible: the missing link!

Do you miss the 1948 “Land” convertible? A Dutch coachbuilder has resurrected it based on a current generation Defender 90…

The original Land Rover, which debuted in 1948, was primarily designed to be a versatile, rugged, and accessible vehicle.

The 1948 “Land”, a multipurpose machine

It served as a touring model, utility vehicle, and agricultural machine capable of carrying and towing heavy loads. Over the years, Land Rover released it in numerous body and length variations. Whether long wheelbase (referred to as Defender 110 and 130) or short (Defender 90), glazed, sheet metal, pick-up, and even a convertible version for the Defender 90 with a removable hard roof depending on its use. It had a very long lifespan, with an almost unchanged silhouette until 2016! Its departure paved the way for the few remaining real 4X4s on the market, including the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mercedes-Benz G-Class (which has since also disappeared) and the Suzuki Jimny. The reason behind this was that the “Defender II” was introduced in 2020, but now as a large luxury SUV, no longer as a rustic all-terrain vehicle like the 1948 Land. It is offered in 90, 110, and 130 versions, but as for the body, it is only available in a closed variant, specifically the “hard-top” version, which offers a utility version…

The return of the Defender convertible!

It is precisely to fill this gap that Dutch coachbuilder Heritage Customs is now offering a highly anticipated convertible version. The “Valiance Defender,” as they named it, is based on the short three-door chassis of the Defender 90. For this transformation, the hard roof was replaced with a canvas hood that now rests on roll bars. Heritage Customs envisioned it as a “luxury” model targeting wealthy clients. On board, it receives a specific treatment of upholstery, materials, and decorations, much more opulent than the standard Defender. It is chic but practical, as despite its small size, six people can sit on board: three in the front and three in the back.
So, “how much does it cost?” “. One must already consider the €121,531 claimed by Land Rover Netherlands for a Defender 90. On top of that, the transformation costs nearly €68,000. The only option available to the customer is the choice of engine: diesel, gasoline, or plug-in hybrid. Only 5 units will be produced for a select few, hand-picked individuals (likely existing clients of Heritage Customs).

The coachbuilder behind this, Niels Van Roij, has had previous successes, as he has also been responsible for numerous transformations of production cars into sports estates, such as the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Tesla Model S, and Ferrari Maranello!

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