Only five of these will be made.
Whether you want your new Land Rover Defender to be kitted out in carbon or fitted with body panels that look rusty for a truly authentic old-school aesthetic, there's a tuner for the job. But what if you wanted a drop-top and a Defender in a single package? Heritage Customs is offering just that with a new coachbuilding option for its Defender Valiance line. Yes, we know - convertible versions of SUVs haven't always worked out. Just ask Nissan about its ill-advised Murano CrossCabriolet. Maybe the expertise of Heritage Customs can add some credibility to the concept?
Based on the smaller Defender 90, this coach-built convertible looks quite unlike any other Defender we've seen. Although it appears to be more of a style statement than anything else, it does allow for that appealing open-air feel when going off-roading.
Heritage Customs will only build five of these Valiance Convertible models so exclusivity is guaranteed. With input from each client, there is the opportunity to drive off in a thoroughly unique SUV, although three meticulously curated color schemes will be available.
"People can now get in touch with us to acquire their ultra-limited, handmade Defender with its classical soft top, Magic Metal elements and exquisitely handcrafted bespoke interior," said Heritage Customs co-owner, Niels van Roij. "The new Valiance Convertible also features our bespoke forged wheels, special paints and unique exterior details."
The exclusive models, each with their own color scheme inspired by beautiful beaches, include the Convertible Cote d'Azur, the Convertible Solihull Sand, and the Convertible Kokkini Paralia.
The Cote d'Azur gets its name from the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. This one comes with optional extras like bespoke blue exterior paint, 22-inch wheels wrapped around white wall tires, and a leather interior with copper details. The Solihull Sand's specification includes green paint, Heritage Customs classic seats, and Spinneybeck leather. As for the Kokkini Paralia, its name comes from the Red Beach in Santorini. Fittingly, this model has dark matt red paint, black bumper inserts, and it's own tasteful cabin with Heritage Customs seats.
Each coachbuilt Valiance Convertible will come with a semi-electric roof, handmade enamel logos, and Magic Metal packs both inside and outside. The limited build slots apply to 2022, and the price for one of these special Defenders is a hefty $160,000. That excludes VAT and further taxes.