The idea of a soft-top, convertible Land Rover Defender has been around since the new version was introduced in 2019. As a full-fledged off-roader, an open-air escapade to roads less travelled will always be an alluring experience, hence the availability of such an option on the Defender's American counterparts, the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.
If you're one for an open-top Defender, worry not. You may now order one, albeit, not from Land Rover itself.
Heritage Customs, a Dutch coachbuilder, has opened the ordering books for its Land Rover Defender convertible based on the three-door Defender 90.
Gallery: Valiance Land Rover Defender Convertible by Heritage Customs
Teased in December 2021, the Land Rover Defender Convertible is called the Valiance by the aftermarket company. Only five units will be made initially, with a choice between three themes and colour combinations: Côte d’Azur, Solihull Sand, and Kokkini Paralia.
The Solihull Sand Valiance Convertible that you see here is inspired by the English countryside. The body is light green with grey bumpers, while the soft top is sand beige in colour. It also comes with a set of 20-inch white "Space Cowboy" wheels. The cabin has copper accents, with an option to get classic seats and steering wheel to evoke a nostalgic appeal on the SUV.
As attractive as it looks, the Valiance Defender Convertible doesn’t come cheap. The conversion itself (sans the donor Defender 90) costs €84,700 or around £71,200 at the current exchange rates. Factoring in the price of a Defender 90, the price could reach €138,500 or around £116,500.
Then again, your consolation is that the modifications appear to not affect the front end of the vehicle, so you could probably opt for the 518-bhp Defender V8 and have its roof chopped off. Now, that's brilliant.
Production of the five Valiance Defender Convertible units is set to begin later this year.
Source: Heritage Customs