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If you’ve ever wished the new Land Rover Defender had a drop-top like the Jeep Wrangler, you’re in luck. The Land Rover Defender 90 is returning to drop-top glory with help from a Dutch custom shop. Heritage Customs can take your Defender 90 and transform it into a luxury convertible 4×4 with more refinement than the Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco.

Does the Land Rover Defender come in a convertible?

The Heritage Customs Valiance Convertible is a Land Rover Defender conversion.
Heritage Customs Valiance Convertible | Heritage Customs

Land Rover does not offer a stock Defender with a convertible, but a Dutch custom shop can modify two-door Defenders to have removable tops.

According to The Drive, Heritage Customs offers a conversion kit to create convertible Land Rover Defenders. It’s called the Heritage Valiance Convertible and provides a splash of retro cool to the already handsome Defender.

Although Land Rover offers the Defender in three body styles, Heritage Customs only has convertible conversion offerings for the Defender 90. The result is a drop-top off-roader with much more upscale appeal than the equivalents from Ford and Jeep.

You can personalize your Valiance Convertible however you want

Top-down view of the Valiance Convertible - a Land Rover Defender 90 conversion model.
Valiance Convertible | Heritage Customs

Heritage Customs says that each Valiance Convertible will be a one-of-one example designed and built specifically for each individual customer.

It isn’t a one-size-fits-all conversion kit. Instead, the custom shop will build your convertible Defender precisely to your preferred specifications. All you have to do is donate your Defender 90 to the cause.

The images on the Heritage Customs site are pretty close to how we’d spec a Valiance Convertible of our own: Green paint, tan interior, tan convertible top, and retro white steel wheels. We might add some rally-style grille lights and the available Land Rover V8 engine to bring it home.

But that’s just one example – the possibilities for customization are endless.

The original Land Rover Defender had a removable top, much like the Jeep Wrangler

The front end of a classic Land Rover.
Classic Land Rover | Tao Zhang via Getty Images

This isn’t the first time the Land Rover Defender has had a removable top. The original Defender was a utilitarian agriculture vehicle with a drop-top in the vein of the Willys Jeep. Through decades, the Defender saw many roof style variations, from removable hard tops to cloth covers. Finally, the redesigned Defender at least has a path toward a similar convertible style.

The most recent Land Rover vehicle with a factory convertible option was the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Now discontinued, the convertible Range Rover Evoque was more a luxury lifestyle car than a retro drop-top 4×4.

How much is the custom shop convertible Defender?

The Heritage Customs website shows that Valiance Convertible slots are selling for just shy of a hundred thousand euros or about $108,000.

That’s just the slot for a commission. You also have to factor in the cost of purchasing a stock Defender 90 and the various add-ons and options you may select in the planning process.

It isn’t a cheap endeavor. Still, the thought of a custom-made convertible Defender with your exact specifications is enticing.


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