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Fancy your new Defender with a rag-top roof?

Dutch coachbuilder Niels van Roij will build five convertible Defenders in 2022

Published: 04 Jan 2022
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Desperate to spend over £100,000 on a short-wheelbase Land Rover Defender 90, but can’t bring yourself to buy a V8 direct from JLR? Well, your prayers may have been answered by Dutch coachbuilder Niels van Roij.

Get a look at the sketches above. Yep, his firm Heritage Customs is all set to make a convertible. This is great news.

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It’ll be exclusive of course, with just five being built at a cost of around £115,000 each. Oh, and that roof will apparently be “semi-electric” – whatever that means. 

There’ll be three different examples for customers to choose from – the Côte d’Azur, the Solihull Sand and the Kokkini Paralia. The first in that list features a bright blue exterior with 22-inch ‘Space Cowboy’ wheels and whitewall tyres. The Côte d’Azur also gets Heritage Customs’ copper details on the exterior, sports seats and a rather striking cognac roof. Not for the shy-and-retiring, that one.

The Solihull Sand is much more like it, with standard green exterior paint, 20-inch wheels made to look like steelies and a classic sand-coloured roof. We look forward to seeing the finished product.

Your final option will be the Kokkini Paralia – named after Red Beach on the south west coast of Santorini and featuring matte red paint, massive 22-inch wheels and a full ‘sports’ interior.

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