The Dutch tuner hints at the future of convertibles. They don’t die, just their status changes.
For those interested in new convertibles, the choice is starting to narrow dangerously. Since these are not mass-demanded versions, there is no place for them in commercial car companies. This is also confirmed by Volkswagen, which does not count on a canvas roof in the next modernization of the T-Roc. The Mini brand, which generally has a specific type of customer, remains a certainty.
The Dutch body shop Heritage Customs also shows us an interesting novelty, which has just started production of its second Valiance Convertible. Based on the short Defender 90, the project brings back the classic spirit through the fabric roof that historically belongs to it. A total of 5 examples will be created and each of them will cost approximately 2,884,000 CZK including the price of the new car. The modification itself will cost about 1,673,000 CZK.
It is now clear that the work does not end with just modifying the body with an electrically controlled soft-top. Underneath the handcrafted roof, we find a premium leather-trimmed interior with the addition of a middle seat up front. In reality, it probably won’t be very useful, but the Land Rover of the first series had it too. The impression of luxury is created by decorative stitching with yellow thread, the shade of which matches the color of the exterior.
The bodywork is covered in striking yellow Sunbeam paint complemented by black painted details on the hood and front fenders. If we remove the canvas roof, the rear protective frame also has a dark design.