Paint, jewelry, and handcrafted interiors transform vintage Land Rovers into custom 4x4s

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

Heritage Customs offers a bespoke take on the vintage Land Rover Defender.

The Land Rover Defender’s body style is iconic. The most desirable boxy, utilitarian Defenders are two generations old, right before the Defender mutated into a model that looked like an old version bred with a London’s black cab. It’s these models that create the basis for the new Heritage Customs handcrafted luxury take on the Defender, called the Vintage.

Heritage Customs was co-founded by car designer Niels van Roij, who recently described the customization process:

“This likeable Dutch Vintage commission features a rich, soft green metallic paint. It feels right at home next to the Heather flowers in the forest as well as on the pebble stones next to the patron’s striking monumental villa. For this Heritage Customs Vintage we selected our bespoke milled aluminium side- and bonnet vents whilst non-automotive tan Nubuck leather was applied to trim the seats, dashboard as well as rear benches.”

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Each auto has a teak wooden cargo floor with white rubber inlays, There’s a Marshall speaker integrated into the cubby box. A hand-stitched tan canvas hood complements the interior color scheme while a wooden steering wheel replaces the traditional standard plastic unit. The SUV’s center stack has been color-coded to the body and has metal switchgear on its fascia.

Distinctive aluminum details and color-coded extra wide steel wheels create a hardier looking luxury SUV in the example shown. A section of Heritage Customs-specific wheels are available.

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior rear seats

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior dashboard

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior tailgate open

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior heritage tread plate

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior leather seating

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior wood steering wheel

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior Marshall speaker leather key fob

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior kickplate

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior rear seat

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Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior center stack

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Customers are also able to select the bumper design of their choosing, whether it’s a simple, clean unit or one of the custom made bumpers and side steps that Heritage Customs Vintage offers.

LED lights on all four corners complete the package.

The price of a Heritage Customs Vintage SUV start at €40,000, excluding taxes, depending on the preferred base vehicle and individual customer requirements. All Heritage Customs projects are 100-percent tailor-made and start out with sketches, based on conversations with the future owners.

The design and construction process takes about 1.5 months. Watch the video below to see how the undertaking occurs.

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