Whether you want to upgrade your land rover defender customs for daily driving or you’re looking to take it on the wildest adventures, there are many ways to customize it. You can start with a frame-off restoration or build your own custom version from scratch, but either way, you’re going to have to shell out a pretty penny for one of these bespoke vehicles.
Niels Van Roij Design
When it comes to building Land Rover Defenders, Netherlands-based Niels van Roij’s Heritage Customs is the go-to shop for anyone who wants to get their hands on one of these off-roaders. The company’s most recent project is the Valiance, which is based on the new Defender.
Unleashing Your Creativity: The World of Land Rover Defender Customs
The exterior is finished in a sinister Santorini Black, with fender flares, widened wheel arches and other elements that instantly tell you this isn’t your typical everyday Defender. The vehicle also sports a distinctive front fascia, along with a set of custom-built wheels in a variety of styles and colors.
Richardet builds a mix of new build and spec projects, and he usually has at least six in the works at any given time. These include a number of one-off builds that aren’t available for purchase, like this example, or a series of custom commissions where he uses different combos of exterior paint and interior leather to pay homage to classic Defender color schemes.
Osprey Custom Cars
For those who don’t have a spare $100,000 in the bank to put toward a brand-new Defender, Osprey Custom Cars offers hand-built versions that use a 1991 U.S. Defender as a starting point, and then do everything from LS-swapped engines to galvanized chassis and Magic Metal to create an extremely beautiful SUV that can be as rustic or modern as you like. Osprey Custom Cars typically takes about eight weeks from the moment you contact them to taking home your new Defender, unless you have a particularly complicated request that might take more than that.