Heritage Customs builds moon dust vintage V8

• Hand-built one-of-one Heritage Customs Vintage
• Features bespoke matt Moon Dust metallic paint
• Milled aluminium air vents, grille and headlight surrounds
• Solid Flamed Oak deck in the back

Next to the Heritage Customs steel wheels, a fully reupholstered interior and wooden rear compartment floor.

This Heritage Customs Vintage – based on a 1985 Land Rover Defender 90 V8 – features a bespoke Moon Dust matte paint.

Jan-Pieter Kroezen, Co-Owner of Heritage Customs, said: “This latest bold, yet sympathetic, Heritage Customs Vintage restomod commission features a satin Moon Dust paint finish. It changes color subtly – depending on the amount of light which hits the body. The body, deliberately, proudly still wears some of its battle scars – instead of being over-restored: an ode to the previous life of this car. The owner of this 1985 Defender V8 was keen to co-design a stylish and understated Vintage model with us. At Heritage Customs, we call this ‘carchitecture’. Together, we opted to paint our Heritage Customs milled aluminum side and bonnet vents; as well as, the bespoke front bumper black – matching the roof and wheels. Non-automotive black leather and quilted Alcantara – also, color-match to the roof and wheels – was applied to trim the seats, dashboard; as well as, rear benches. The floor of the rear compartment was equipped with solid wood. The owner was keen to not make this floor out of teak because, in his view, the rugged Flamed Oak Wood complements the character of this confident Vintage better.

“This bespoke Heritage Customs Vintage V8 is a friendly, yet self-assured, design statement with distinctive aluminum details on the exterior and color-coded extra-wide steel wheels. Furthermore, our customer selected a simple and clean front bumper design from our range of custom-made bumpers and side steps. Full LED lights all-around complement the package – without harming the classical looks: They modernize the quintessential Defender character and, simultaneously, offer an increased light output. The grille – one of several which we designed at Heritage Customs for the iconic Defender – like the headlight surrounds, are milled from solid aluminum and painted – black in-line with the understated look. The client opted to equip his Heritage Customs Vintage V8 with a manual transmission for a pure driving experience.”

The collaboration was an opportunity for Lincoln to test and learn; while exploring the use of different colors and new materials in designing vehicles.

Shannin Washburn, Shinola CEO, said: “After our initial meeting with the Lincoln team, it was clear that we shared the same passion for well-designed, beautifully-crafted products. Designers from both brands came together to create an ultra-luxury vehicle which still embodies Shinola’s aesthetic of approachable luxury with thoughtful details. You can see this in the touches of copper inspired by our bike seats and the brand strip incorporated into the leather seats.”

Commissioning a Heritage Customs Vintage

The prices for a Heritage Customs Vintage start from €50,000 ($60,000) excluding taxes depending on the preferred donor vehicle and individual customer requirements. All Heritage Customs projects are 100 percent tailor-made and start out with sketchesbased on conversations with the future owners. The design and construction process of the Heritage Customs Vintage is about one-and-a-half months. A selection of Heritage-Customs-specific wheels are available for the Vintage (iconic Defender); as well as, Valiance (new Defender). Heritage Customs is the only manufacturer worldwide focusing solely on the Land Rover Defender: For instance, the range of forged alloy wheels are designed specifically with the classic and new Defender in mind.

About Heritage Customs, studio for “carchitecture”

The Heritage Customs focus is on aesthetics, offering carchitecture as a service. Heritage Customs will make each client a highly-personal motorcar. Through Heritage Customs, customers can create their own legacy. A Heritage Customs Defender is the ultimate expression of each individual client. Whatever it is which inspires them, the Heritage Customs team will integrate their wishes in a vehicle which will reflect their ideas and taste whether it is a subtle detail or a grander gesture. A selection of Heritage Customs options are available for the Vintage (iconic Defender); as well as, Valiance (new Defender).

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