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Ragtop Defender for Land Rover’s 60th?



In April Land Rover will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, and the firm looks set for a raft of activity to mark the occasion. There’s likely to be plenty of enthusiast events across the globe, and probably the inevitable special-edition vehicles, but could there be a convertible version of the iconic Defender?

It’s the spiritual successor to the originalworkhorse Land Rover that made its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show in April 1948, and there hasn’t been a convertible since the early Nineties. The car would go head-to-head with the all-new soft-top version of the Jeep Wrangler, which has about to go on sale in Europe.


When we put the convertible question to Land Rover UK boss John Edwards, his reply was somewhat non-committal. “Who knows what we might do?” he said with a smile. “It would be nice, wouldn’t it?”


Read into that what you will, but then Edwards added: “The advanced design team led by Julian Thomson has lots of sketches of soft-top Land Rovers – Range Rover Sports, Freelanders and Defenders. They have hundreds of things like that, and we get them out from time to time and look at them.”


So watch this space for this first convertible Land Rover for a generation.

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