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Volvo VN 770 Custom

Volvo VN 770 Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)After modifying a Volvo VN series about two years ago and receiving many positive comments, I felt the urge to do it again. This time around it’s an older version of the much loved Volvo VN. Once again it turned out to be a great idea to keep it simple. Lowered over a set of larger chrome rims and adding a few aero enhancements do the trick quite easily. Hope you will like it!

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Buick Reatta V8 RWD

Buick Reatta V8 RWD conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)Some cars have potential, but nobody ever realizes it. The Buick Reatta is one such vehicle. Based on the FWD E platform, the proportions are far from ideal. Therefore I tried to imagine what it could have looked like, if based on a proper platform: the F platform, for example. It would have been possible for GM to use this platform, but for some reason or another they decided they wanted front wheel drive. I bet the Buick Reatta would have sold a lot better if equipped with a V8 engine and rear wheel drive…

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Lancia Trevi VX Camioncino

Lancia Trevi VX Camioncino | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)Imagine you own a catering service, specializing in fine Italian food and wines. To make your deliveries you could buy a nondescript van and wrap it in vinyl, advertising your services like everybody else does. When catering to upscale events at nice venues, you might be asked to park around the back with all the others. However, there is a solution that gives you and your business more positive exposure: the Lancia Trevi VX Camioncino.

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Renault 25 Turbo

Renault 25 Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)Another one of those challenges from a friend who likes French cars: “Photoshop this picture of a Renault 25 in one hour, just using what you have in the picture. No imported wheels, spoilers or anything else.”
Unfortunately, the car pictured is only a base model, meaning it doesn’t have painted bumpers. Now, who is happy about having flat black/grey bumpers? People in Paris! The traffic and parking is so bad that your bumpers are always going to receive a ding here and there (see Video below). Hence the Paris sticker ;-)
There is not much more one can do with this particular picture, but I hope you like the outcome anyways.

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Lancia Thema Turbo custom widebody

Lancia Thema Turbo custom widebody | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)The Lancia Thema is a nice example for timeless design from the 80’s/90’s. However, even in 8.32 guise it seems to be a little too slim. Grafting on a set of Lancia Delta Integrale inspired fenders on a four door sedan might not be that easy in reality – but well worth it! It gains so much presence when widened and lowered over a set of concave wheels. As often with VirtualModels modified pictures, you find some USDM sidemarker love in the picture ;-)

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Flat twelve powered Tatra T87

Tatra T87 Flat 12 engine | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)Everybody automatically thinks Porsche when hearing about air cooled, rear mounted engine configurations. But wait a minute, there are many more vehicles with this drivetrain concept around. Especially the vintage Tatras are often overlooked or simply forgotten. Combining the aerodynamic body of a Tatra T87 with an air-cooled engine made in Zuffenhausen is a logical step, don’t you think? Well then, why not go all the way then and make it a flat twelve, sourced from a legendary 917? Just imagine seeing the Mulsanne straight through that split front window…

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Volvo 460 Wagon

Volvo 460 Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)Visiting the world famous Gatebil event at the Rudskogen Motorsenter and seeing all the crazy builds the Scandinavians crank out every year really messes with your mind and lets the creativity go bonkers. Thinking outside the box is the norm rather than the exception. Hell, some don’t even bother with boxes at all! And therefore I’m proud to present you something the guys at Volvo Cars could have build back then, but for some reason or another didn’t: The Volvo 460 Wagon. Not a stock version of course… because this is VirtualModels after all ;-)

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Lincoln Town Car | NASCAR style

Lincoln Town Car Nascar style | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)If you have a friend with questionable bad taste, you get inspired once in a while to create something unique and really out of the box. Bespoke friend just bought a 2000 Lincoln Town Car and because of the wheels being in desperate need of replacement, we thought deep dish steelies would look great. One thing led to another and ten minutes later the vision nightmare was complete. But hold on, it now definitely needed “more low” and a wing. OK, finished! Let me present: the NASCAR style Lincoln Town Car.

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Land Rover Santana Series IIa Hot Rod

Land Rover Santana Series IIa Hot Rod Bomberos Linares | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)Creating a photoshop chop is easy, provided you have the tools, dedication and patience to do it properly. Creating a picture that stops people in their tracks because “it looks so real” is an entirely different story – and exactly what I aim for with my chops. Thinking about the possibility of building the project in reality is very important. Sometimes this is extremely complicated and prohibitively expensive – and sometimes it should be the proverbial piece of cake. This time around it’s the latter, because of the Land Rovers’ simple architecture, based on a ladder frame, and the straight panels. Y aquí – el Hot Rod des Bomberos de Linares. Why Linares? That’s easy to answer: because the Santana Series IIa in the picture I found is red and it has been built there. Or to use the phrase a friend coined many years ago: you can hot rod everything!

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The way to Gatebil…

Gatebil Dump Truck | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)… may be a rough one! And quite frankly, this might not be the ideal vehicle to throw sideways around the corners of the track. But what the hell? It’s about arriving at the on-site camping with something even regular visitors have never seen before. Add a bit of creativity to the build and you might just as well have the only motor home with a giant bed, which can be leveled at the flick of a switch. Just imagine driving this the next time you head to Mantorp Park or Rudskogen! Why? #BecauseGatebil !!!

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