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Nissan Skyline GT-R35 pick-up motorcycle transporter | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Nissan Skyline GT-R35 Motorcycle Transporter

A friend of mine came up with the idea of converting a Nissan Skyline GT-R35 to transport a motorcycle in style. And hey, why shouldn’t you want to do do just that? All you need is a GT-R35, right? Measure the motorcycle, in this case a Kawasaki Ninja H2R, and figure out how you want it to sit once loaded. I prefer to have it flowing with the lines of the car, so I located it rather low. It should still clear the rear axle, though. Now just get the cutting tools out and have fun slicing this fine sportscar into various pieces. Extend the wheelbase, fabricate some panels and you’re almost finished. This is what I thought and the result didn’t please me one bit, to be honest. Therefore I went to the additional trouble of adding a set of butterfly doors ร  la Mazda RX-8 and a set of overfenders for the rear wheels. So far so good – but the conversion wouldn’t be complete without lowering and a set of nice Forgiato wheels and Pirelli P Zero tires. And while we are at it, we might as well add brakes from the Liberty Walk Lamborghini Murcielago for good measure to slow it down properly. Do you think Kato-san would approve?

Nissan Skyline GT-R35 pick-up motorcycle transporter | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Now load up your sportsbike, strap it down securely and have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Nissan Caravan GSL Silk Road | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Nissan Caravan SGL Silk Road | Rising Sun Van Conversion

Back in the 1970’s vanning was hot and a lot of people converted ordinary run of the mill vans into plush and colorful expressions of their (often weird) ideas.
Round bubble windows proved to be a popular addition and I wanted to include this period design feature by utilizing the rising sun flag theme. However, this vehicle is based on a more luxurious trim level and therefore I had to remove a couple of windows first.

Keeping the old spirit and adding current customizing flavors is what I had in mind with this one. The overall theme and choice of wheel design are a nod to the seventies, but the details take it right to current trends. The Nissan Caravan was therefore properly stanced to ensure nice fitment of the wheels. All the chrome trim has been blacked out for a more modern look, but all the badges are still proudly displayed. And just in case you’re wondering whether or not I would take this van for a surfing holiday: hell yeah!

Nissan Caravan GSL Silk Road | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

 

 

Nissan March Super Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Nissan March Super Turbo (EK10 GFR/GAR)

Fond childhood memories include a Nissan Micra with a huge soft top that could be openend electrically. Even though this was a nice feature that I enjoyed as a young passenger, the car still lacked something with it’s red paint, skinny tires and off-road like stance. Other markets enjoyed Micra / March versions that packed more ponies under the hood. One of these was the Nissan March Super Turbo (EK10 GFR/GAR) – a limited production (10.000) homologation model. Fitted with a nice bodykit from the factory, all it needs is a set of mesh wheels and a healthy drop.

Nissan March Super Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Japanese Nostalgic Car feature Nissan Sunny B310 Shooting Break and Toyota Corolla E82

Japanese nostalgic cars features my photoshop chops

About three years ago, John Roper found my interpretation of a Nissan Sunny B310 Shooting Break and featured it on his famous blog Japanese Classic Car. We exchanged a couple of nice emails and I was really proud that my photoshop chop even inspired him to attempt such a conversion on a real car.

What I wasn’t aware of is that the very same John Roper also wrote an article on Japanese Classic Car about my photoshopped E82 Toyota Corolla.ย  I might have discovered the second article only last week, but hey… it’s never too late to say thank you!

To see more awesome classic and vintage Japanese vehicles, visit the Japanese Nostalgic Car homepage.

 

Nissan CUE-X Wagon Concept | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Rare Nissan CUE-X Wagon Concept brochure found!

Today, I was rummaging through some boxes full of old car magazines and dealer brochures. While thinking about all the nice cars that are about to become classics, I found something interesting: a Nissan information brochure from 1985. In this brochure, the CUE-X Wagon concept car is presented with all the features and details, including engine specs. Considering the brochure is now 30 years old… this vehicle looks very modern even by today’s standards. I’d definitely consider buying one, if they’d offer it with a RB26DETT!

Nissan CUE-X Wagon Concept Brochure | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Nissan CUE-X Wagon Concept | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Alfa Romeo Arna | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Alfa Romeo Arna US-spec

When Alfa Romeo and Nissan decided to team up and produce a car, they made a big mistake. The Arna featured Italian underpinnings and Japanese styling. Excuse me? Shouldn’t this be the other way around? As much as I like cars with straight lines, this one was just too bland and the scudetto up front is a joke. The car might have been fun to drive, but seriously lacked presence. Was it a runaway sales success? Well… trying to figure that out shouldn’t be too hard. However, even the blandest car may be used a base for something a little more exciting. This worked. Sort of. OK, not really. Sorry! Just look at the beautiful hood ornament then, will you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Alfa Romeo ARNA | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsc (2014)

 

Nissan Leopard Shooting Break | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Nissan Leopard Shooting Break (UF31)

Regular visitors know that I do like two-door station wagons, aka Shooting Breaks. The UF31 Nissan Leopard responds nicely to the wagon treatment. A set of shorter springs and some multi-piece BBS wheels do alter the character a little and make the Leopard look sportier. Would be nice to have, wouldn’t it?

Nissan Leopard Shooting Break | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Nissan Bluebird Wagon 4WD U11 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Nissan Bluebird Wagon 4WD (U11)

Many crossover models came to the market in the last couple of years. Most of them just adding some plastic cladding to a regular wagon for that “offroad feeling” – but missing the underpinnings to actually go offroad without getting stuck. Just imagine what a cool old-school wagon on a rugged base with solid axles could have looked like back then, when cars where still properly designed by engineers. It could have looked like that: grafting a Nissan Bluebird Wagon body to a Datsun 4WD pick-up chassis. OK, it wouldn’t really be that easy in reality, due to the FWD architecture of the U11 Bluebird. But hey… what if? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nissan Bluebird Wagon 4WD (U11) | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

 

Nissan Sunny California Shooting Break | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Nissan Sunny 1500 California Shooting Break (B310)

The Nissan Sunny California is one of those typical Japanese cars from the late 70’s / early 80’s. Wood paneling as a styling cue from the 70’s? Check! A crude mix of chrome and black plastic parts? Check! Rear-view mirrors on the front fenders? Check! I took this yellow Sunny California and transformed it into a two-door Shooting Break. Why? Just because I like ’em better this way. The B310 wagon body has been modified extensively, lowered and fitted with a roof rack. A set of period correct wheels with white wall tires have also been added.

Nissan Sunny California Shooting Break | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Nissan PAO | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Nissan PAO with deep dish steelies

Well, seems like I do have a sweet spot for ugly ducklings. This Nissan PAO is one of them. Found a picture of the car a couple of years ago and knew that it’s design definitely needed some help. Chopped the top, added fender flares and retro wheels and made it look a little angry. Did it help? You decide.

Nissan PAO | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)