Photoshop Chops

Opel Signum Steinmetz Panel Van with gold Rays TE37 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Opel Signum Steinmetz Panel Van with Rays TE37

When the Opel Signum first came out I thought it was a horrible design with odd proportions. Not much has changed over the years – I still think the proportions are not great on the Insignia. But nonetheless, my motto is that you can turn every boring car into something more interesting. Et voilà – let me present the two-door Opel Insignia Panel Van with a Steinmetz bodykit and a Thule box on the roof rack. Gold colored Rays TE37 wheels look good on most cars and prove the point that often the wheels make the car look good in the first place. It was fun creating this with Adobe Photoshop. Now, who dares to do this in real life?

Opel Insignia Steinmetz Panel Van with gold Rays TE37 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Renault R21 Turbo Gendarmerie | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Renault R21 Turbo Gendarmerie

This is another one of those lunch break quickies. Found an old picture of a Renault R21 Turbo, as driven by the French Gendarmerie Nationale. Larger diameter OEM+ wheels, lowering and a few details here and there. Done.

Renault R21 Turbo Gendarmerie | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

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 à 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! 🙂

Land Rover Defender 110 Utility Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Land Rover Defender 110 Utility Wagon

For a very long time I wanted to photoshop a Land Rover Defender but for some reason or another I never did. Today I thought about it again and went to work on it immediately. Starting with a plain 110 Utility Wagon I lifted it substantially, added bigger wheels with BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, relocated the overfenders for more clearance and cut the rear quarter panel for a better departure angle. Winch and snorkel are a must on any 4×4 in my opinion, but I went a different route with the roof rack. Instead of utilizing the old fashioned style, I tried to create an integrated and more aerodynamic version complete with spare tire and jerrycans. To finish it off, I added a blue camouflage design. Now… I’d love to hop in, take it off-road and get it dirty. 

Land Rover Defender 110 Utility Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Click here to see the original picture.

FIAT 130 Opera by Pininfarina | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

FIAT 130 Opera by Pininfarina

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. Scott Adams
Nobody would have even the faintest doubt that the FIAT engineers created a lot of problems when they came up with the FIAT 130 and 130 Coupé, because these vehicles shared virtually no parts with other FIAT models from that period. Even the Aurelio Lampredi designed V6 engine is not identical with the machine used in the Dino. But nonetheless – the 130 Coupé is a beautiful automobile – and definitely more elegant than the somewhat baroque sedan model. The guys at the Pininfarina design studios must have had the same thought and created a four-door model based on the design of the coupé. Quite a stunning vehicle with almost perfect proportions – but as I never liked the tall and narrow wheels of the Seventies I updated the looks with more modern wheels and tires. Larger diameter, lower profile and a substantial drop in ride height all of a sudden make the vehicle look more contemporary timeless.

FIAT 130 Opera by Pininfarina | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

See the original image here for comparison.

Chevrolet Celebrity ad customized | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Chevrolet Celebrity Ad Customized

Who didn’t love “spot the differences” pictures as a kid?

A friend of mine recently bought a Pontiac Bonneville SSE and one of the line-drawings in the manual left us guessing which car it actually depicted. It definitely wasn’t a Bonneville, that’s for sure. But, as always, our collective car brains eventually figured out what it was: an A-body Chevrolet Celebrity. While searching our brains google I found this old ad for the aforementioned vehicle and send it to my friends. We had a good laugh, mostly because of the mentioning of advanced technology. 🙂

Anyway… being the photoshop artist I am, there was no way I could leave the picture alone. Keeping with my motto that every vehicle has at least some sort of potential to look less boring I went to work. Ten minutes later it was finished: lowered, wheels anlarged and changed from convex to concave surface, sideskirts modified and a front airdam added. Looks less forgetable now, doesn’t it?

Chevrolet Celebrity ad customized | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Time and again it is basically just a matter of subtle changes like lowering the car and adding a nice(er) set of wheels to make it look better…

Original picture for reference:

Chevrolet Celebrity ad | reference picture

Volvo 262C Bertone custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Volvo 262C Coupé Bertone

“A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.” Ogden Nash

It really makes me wonder what the photographer of the original picture had in mind, when he placed a rather large dog in the rear seat of the Volvo 262C? Is it possible that he wanted to illustrate that dogs are good companions and like to travel in Volvos? Good idea, but judging by the dogs’ rather sad face he might have actually prefered to ride in a 265 station wagon.

The original picture was on my hard drive for more than a decade. The first try on modifying this vehicle is just as old – and was horrible. So I saved it and forgot about it. A chance encounter with a 262C on the Autobahn last week reminded me of the old file and I openened it in Photoshop again… only to delete it minutes later. After a quick search for the same picture with better size and resolution, I started to modify it again. This time around I changed a vital part that I didn’t think about ten years ago: the rear fender. The Volvo 200-series cars have a rear fender cutout that prohibits lowering the car without looking odd, because the upper part of the wheel disappears behind the sheetmetal. Once that was fixed I selected a set of wheels with period correct design, lowered the car, modified the front spoiler and added the black stripes.

Volvo 262C Coupe Bertone | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

It took ten years to finally finish this one, but now I’m happy with the result. If you have any suggestions what could be done differently or better, please let me know in the comments. Thank you in advance.

Plymouth Reliant Robin Panel Van Trike | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Plymouth Reliant Robin Panel Van Trike

“Every great inspiration is but an experiment – though every experiment we know, is not a great inspiration.” Charles Ives

Inspiration comes from many sources. When it comes to cars, a friend of mine often unwittingly provides inspiration for photoshop chops. He had been looking at a car with the possible intent of buying it and sent a set of pictures to our Facebook group. None of us recognized the vehicle even after he told us what it was, but everybody came up with the same joke in return: Plymouth Reliant? Oh wait… wasn’t there a funny tricycle called Reliant Robin that kept rolling over in one of the TopGear episodes a few years ago? We had a good laugh and forgot about the malaise era car immediately afterwards. See it, turn around and the next second the memory is blank again. Not really what you would call an enthusiast car, right? Yes… but hey, I can’t help it: the pictures of the pale yellow car and the Reliant Robin jokes sparked an idea…

Plymouth Reliant Robin Panel Van Trike | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Here is the inspirational TopGear video mentioned above:

Jaguar E-Type Mk3 V12 widebody

Jaguar E-Type Mk3 V12 with bolt-on overfenders

The Jaguar E-Type is one of the automotive icons of the 20th century, along with the Citroën DS. Most people, including most of my friends from Passau Classics, think that these iconic cars should not be messed with and any modification deviating from 100% originality is deemed evil. If you are a regular reader you already know that I created a DS Shooting Break and hence you will not be surprised about the latest creation. Unlike the DS, which is completely my idea and design, the Jaguar E-Type Mk3 V12 you see below is inspired by the current trend of bolting fender flares to cars.

As per my opinion that parts should not only be cosmetic but also serve a purpose, I choose the Jaguar as a base for this conversion. The original body of the E-Type is not designed to accomodate wide wheels due to the shape of the fenders. An update to state-of-the art coilovers along with a healthy drop in ride height and a set of larger and wider wheels necessitates the above mentioned bolt-on fenders. Oh… and of course cutting off substantial parts of the original bodywork in the process. The purists out there might not like it a tiny bit or even hate it, but like-minded enthusiasts might love it even more. 😉

Jaguar E-Type Mk3 V12 with widebody kit | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Aston Martin Lagonda PanelVanConversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Aston Martin Lagonda Panel Van Conversion

Five years ago I created a photoshop chop image of an Aston Martin Lagonda Limousine Dragster. Ever since then I wondered what an accompagnying shop truck could look like. Today, while watching the 24h race of the Nürburgring, I finally did it. From the front to the B-pillar it is 100% original, but everything further back has been modified. In order to prevent the vehicle to look tail-heavy, I decided to add a window just aft of the B-pillar. This makes the vehicle look more elegant and concentrates more optical weight in the center of the car. And to make an already long car look even longer, I lowered it.  Larger diameter wheels with less sidewall give it a more modern look and the pinstripe is the icing on the cake. Now – who wouldn’t love to haul parts for the shop with this rig?

Aston Martin Lagonda Panel Van Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)