What if? These vehicles could be real…


Zündapp Janus 7500 4×4

Zündapp Janus 7500 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)Watching the 2nd Pixar Cars movie inspired me to photoshop a Zündapp Janus. A couple of hours later, this little monster was born: a modified Janus body with partially blocked windows, sitting atop a Willys Jeep frame. Simple, clever and easy. OK, I admit that it might be a tad more challenging to create this in reality. However, I did find a Renault 4 bodied Jeep a couple of years ago in France…

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Mercedes-Benz W123 Pick-up by Baumgartner

Mercedes-Benz W123 Pick-up by Baumgartner | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)Once again, a colleague challenged me to do a lunch break “quickie chop”. This time it was inspired by finding a stunning bagged and stanced Mercedes-Benz W123. A quick search provided an interesting base to start with: the W123 Pick-up by Baumgartner. Due to the limited time available, there was only so much I could do with it. Obviously, the vehicle is lowered substantially and sports period-correct aftermarket wheels. But there are also some modifications less obvious, like the shaved rear door and the relocated rear fender well. Hey… it could have been done that way back then 😉

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Citroën DS 21 Shooting Break

VirtualModels Citroen DS 21 Shooting Break | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)Let’s start the new year with modifying a design icon, shall we? As far as I know, nobody ever built a two-door wagon version of the Citroën DS. This is very unfortunate, because a shooting break of La Déesse would be more than awesome. Ever since seeing these fantastic automobiles in France as a young boy, I thought the roof line of the DS Break doesn’t really flow with the overall shape and lines of the car. Please, somebody with the funds and skills on hand, build this! Rest assured – it would certainly win a few prizes at a concours d’elegance in the future or fetch a high price at an auction…

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Citroën BX Coupé 16 Soupapes

Citroen BX Coupé 16 Soupapes | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)Let’s suppose you are a Citroën enthusiast who, at some point in his life, wondered why the French automaker never bothered to produce a two-door Coupé version of the BX series. Well, dare I say it wouldn’t have looked ugly at all! The straight lines of the body actually are very inviting to try different styles, in my humble opinion. A shortened wheelbase, deleting the rear doors, adding a period correct set of alloy wheels and changing a few little things here and there make for a nice concept of what the Citroën BX Coupé could have looked like. Et voilà, mesdames et messieurs, c’est fini!

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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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