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Toyota GR Supra A90 Targa | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Toyota GR Supra Targa (A90)

Toyota GR Supra Targa (A90)

After teasing enthousiasts with prototypes for years, Toyota has finally reveiled the brand new GR Supra (A90) earlier this week. Many fans claim the design is horrible, because the lines of the stunning FT-1 Prototype have been adjusted to fit the shorter wheelbase BMW Z4 chassis. This statement is true to an extent, but a healthy dose of lowering stretches the vehicle optically. I also converted the car to Targa specification (aka T-Top), which also helps with the proportions – at least when the targa roof is off. Advan Racing GT alloys with an inch more diameter than the stock wheels, and a Brembo big brake kit with carbon ceramic discs, prepare the car for the power upgrades surely offered by various tuning outlets soon. Toyota, please make a targa version of this sportscar!

Please let me know what you think about my concept in the comments.
Best regards,
Sebastian Motsch / virtualmodels.org

Toyota GR Supra A90 Targa | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion Merry Christmas | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Merry Christmas!

2018 was a successful year for my photoshop blog VirtualModels. Many thanks to everybody for your support, encouraging words and great ideas for improvements.
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2018 war ein erfolgreiches Jahr für meinen Photoshop Blog VirtualModels. Herzlichen Dank an alle für Eure Unterstützung, ermunternde Worte und großartige Verbesserungsvorschläge.
Ich wünsche Euch allen Frohe Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!

Herzliche Grüße and yours sincerely – Sebastian Motsch

Merry Christmas to everybody! Frohe Weihnachten!

Bugatti EB110 Widebody Conversion Merry Christmas | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

 

 

FIAT Ducato Dangel 4x4 Surf Van | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

FIAT Ducato Dangel 4×4 | Surf Van

“Eat. Sleep. Surf.”

Great idea, but before embarking on an adventure and just doing what the sticker says, you have to build a go-anywhere vehicle that will take you even to the most remote of beaches. Let’s suppose your funds are limited and you have to make do with whatever base vehicle you find in your area. If it happens to be a FIAT Ducato Mk1 or Peugeot J5 with Dangel 4×4, you’re a lucky chap. Provided the rust has not eliminated most of the metal, it is a fairly good base to start with. Build a lift-kit, add overfenders, source some nice wheels and appropriate BF Goodrich rubber, build a camper interior that suits your needs, load up the surfboard and drive to the beach. Should you have forgotten to stop at the supermarket, it’s just surfing and sleeping for you and you’ll have to ask fellow campers for something to eat. 😉

FIAT Ducato Dangel 4x4 Surf Van | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

P.S.: The trim-line stickers are losely based on the original stickers of the Ducato 4×4.

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Lada Niva VAZ 21213 V8 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Lada Niva VAZ 21213 V8 Hot Rod

When the Lada Niva (aka VAZ 21213) was launched in 1976, the iron curtain was not even half way through its existence. It would take another 13 years until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, triggering the demise of the iron curtain. Now in 2018, 29 years later, this particular vehicle is still in production. Apart from using your new Niva (aka Taiga, aka 4×4) in the woods for hunting or similar activities it was intended to be great at, you could convert it to a hotrod. Yes, a hotrod. Find an old frame, throw all the good old performance parts at it along with a nice V8 engine and enjoy the balmy new car smell inhale cheap plastic fumes in your brand new, top-chopped cabin. I sincerely hope that someone builds this, or sends me pictures if such a beautiful thing contraption already exists. Just imagine rocking up in this hot rod at your local cars and coffee. Every other vehicle present would be invisible instantly.

Lada Niva VAZ 21213 V8 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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BMW E21 323i with GM LS1 V8 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

BMW E21 323i with GM LS1 V8 engine swap

A rainy sunday with cold wind gustst at the end of a super dry summer. No reason to leave the house and plenty of time to photoshop something. After fiddling around with a couple of projects that never quite get finished, I found a picture of a BMW E21 323i and immediately started modifying it. The most obvious choice would have been a BMW V8 engine swap, but because I wanted a USDM style theme on the vehicle, it made more sense to pretend that it is converted to a GM LS1 V8. The NASCAR inspired steel wheels give the car a more or less period-correct look and the overfenders add a more modern touch. The stance is a compromise between aggressive fitment and driveability – not too low, to remain functional. I removed the trim on the sides and the rear bumper and replaced them with two black stripes. The Alpina front spoiler, the rear wing and the diffusor create an aerodynamic package that has yet to be tested in a wind tunnel. This BMW E21 could be a daily driver with ample power and excellent gas mileage. Now, who wouldn’t want to have one?

BMW E21 323i with GM LS1 V8 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Daihatsu Materia Sport Panel Van Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Daihatsu Materia Sport | Panel Van Conversion

Lately I had a phone conversation with a friend and he asked me what I think about Daihatsu. Due to my experiences with Daihatsu vehicles, I’m quite fond of the engineering, reliability and longevity. I drove my first Daihatsu Cuore (aka Mira) while studying in Karlsruhe, had a long-term hire Sirion while living in South Africa and even took that one to 4×4 trails without any worries or problems. Mind you, it was not the all wheel drive version. I have never driven a Materia, but it definitely is on my bucket list. I like the styling of the body very much, but the dashboard with the centered instruments doesn’t do it for me. Researching the PCD and availability of tuning parts, I stumbled upon the Inden Design shop truck. Taking this concept a bit further is easy with photoshop. Remove the rear doors, convert it to a panel van and it’s done. Or isn’t it? To make the converted car look good, I modified the rake of the B-pillar and changed a few things here and there to get the proportions right. Once finished it received some spice: I lowered it, added vintage Gotti wheels and converted them to multi-piece with BBS barrels. Now, would you jump into this Materia to fetch some parts or deliver pizza?

Daihatsu Materia Sport Panel Van Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Lincoln Continental Mark V Cartier Edition 4x4 Pickup | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Lincoln Continental Mark V Cartier Edition | 4×4 UTE Conversion

A friend of mine has a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V Bill Blass Edition. It is quite a barge and a lot of space is wasted for nothing but looks. But how do they say in Texas? Bigger is better. And the bigger the base, the easier a 4×4 conversion is. To add more utility to a vehicle that is rather useless for transportation purposes in stock form, I modified a Cartier Edition into an El Camino style pick-up. The friends down under call this a UTE. The shortened nose provides a better approach angle and should make it easy to navigate the trickier areas of your equestrian estate farm.

Lincoln Continental Mark V Cartier Edition 4x4 Pickup | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Add the matching bed cover for those rainy days and carry your Cartier handbags garden tools safe and dry.

Lincoln Continental Mark V Cartier Edition 4x4 Pickup Cab | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Cadillac Seville Coupé | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Cadillac Seville Coupé

The second generation (1980-1985) of the Cadillac Seville is a beautiful rather ugly vehicle. The chopped trunk is a weird design feature and was never really considered cool at any point in time. I remember one custom Mk2 Seville from roughly twenty years ago that was chopped, lowered and equipped with then-cool billet wheels that I liked. However, they did keep the four doors and ever since then I wondered what a two-door conversion might look like. A couple of weeks ago I found a nice picture and went straight to work. The result is more interesting than beautiful, but as I didn’t expect much I can’t be disappointed. I love the color, though.

Cadillac Seville Coupé | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Assistenza Servizio | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Sportivo

The Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Sportivo pictured here is a follow-up to the Alfasud Furgone Sportivo I created last year. Basically the same idea, executed on a far more modern chassis (Type 939). I found a great picture of a metallic red 159 ti wagon and started, with the finished picture already in my mind. But then… I did the sensible thing got carried away and one idea led to another. From a simple all-red panel van conversion it escalated to a two-tone Alfa Romeo Assistenza & Servizio wagon, inspired by this Giulia Giardinera. To break up the hard contrast at the B-pillar and to lessen the impression of a simple hack-job, I added a small quarter window. This would also help the driver to better see pedestrians and cyclists when turning corners. I would really love to build this in 1:1 scale…

Alfa Romeo 159 Furgone Assistenza Servizio | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Renault R18 Turbo Shooting Break | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Renault R18 Shooting Break

This is another one of those 15 minute challenges. I found a (very small and bad quality) picture of a Renault R18 Turbo wagon and thought this might look good converted into a shooting break. The actual shooting break conversion was done in six minutes, but it took forever to modify the rear wheel arch and to get the stance just right. The original ride height is more suited to a 4×4 trail than to a regular road and naturally I changed it. I kept the original wheel design, but increased the diameter an inch to 15″. This was fun, but it’s a shame the quality of the picture is horrible.

Renault R18 Turbo Shooting Break | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Prefer stock ride height and body? Check out the original picture.

PS: I might re-create this with a better picture at some point in the future.

Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Surfer Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser | Surfer Special 1967

A quick sketch on a napkin during lunch break last week inspired me to transform a full-size Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser into a station wagon surfers would have loved back in the late Sixties. Thanks to deleting the rear doors, the trunk space now reaches all the way forward to the B-pillar, which gives you plenty of room for the gear and a large sleeping area. The side glass has been replaced with metal, allowing for insulation and storage compartments on the inside walls. To ensure the period-correct look and feel I added fake wood to the sides, which is sourrounded by chrome trim. This also helps to stretch the lines of the vehicle. Imagine to lie in there with your favorite beach babe after a long day of surfing, pulling the curtains shut and gazing at the stars through the vista roof.

Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Surfer Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Check out the original image for comparison.

Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 Panel Van Conversion Speedhunters Livery | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Toyota FJ Cruiser GSJ15W | 2-Door Panel Van Conversion

To be quite honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Toyota FJ Cruiser styling. However, I appreciate the value for money this vehicle gives any aspiring off-roader. These are very capable vehicles and there are lots of aftermarket parts available to improve it. When Larry Chen of Speedhunters fame bought his manual transmission FJ and started posting his stunning pictures, I literally looked at it in a different light. When modified, it doesn’t look bad at all and I was wondering what I could do to make my vision stand out from all the other modified FJs out there.  Even though the design doesn’t naturally lend itself to being modified into a 2-door version,  I thought I’d give it a try. To keep one of the main design features of the FJ, I carried the door/roof line over to the concept and kept the two-tone paint scheme. The shorter wheelbase I first tried looked rather silly due to odd proportions and therefore I decided to keep the original. The resulting proportions hint at the equivalent Land Rover Defender 110. A meatier set of BF Goodrich tires on budget-friendly steel wheels called for alterations of the front bumper, even though a lift kit with coil springs was utilized. While at it, the rear bumper was also modified to improve the departure angle and because two spare tires are better than one, I mounted them Dakar or Baja 1000 style in the area formerly occupied by the trunk.

Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 Panel Van Conversion Speedhunters Livery | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

If you want to compare the panel van conversion to the original picture, click here.

Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon Panel Van Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon | Panel Van Conversion

After the recent modification of a Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham I went looking for more GM B-platform cars that could be modified. I found a picture of a Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon and immediately started to modify it. What I came up with is essentially similar to a Chevrolet Nomad: a two-door wagon. Because it looked rather odd with windows, I decided to take the conversion even further by modifying it into a panel van, lowering the car and giving it a wider track. Thanks to the body-on-frame design this shouldn’t be too hard to create in reality.

Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon Panel Van Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

You don’t like it? Please feel free to enjoy the original picture.

BMW E9 3.0 Gran Coupé

Staring at the undercarriage of a car that has massive rust issues is more depressing than inspiring. Combing the rust particles out of my scalp proved to be inspiring though, because the vehicle in question is a gorgeous Hofmeister-designed BMW E9 coupé a friend of mine bought last year – sight unseen. As always, I let my mind wander in the following days to see what ideas I could come up with. Shooting Break? No, I want to do something else with it and create something out of the ordinary. CS means Coupé Sport and while talking about the recent trend of labeling new BMWs Gran Coupé, the coin dropped. A long list of modifications would be necessary to bring this to life. It sounds easier to do this in Adobe Photoshop, but it went through a lot of iterations until I was happy with the result.

Apart from the obvious additon of two doors, there are many modifications you likely didn’t spot right away when looking at the picture. The wheelbase is slightly longer to create room for the passengers feet and the front doors are shorter to keep the proportions in check. Extending the roof was a challenge in itself, because I also had to adjust the chrome trim above the windows. The E9 has frameless windows and I wanted to keep it that way. In order to be able to open the rear windows fully, I had to design a guide for the window, because I didn’t want to alter the C-pillar. Subtle, elegant and practical, just as the Karmann designers and engineers might have done it when challenged with such a task back in the days. Content with how the 4-door body turned out, I turned my attention to the wheels. The dinky original 14″ wheels look too small even for the 2-door and therefore I decided to utilize 15″ wheels with the same design. The hubcaps were carried over from the original 14″ wheels.

For comparison, please take a look at the original picture.

 BMW E9 Gran Coupé | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Porsche 928 GTS Widebody Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Porsche 928 GTS | Widebody Kit with Overfenders

Ever since driving an early Porsche 928 at the age of 21 I loved these futuristic but timeless grand tourers. The only thing that always bothered me design-wise was the shape of the fenders. On the later models they are wider, but still have a weird shape that make the car look strange when lowered. No worries though, as this can easily be improved with photoshop. While at it, I realized that this wouldn’t work on the real car and I had to find a solution. Overfenders have been popular to fix wheel fitment issues for decades and are now more popular than ever before. Instead of taking an exaggerated approach like Kato-san from LB Works, I designed a more subtle set of overfenders that tie into the original design of the 928 and cover the concave Forgiato wheels. To clean up the flanks, the door handles have been integrated into the side trim of the car. The air vents are integrated into the original bodywork and help to keep the brakes cool.

Originalists might cringe and prefer to look at the original picture.

Porsche 928 GTS Widebody Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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! 🙂

Aston Martin Lagonda Panel Van Conversion | 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)

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Furgone Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Furgone Sportivo

Many years ago I saved a picture of an Alfa Romeo Alfasud Giardinetta on my computer. I fiddled around with it now and then but never liked the outcome. But when I created the BMW 2002 Turbo panel wagon a couple of weeks ago I remembered the Giardinetta. After opening the picture and covering the windows it was only a matter of a few hours until the Furgone conversion was finished. I hope you enjoy and like my take on the Alfasud with lowered suspension, multi-piece wheels, low profile tires and blacked out chrome parts.

Alfa Romeo Alfasud Furgone Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Volvo 480 Turbo Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Volvo 480 Turbo Wagon

While recently discussing shooting breaks and the design of the Volvo 480 Turbo with a friend of mine, we agreed that the proportions of the vehicle are rather odd. In my opinion, the proportions are off because the front overhang is way too long. Or is the rear overhang just too short? Whatever the case may be – the latter is a lot easier to fix. I wanted to stick to my motto that it must be possible to create something not only in photoshop but in reality as well. This is what we came up with: the Volvo 480 Turbo Wagon. I purposely kept it looking stock, apart from a set of BBS LM wheels, lowering and a front airdam. Looking at the picture I wonder why Volvo didn’t think of that and built it? They are the wagon company after all, aren’t they?

Now only one question remains: who dares to build this beautiful and elegant two-door wagon?

BMW 2002 Turbo Panel Wagon Concept | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

BMW 2002 Turbo Panel Wagon with BBS E50

In case you’re not a friend of the Saharabeige BMW 2002 Turbo Panel Wagon, here is a different version for you: medium grey with M-colored turbo stripes. Instead of placing them on the usual location on the front fender, I opted to put it on the door. This creates a nice mirror-like effect with the A-pillar, which is almost shaped like an arrowhead pointing in the direction of travel. Next up will be an El Camino style pick-up. Stay tuned!

BMW 2002 Turbo Panel Wagon Concept | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Check out the BMW 2002 4-door touring this conversion is based on.

BMW 2002 Turbo Panel Wagon Concept | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

BMW 2002 Turbo Panel Wagon

Creating the BMW 2002 Touring was so much fun that I decided to run with the idea and turn it into a panel wagon. I kept the shortened front doors to maximize cargo space in the spacious rear compartment. Having done that I noticed that the half of the vehicle looked rather bland. 2002 Turbo fender flares and BBS E50 center-lock wheels help tremendously to remedy this situation. Gotta haul those BMW Motorsport parts in style!

PS: Wait for the next iteration if you don’t like the period-correct Saharabeige (oo6) of this version. 😉

BMW 2002 Turbo Panel Wagon Concept | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

BMW 2002 4-Door Touring Concept | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

BMW 2002 Touring 4-door

Waking up to the news that Paul Rosche (aka Nocken Paule) passed away yesterday inspired me to finish a long-overdue project: the BMW 2002 4-door Touring.

Why would somebody want to do that? Well, a friend of mine thought about converting a 1:24 scale model of a BMW 02-series to a station wagen. He challenged me to design such a car with Photoshop, so he could use the picture as a reference for the build. Challenge accepted… but as always, it took (a lot) longer than expected. We agreed to leave the wheelbase as is, which made it very difficult to get the proportions right. Yes, the front doors are shortened and the rear doors are a little too short and only suitable for children – but the 02-series was never known to have much space for grown-ups.  I wanted to keep the pop-out windows in the rear, even though it might only available at extra cost by ticking the right box on the order sheet. 😉

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Rest in peace, Mr. Rosche. May one of your brilliantly designed engines live in the engine bay of this vehicle – should anyone ever build it in 1:1 scale.

Please let me know if you like the design and if you’re interested to see the other versions I cooked-up, based on the same original picture. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

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)

 

 

Zündapp Janus 7500 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Zündapp Janus 7500 4×4

Watching the second 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.

Zündapp Janus 7500 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Renault R4 Rainbow Van | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Renault R4 Rainbow Van

The Renault R4 has always been a vehicle that accepts many modifications to the body without looking too weird. I kept it simple by just removing the rear doors and windows, lowering the ride height and adding larger diameter wheels. Just a quick chop over the weekend for fun. Peace 🙂

Renault R4 Rainbow Van | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)