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SAAB Sonett Mk1 Roadster | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

SAAB Sonett I Roadster

I have always loved the shape of the SAAB Sonett I roadster, but similar to the BMW  507 I never liked the stance and choice of wheels. Diameter too large, tires too skinny and a stance that would suit a 4×4 – not my cup of tea on a roadster intended to be driven hard. Fixing these three problems is exceptionally rewarding on many cars from the 60’s and 70’s, because the designs are often adorable. Apply this recipe to a first generation SAAB Sonett, add a set of American Racing Torq Thrust wheels and tires with white lettering on the sidewalls. Voilà, you have a roadster that it still tiny and nimble, but looks like it packs a lot more punch.

SAAB Sonett Mk1 Roadster | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

FIAT Multipla Triposto | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

FIAT Multipla Triposto

Following my recent idea about downsizing US-cars without losing interior space, and creating a funny-looking Cadillac in the process, got me thinking. If you can shrink something without compromising interior space, could you enlarge something like a smart fortwo and win an additional passenger seat? Not very likely because cutting, altering and welding the smart Tridion safety cell is next to impossible due to the material utilized. But if the smart can’t be enlarged easily, a FIAT Multipla with six seats sure enough can be shortened with a few basic power tools, can’t it?

Let me present the FIAT Multipla Triposto. The perfect car for a school run with two kids. Needs only a tiny space for parking, is very manouverable in tight cities and looks very adorable.
Okay… maybe adorable isn’t the right expression and cute in a weird way would probably better describe a short wheelbase Multipla.*

FIAT Multipla Triposto | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

* Or how would you describe a short wheelbase hippopotamus? 😉

 

Chrysler Voyager Mk1 Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Chrysler Voyager Mk1 Custom

The inspiration to photoshop a Chrysler Voyager Mk1 came from reading Brock Yates‘ book The Critical Path. The old one-box design minivans have a lot of potential for customizing, in my opinion. I tried to keep it in an 80’s style, but the stance is definitely a more contemporary approach…

Chrysler Voyager Mk1 Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Volkswagen Santana Mk1 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Volkswagen Santana Mk1

Sometimes a random memory sparks something. In this case I remembered, for some reason or another, that my French teacher once used to drive a very un-cool dark blue Volkswagen Santana Mk1. I searched the web for a suitable picture to use as a base – and got carried away… again.

This project evolved to be a custom Santana which a surfer might drive. The body is essentially stock, but a roof-rack with a surfboard has been added. The car was then lowered over a set of vintage Corvette wheels with tires sporting red stripes. A couple of surf-related stickers, a few details here and there and it was finished. Point proven, even a VW Santana has potential to look (somewhat) cool. 😉

Volkswagen Santana Mk1 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Mitsubishi Eclipse Mk1 GSR-4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Mitsubishi Eclipse Mk1 GSR-4

Even though I’m not a huge fan of front wheel drive cars in general, I do appreciate some of them. Especially when a four wheel drive option was available. The first and second generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse are good examples of such cars. Nice to look at and fun to drive. We’ll just ignore the rather ugly third generation for the time being. Concerning the picture I didn’t really modify a lot, apart from enhancing the looks of the original Japan-spec body kit and adding a set of nice wheels. Can you spot the other changes?

Mitsubishi Eclipse Mk1 GSR-4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

 

Range Rover Mk1 Parts Express | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Range Rover Mk1 Off-Road Delivery Vehicle

Let’s imagine you own a company operating in the express delivery business. If somebody orders e.g. car parts, your company usually delivers the parts with a van or truck. But what if you need to deliver something in a more remote area, which standard delivery vehicles can’t access? Well, here is my solution this side of a parts drop from a helicopter: the we-deliver-your-order-anywhere-without-hassles Range Rover off-road delivery vehicle. This Mk1 has been modified to carry boxes and parcels in the back. The cargo bay is accessible from three sides via roll-up doors. Who wouldn’t like to have that?

… and for your well-earned holidays, just add a roof-top tent and put your supplies into the cargo bay. 🙂

Range Rover Mk1 Parts Express | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Alfa Romeo 33 Cuore Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Alfa Romeo 33 Mk1 Cuore Sportivo

Well, does it always have to be a high gloss paint job and perfect finish? No, definitely not. Sometime less is more. If you focus on the fun to drive factor, optics are somewhat irrelevant. Therefore it’s a base trim model this time. Black bumpers and trim, just a set of multi-piece Alfa Romeo wheels added to this Mk1 33. And lowered, of course. 😉

Alfa Romeo 33 Cuore Sportivo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Audi quattro Mk1 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Audi quattro Mk1 with Fuchs wheels from a Porsche 911

So… why should the famous and classic Fuchs alloy wheels only be used on Porsches? They suit this Mk1 Audi quattro quite well, don’t they? The vehicle in the picture is actually based on a coupé GT, with the fender flares, Audi sport color scheme, etc. added in photoshop.

Audi quattro Mk1 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Volkswagen Bakkie | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Volkswagen Bakkie

The new Volkswagen Bakkie was introduced to the South African market on April 1st 2008. It is based on the Passat Variant and succeeds the Golf based Volkswagen Caddy Mk1.

Volkswagen Bakkie | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Info: South Africans call pick-up trucks Bakkies. They are called UTE in Australia.

Volkswagen Jetta Mk1 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Volkswagen Jetta Mk1 with Scirocco Mk2 taillights

The Volkswagen Jetta Mk1 was neither a sporty nor a very elegant vehicle – but little modifications sometimes go a long way. I added the taillights from a Scirocco Mk2, extended the fender flares, lowered the ride height and added alloy wheels. Done, simple as that (and it even gives the rear a hint of BMW E21).

Volkswagen Jetta Mk1 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)