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Opel Rekord C Lieferwagen Van | Photoshop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Opel Rekord C Delivery Van

Flag GermanyOpel Rekord C Delivery Van

It is not often that I use an old black and white picture as a base for a photoshop chop. But sometimes I stumble upon a picture and immediately know what to do with it. Subtle, clean and simple, but with great impact was the idea this time around. The Opel Rekord C delivery van (Lieferwagen) has been lowered, the rear fenders have been widened and the grille has been modified. This gives it a muscle-car-like look and certainly more presence, doesn’t it? Just the right amount of lowering to give it a proper stance adds to the presence. Larger diameter and wider steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps go well with the classic overall look and keep the retro vibes.

Opel Rekord C Lieferwagen Van | Photoshop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

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SAAB 900 Turbo Cabriolet Bosozuku | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

SAAB 900 Turbo Cabriolet | Bōsōzoku Style

SAAB 900 Turbo Cabriolet | Bōsōzoku Style

Avid readers of Speedhunters and Japanese Nostalgic Car are familiar with the Japanese outlaw groups called 暴走族 (Bōsōzoku) and their tastefully modified vehicles. Most common base for building such vehicles are 1980’s JDM rear wheel drive sedans and coupés. However, if the owner has identified potential for an idea, just about any car might be used as a starting point and customized in one of these particular styles

A friend recently challenged me to create a Bōsōzoku inspired photoshop chop. Instead of resorting to the popular base vehicles, I opted to start with the least likely vehicle to be modified in this outrageous style: a safe and sensible Swedish SAAB 900 Turbo Cabriolet. SAAB could be ordered with three spoke alloys from the factory and therefore Yokohama Super Advan wheels suit perfectly. Converting this classic and throwing all the visual key elements into the mix was hilarious fun. Based on the prototype of the convertible, my interpretation of a Swedish Bōsōzoku vehicle includes many elements of Shakotan, Grachan and Bōsōzoku styles. Modified bonnet, oil cooler with externally routed oil lines, custom made sideskirts and massive front splitter, classic JDM fender mirrors, riveted overfenders and wonderfully tacky exhaust setup mounted in an unusual location. But because this is still a Swedish car, there are warnings stenciled onto the pipes. Safety first!

[Disclaimer: This picture was created without any serious thoughts. No SAAB was harmed in the process.]

 

SAAB 900 Turbo Cabriolet Bosozuku | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

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Mercedes-Benz C107 450 SLC Top Chop Nice Matin | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Mercedes-Benz C107 450 SLC with custom top chop

Flag GermanyMercedes-Benz C107 450 SLC with custom top chop

When I found the original picture of this Mercedes-Benz C107 450 SLC parked in front of the Nice Matin building, I fell in love with it immediately. The color hues and saturation just scream late 70’s / early 80’s!

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VirtualModels BMW 2002 ti Garmisch Concept | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

BMW 2002 ti Garmisch Concept

Flag GermanyThe BMW 2002 ti was a proposal designed by Marcello Gandini and built by Bertone. It was displayed at the 1970 Salon d’Automobile in Geneva and disappeared after the show ended, never to be seen again.

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Chevrolet 4400 Chassis Cab Hot Rod Box Van Spar Levensmiddelen | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Chevrolet 4400 Chassis Cab | Hot Rod Concept

Chevrolet 4400 Chassis Cab | Hot Rod Concept

Sometimes a “quickie lunchbreak photoshop chop” is abandoned because of a small glitch that can’t be fixed at the time. In this case, I forgot the picture on my hard drive for a couple of years. With years more experience now, the then-unfixable glitch was remedied in a matter of not even 15 minutes and the chop finished.

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Porsche 928 LSR Bonneville Land Speed Record | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Porsche 928 LSR Shooting Break | Bonneville Land Speed Record

 The Porsche 928 is a grand tourer by definition and was never intended to be used for motorsports. Covering long distances at high speeds is what this vehicle feels most comfortable at.

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Jaguar XJ-S V12 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Jaguar XJ-S Notchback Hot Rod

Jaguar XJ-S Notchback Hot Rod

Building the Hasegawa Jaguar XJ-S kit in 1:24 scale, I noticed that it is virtually impossible to lower the car properly without modifying the wheel arches. Bolt-on overfender are always an option, but it didn’t feel right with the lines of this classy coupé. Instead of cutting up the body of the plastic model, I put it back into the box and switched to Adobe Photoshop. After many failed attempts to relocate the wheel arches, I decided to hotrod the sled just for fun. This is entirely fictional for now, but could be done in reality. XJ-S prices are low and it isn’t exactly a rare car nobody dares to cut apart and weld back together in a different way.

The frame was extended to get the proportions right and to make it less butt-heavy than the stock design, I reshaped the C-pillars. Inspiration for this mod came, believe it or not, from the foxbody Mustang notchback. I think it improves the proportions of the car, but at the same time takes away one of the design quirks that make the XJ-S so unique and instantly recognizable. In order to keep with the classic hot rod theme, I didn’t use the Jaguar V12, but added four cylinders to a Ford V8 just for the heck of it. Open headers should provide an adequate soundtrack to match the visual impact.

Jaguar XJ-S V12 Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

SAAB Sonett III Race Car | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

SAAB Sonett III Race Car

Creating the Sonett I Roadster and the Sonett II Club Racer was tremendous fun and I wanted to add a SAAB Sonett III  the collection. Looking at the Sonett III pictures on my hard drive for many months, I struggled to come up with an idea for the conversion. The inspiration finally hit when I found a picture of an old Indy car. Why not convert the Sergio Coggiola and Gunnar A. Sjögren designed four cylinder “sportscar” into a beast with a compact V8? I set to work and came up with the idea of relocating the wheel arches in order to fit some mighty race car rubber under the widened fiberglass body while lowering the overall height. To increase strength, the quarter windows behind the doors have been eliminated and filled in. The rear fenders are re-sculpted and flow into the ducktail spoiler, providing much needed downforce along with the front spoiler. I really like the 1970’s chrome accents on the otherwise more 80’s looking body and kept most of them. The paint scheme is more 70’s orientated: the blue and yellow paint scheme resemble the colors of the Swedish flag and the shape of the yellow stripe mimics the silhouette of a classic glider plane, to add the aeronautics reference typical for SAAB vehicles.

SAAB Sonett III Race Car | Photoshop Chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

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Bentley S1 Continental Saloon by Mulliner | Outlaw photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Bentley S1 Continental by Mulliner

Flag United KindomBentley S1 Continental by Mulliner

Class and distinguished elegance. This is what most people associate with the Mulliner-bodied Bentley S1 Continental.

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Mercedes-Benz C126 560 SEC AMG | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG Widebody with Overfenders (C126)

Flag GermanyMercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG Widebody with Overfenders (C126)

A good friend of mine recently complained that most of my photoshop chops are side-view only. That is true, because I have more ideas than time and 3/4 view pictures need a lot more time to finish properly than the simpler side-view pictures.

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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)

 

 

1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe SWB | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupé SWB

What if downsizing the US land yachts went a little different?

Every car enthusiasts knows that the oil crisis in the early 1970’s eventually spelled the end for the gas guzzling land yachts. Cars from Europe and Japan with much better fuel economy flooded the US market and created a situation the big three had to face. They tried frantically to build something suitable. However, most cars they came up with were great achievements horrible miniature caricatures of the bygone era of dinosaurs. You fondly remember the downsized barges and new designs like the Ford Pinto, AMC Gremlin amongst others. Especially the shrunken Cadillacs and Lincolns put a sad expression on most peoples faces. But hey… what if they had approached the whole downsizing trend with a little bit of humor and left the interiors of the cars full-size and only compromised on the outside of the body and the drivetrain? They might have come up with something like this 1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupé Shorty concept I created. It puts a smile on your face, doesn’t it? 😉

1959 Plymouth Fury Hardtop Coupe SWB | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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International Lonestar Tanker Trailer Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

International Lonestar with tanker trailer

After a long time since creating thetop-chopped Harley-Davidson Special Edition Lonestar, I wanted to create another one. The 2008 International Lonestar looks like a show truck from the factory and it didn’t need much customizing to create the slick rig you see in the picture. Lowered, larger diameter wheels with low profile tires and a a little clean-up here and there.

International Lonestar Tanker Trailer Special | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

NSU Ro 80 Fließheck | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

NSU Ro 80 Custom

Most articles ever written about the NSU Ro 80 focused on the technical side, mainly the futuristic rotary engine designed by Felix Wankel. The design pinned by Claus Luthe was also praised for being ahead of the game, too – back in the time when the car was new. When I was a young boy, frequently riding shotgun in our neighbors’ lime green metallic Ro 80 in the 1980’s, it was just an old and somewhat anachronistic car. Always maintained by the (ex-) NSU dealership, the car was in great shape and absolutely spotless, but in my eyes it lacked something I could never really pinpoint back then. Now, three decades later, I know what it was: presence – or rather the lack thereof. The upright greenhouse with the slim pillars and chrome trim, the narrow track and the huge ground clearance made the still modern looking shape of the body feel aged.

In this photoshop chop, I adressed the above points and as a result the car has a lot more presence. Most obviously the ride height has been altered and the track widened. Apart from that I fixed the greenhouse by performing a top chop and modifying the rake of all pillars. To tie in the design of the pre-facelift taillights with the widened track, they have been modified as well instead of opting for the ugly facelift parts.

NSU Ro 80 Fließheck | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Buick Park Avenue Ultra | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Buick Park Avenue Ultra

From an old people carrier to a surf bums’ beach ride. With barges like the Buick Park Avenue being rather cheap on the used car market, it is easy to imagine that a half-broke surfer dude would buy a car that has a lot of space. No money to fix the broken rear window? Just rivet in a random piece of sheet metal for extra privacy and use the leftover money from the last job to buy nice Trans-Am style wheels, fake wood trim for that old school look and a handful of hobby-related stickers.

Buick Park Avenue Ultra | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Volkswagen T1 21-Window Samba Hovercar | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Volkswagen T1 Samba | Classic Hovercar

Quite a few photoshop artists are creating “floating” or more precisely hovering vehicles. I have done that in the past, too. Well, sort of. Actually my collection of Citroën Ami are only half-hovering vehicles, thanks to the imagined creativity and engineering of the ol’ French engineers from back then. Upon finding this picture of a 21-window Volkswagen T1 Samba, I knew immediately that I wanted to convert it into a hovercar. Happy Hovering in the DeLuxe Microbus, folks! 🙂

Volkswagen T1 21-Window Samba Hovercar | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Volkswagen Passat Dasher Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Volkswagen Dasher Turbo B1

This is another one of those “what if” photoshop quickies. What if somebody would take a USDM Volkswagen Dasher 2-door sedan (Passat in other markets) and modify it? Slap on a set of overfenders, mount a set of coilovers and wheels in a size that has never been intended to be used on a front wheel drive car. Replace the anemic original engine with a 1.8T with a bigger turbo setup and build an exhaust with motorsport components. Once finished you should have a pretty fairly decent, water-cooled, Volkswagen. I suppose it’s safe to wager a bet that it would be the only such vehicle at any VW meet. Is there anyone crazy enough to tackle this build and take it to the Wörthersee next year?

Volkswagen Passat Dasher Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class Camper AMG | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class 6.9 | Luxury Camper Conversion

Some of you might remember the Bischoffberger camper conversion or the SAAB Toppola campers from the 1980’s . Brilliant ideas, but all of them somehow lacking style, because they are cursed with odd proportions. I thought it must be possible to create such an integrated camper based on a passenger car chassis, but with more pleasing and elegant proportions. Many tries and many fails later I came up with this rather luxurious camper conversion. It is based on the Mercedes-Benz W116, has a pop-up roof and may be built in various configurations. The standard version features a semi-integrated camper body which ties nicely into the overall design with matching chrome trim. Access to storage compartments left and right is possible via the converted rear doors, which now open like suicide doors and feature central locking.

Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class Camper AMG | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

The roof raises by the push of a button and once fully extended provides ample headroom in the living quarters. A second set of windows appears and floods the interior with daylight. All windows are equipped with chrome plated sliding blinds. Not visible in the pictures are the glass windows in the roof. They open by operating regular Mercedes-Benz sunroof switches.

Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class Camper AMG open | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

For customers who wish to drive on roads less traveled or off-road, the vehicle could be converted to four wheel drive. In this case, a Mercedes-Benz G Geländewagen donates the frame, running gear and axles. Full 4×4 capability with three differential locks and a snorkel for fording rivers should take you to the most remote campsites. Or all around the world, should you fancy an extended getaway.

Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class Camper G 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

People with children, or a general need for more space to carry their gear, might want to consider a long wheelbase (LWB) version or an extended version with three axles.

Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class Camper AMG 6x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE Furgone | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE Furgone Veloce

The Lamborghini Espada is a vehicle with a very different design approach and reflects the adventurous Seventies very well. Nonetheless it is a beautiful or even sculptural vehicle with stunning details. Believe it or not… this Furgone Veloce version happened by accident. I just wanted to lower the Espada and remodeled the rear wheel arches to fit bigger diameter wheels. It looked horrible with the stock rear window. Consequently I had to design a new window and eventually came up with the idea to convert it to a panel van. Similar to the Citroën CX Tissier shuttling newspapers, it might have been utilized to get the Gazzetta dello Sport to the chiosco quicker.

Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE Furgone | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

If the diligent newspaper shuttle driver needed more space, he might have ordered a furgone veloce with even more space for cargo. This would have necessitated extensive drivetrain and frame geometry modifications, of course.

Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE Furgone Prototipo | 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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International Harvester D-300 Tow Truck Hot Rod | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

International Harvester D-300 Tow Truck | Tugboat Annie

Ever since I saw the first streamliner from the era between the wars, I was in love with the great shapes and details. Coachbilders created stunning works of art back then and the owners took pride in owning these rigs. This International Harvester D-300 has been converted into a tow truck with a custom-built streamline aluminum body by a shop in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Apparently the shop was called Ebenhoh Custom Truck Body, according to The Old Motor. Apart from lowering the truck and adding larger diameter wheels with lower profile tires, I didn’t change anything on Tugboat Annie. But if you let your imagination run wild, you might think about a hot rod motor under the cab.

R&R Vacuumcraft made a 1/25 scale resin kit, which unfortunately is out of production. If I can find one somewhere, I will build a scale model of the lowered truck.

International Harvester D-300 Tow Truck Hot Rod | 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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International Lonestar Harley-Davidson Special Showtruck | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

International Lonestar Harley-Davidson Special Edition | Showtruck

It’s been a long time since I last modified a truck with photoshop. Having a Moebius 1/25 scale model kit of the International Lonestar truck, I wondered how it might look without the tall sleeper cab before starting to build the kit. Starting up the graphics software and modifying the roof was easy enough… but once again my mind accelerated on it’s own and not too long after, the 2009 Harley-Davidson Special Edition was lowered, had bigger diameter wheels with low profile tires and many small improvements were done. Imagine a color-matched flatbed trailer behind it. Would be an awesome rig to haul freight with and display it at truck shows, wouldn’t it?

International Lonestar Harley-Davidson Special Showtruck | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Pontiac Bonneville 2-Door Hardtop SWB 1965 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

1965 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Door Hardtop SWB

I pondered this question before, when I created the short wheelbase Cadillac Fleetwood:

What if downsizing the US land yachts went a little different?

Every car enthusiasts knows that the oil crisis in the early 1970’s eventually spelled the end for the gas guzzling land yachts. Cars from Europe and Japan with much better fuel economy flooded the US market and created a situation the big three had to face. They tried frantically to build something suitable. However, most cars they came up with were great achievements horrible miniature caricatures of the bygone era of dinosaurs. You fondly remember the downsized barges and new designs like the Ford Pinto, AMC Gremlin amongst others. Especially the shrunken Cadillacs and Lincolns put a sad expression on most peoples faces. But hey… what if they had approached the whole downsizing trend with a little bit of humor and left the interiors of the cars full-size and only compromised on the outside of the body and the drivetrain? They might have come up with something like this Pontiac Bonneville 2-Door Hardtop Shorty concept.

Pontiac Bonneville 2-Door Hardtop SWB 1965 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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