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Volkswagen Beetle Käfer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Volkswagen Käfer (Beetle) Custom Cutaway

A lunchbreak challenge on the weekend? Call it what you want – this photoshop has been finished in less than 45 minutes. I took an image of a cutaway Volkswagen Käfer (aka VW Beetle), lowered the car, modified the wheels, deleted the bumpers and customized it with a top chop. Done. The dog doesn’t care driver and passengers seem to like it. 😉

Volkswagen Beetle Käfer | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Panhard Dyna 54 Custom Lead Sled | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Panhard Dyna Z Custom

Inspired by lead sleds and other vintage customs, I decided to apply a tried and tested recipe to a vehicle nobody ever customized: the 1954 Panhard Dyna Z. A top chop is a classic modification to alter the roofline and overall appearance of a car. It also reduces drag and therefore makes the car faster. Aerodynamic enhancements are especially important if adding more horsepower isn’t really an option. Mind you, this is a rather small vehicle and fitting an engine larger than the original 851cc engine would be a massive challenge. Not too many of the ~ 140.000 built are left and I doubt that many enthusiasts would enjoy seeing one of the few leftover Z cars “butchered” just for aesthetic purposes. However, nobody can object to modifying a couple of pixels. If you don’t like it, you might enjoy looking at the original picture instead.

Panhard Dyna 54 Custom Lead Sled | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

 

Peel P50 Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Peel P50 Custom

Most vehicles have been photoshopped at least once. But I bet you, that nobody ever attempted to photoshop a Peel P50. This cute little vehicle has no potential you say? Well… everything has potential – albeit some admittedly on a smaller scale (no pun intended). Let me present you, which is according to Top Gear The smallest car in the world. Lower anything (except a 4×4) and it instantly looks better than stock with the new stance. Add larger diameter wheels with less sidewall, a little bit of negative camber and top it all of with a set of vinyl stickers. Add a top chop for good measure and… Jeremy Clarkson will not fit anymore. Ask Richard Hammond instead. 🙂

Peel P50 Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Low Drag Coupé | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Low Drag Coupé

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a beautiful car, no doubt about it. However, the design of the lower rear end is debatable. This is why I choose the side view to create my idea of a low drag coupé. Chopping about an inch from the roof and lowering the car go a long way in improving the overall appearance. I could have removed the bumpers and chrome trim to suit the idea better, but decided to keep them to retain the classic look.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Low Drag Coupé | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Chevrolet 3100 Pick-Up Dually | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Chevrolet 3100 Pick-Up Dually

Found this picture of the Chevrolet 3100 Pick-Up over at autowp.ru and instantly thought I’d have to modify it. The truck is now a top-chopped dually. Quite impressive, isn’t it? The proportions now make it look like a larger truck. Other than the modifications already mentioned, I kept it mostly stock. No need to mess with a great design like that!

Chevrolet 3100 Pick-Up Dually | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

 

Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Custom

The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is a beautiful car, no doubt about it. However, I’ve always been wondering what a custom version with a straight 8 or even 12 Cylinder engine would have looked like. While extending the front, I also chopped the top for that streamlined look.

Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

1941 Chrysler Town & Country Estate Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

1941 Chrysler Town & Country Estate Wagon

This beauty from the 40’s has been modified extensively – but I tried to maintain a stock look. A top chop along with opened windows, modifications to the front fascia and getting rid of the bumpers was fairly easy. I also found a nice set of chrome steelies.

1941 Chrysler Town & Country Estate Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)