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Ferrari 330 GT 2 2 Interim Custom | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Interim

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Interim

The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Interim is a super rare car and nobody in his right mind would modify this Pininfarina styled beauty. Mind you – I wouldn’t do this to a real vehicle either, but pixels never complain.

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Lancia Flaminia Speciale 3C Outlaw | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Lancia Flaminia Speciale 3C Outlaw

Lancia Flaminia Speciale 3C Outlaw

At first glance, you might be tempted to think that there hasn’t been done a lot of work to this Lancia Flaminia 3C. Compare it to the original picture and try to spot the subtle changes on my version of this stunningly beautiful classic Italian car.

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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)

SAAB 96 Custom Top Chop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

SAAB 96 Custom with Top Chop

This SAAB 96 has been modified, but appears to be rather subtle. Lowered, bumpers deleted, bigger diameter wheels with white wall tires, a top chop and custom front spoiler make it look a lot sportier. Can you imagine a second engine in the boot, as in my recently finished SAAB 96 Tvillingmotor?

SAAB 96 Custom Top Chop | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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)