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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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Peugeot 504 Coupé Works Racing Style | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Peugeot 504 Coupé | Works Racing Style

This photoshop chop took way longer to finish than all the other pictures I created this year. It all started with looking at a Peugeot 504 brochure from the 1970’s in January. Having always loved the Pininfarina-penned styling of the coupĂ© and convertible, I wondered why there are no tastefully modified cars out there. These vehicles are not even too expensive to buy, despite having a history of motorsport ventures in rallye and racing. As always, the “what if (I had the money)” question followed immediately and all kinds of crazy modification ideas popped up in my mind. However, modifying this elegant coupĂ© without messing up the lines completely posed a challenge. In the end I went with a retro-inspired theme the Japanese call works style. Imagine an engine with substantially more power, modern suspension and brakes. This necessitates larger wheels and a set of overfenders to cover them. I tried to keep them subtle and close to the original design of the fenders. Finding a period-correct design for the wheels also was a challenge. Campagnolos work well with the larger diameter and the conversion to the rather large Peugeot PCD. A good friend of mine suggested to add a ventilation flap on the roof, similar to the classic Jaguar E-Type race cars, and I happily adopted this brilliant idea. The hash marks on the fenders are Peugeot Talbot Sport colors from the early 1980’s, keeping with the idea that a conversion like this might have been built when this was just an affordable used car.

Fine art prints will be available early in 2018. Make sure to pre-order soon, as this will be a limited edition of only 73 numbered and signed pieces. The prints are without watermarks.

Peugeot 504 Coupé Works Racing Style | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

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Peugeot 505 V6 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

Peugeot 505 V6

Avid followers of my blogs VirtualModels and Drive-by Snapshots may already be aware that I have a sweet spot for classic French cars. Spending many a school holiday en vacences in France certainly is one of the possible reasons, yes. This and my preference of straight lines and low waistlines are perfectly combined in the Peugeot “05” generation. The greenhouse of the Peugeot 505 is more elegant than that of a Ford Granada Mk2 and at the same time almost as delicate as a Jaguar XJ‘s. This however becomes obvious only after the 505 is lowered, which also changes the overall appearence and makes the car look longer than it actually is. As with many cars from that era, there is no need to alter the body to get a great look. Just a few minor adjustments here and there… et voilĂĄ! C’est ça. TrĂšs bien.

Peugeot 505 V6 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2016)

PS: I do know that the classic Wolfrace wheels are a better fit on the early chrome bumper models, but I choose them anyway to offset the blacked-out trim pieces. Doesn’t hurt the stance either, does it? 😉

Peugeot 405 Mi16 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Peugeot 405 Mi16

The Peugeot 405 is one of those clean Pinifarina designs from the 80’s I always liked. The 405 Mi16 from back then had flat black fender flares. This iteration features widened fenders made from steel and blended into the original fenders. Gives it a much smoother look, doesn’t it? Same goes for the door handles, which have been removed. Lowered over a set of period correct, but oversized, wheels this vehicle looks just right. Pity such clean and timeless designs are not available any more.

Peugeot 405 Mi16 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)