50 Awesome Car Mods
For as long as cars have existed, people have been modifying them. That’s how innovation happens! We see one thing, think we can make it better and then get too tinkering. But sometimes, it doesn’t turn out so good. But sometimes, it turns out nearly perfect! We’ve got a whole huge list of the 50 times that people took a car and modded it into something better. So we hope you enjoy – and if you make it to the top 5, we’ve got some real crazy ones waiting for ya!
VW Bug Mod
What hasn’t been done to a VW bug? They’ve been stripped down, turned into dune buggies, gilded and made into works of art, turned into Baja Bugs, and ridden atop monster tires just because they can. When you are the most iconic car out there, everyone wants to change you. This Volksrod looks almost conservative by today’s standards but still stands out for its over sized white walls and custom eyeballs. These 60s bugs are so simple to trick out you might think of them as the original Transformers.
Honestly, we don’t know if this is is a Ford or not – but the name fit too perfectly not to use. This F-117 Nighthawk replica-type sedan is…something. No matter what you’re like out of a car, you can’t deny the craftsmanship and beauty of this awesome car mod.
Some Car Mods just take some creativity. We don’t have much information about this modification, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list.
2009 Covini C6W
Would you have a ride in one of these? This mod is worth $640K.
We simply don’t know why. But we’ve never seen it before, and therefore it deserves a spot on this list of awesome car mods!
1984 Ford Mustang 4×4
Jacked up and ready to roll, this Maltese cross-laden 1984 Ford Mustang has a few things that are slick (and maybe strange) about it. First of all…tough year to be a Mustang. Also, there’s just so many Maltese crosses all over it. Also that color is great on a Wrangler, not so much on a coupe. But the saving grace, and the best thing we’ve seen thus far on this great list is those tires, baby. How sweet is this all-terrain Mustang convert?!
Model A Mod
This ride is a classic beauty with a history. It’s mostly a 1930 Ford Model A but it was modified with Ford TT truck axels in order to use it as a mail delivery truck back in the 30s in snowy Montana. That rubber is original Goodyear 11.25 x 24 pneumatic tractor tires. It is in beautiful condition with that perfect patina look. It still runs, although the owner won’t take it faster than 10 mph because the front wheels start to wobble pretty badly. Still, it’s a a very slick ride.
Listen, here’s the deal. This easily could be a part of the “Worst Car Mods” list – but you know what, no. This is beautiful. This is artwork. I would get out of my car and applaud this person for having the audacity plus the mechanical know-how to put two CHANDELIERS on the hood of his car as headlamps. Kudos, my friend. Kudos.
Car Limo Mod
This was once a car. Now it has transformed into a limo. A very “one-of-a-kind” limo.
V8 Mini Cooper
Wanna see a Mini do a wheelie? All you have to do is fit a Chevy small block 5.7L V8 truck engine that pumps out 255 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque in its little bitty engine compartment. The short wheel base, lightweight body. And RWD do the rest. Of course to accommodate that much iron you need to shorten up the passenger cabin to the point the driver is almost on the floor. And you wouldn’t want to damage the exhaust so you run four pipes up and over both rear custom fenders.
The All New Subaru Little Wheels
Introducing the revolutionary new concept from Subaru – the Little Wheel! This crazy car mod was clearly made silly to see what could be done because there’s no way this is a functional vehicle outside of car shows. Hey, at least jacking up your car when you get a flat should be easy enough.
Mail Truck Wheel Mod
It doesn’t matter what type of wheels you have, as long as you have wheels. This mod might be different, but its effective.
When you believe in climate change but you need everyone to know you are still from Texas. Look at the size of that thing! And on a Tesla, too. We’re pretty confident this is a one-of-a-kind car mod right here. Gosh, do we love it.
1969 Ford Mustang 4×4
You remember that Impact Orange 1984 Ford Mustang 4×4 from a few slides back, right? This ’69 Mustang off-road is everything that other mod wants to be. Sure this one is still sitting on blocks, but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is imagining this bad boy tearing up the dirt roads.
Gigantic Exhaust Pipe
Exhaust Pipes are on a car to divert exhaust fumes away from your engine. No Fumes are getting near this engine.
Smart Car Loud Engine
Ever seen a jet on the back of a car? Maybe you have, they do exist. But we know you’ve never seen a jet engine on the back of a Smart Car!
Bentley On Tracks
Okay, that guy in Scotland with the Land Rover wearing tank treads from WWI should have found himself a Bentley. Other than the fact you can’t get in the thing except by climbing in through a window, this is a pretty cool mod. Makes you wonder if this is what all those Russian “vacationers” drove when they visited Crimea a few years ago.
Overkill, in the Best Way
Ford Torino Falcon
Okay this is a 1971 Torino pretending it’s a 1973 Ford Falcon. It’s kind of a Mad Max car but it’s Australian and that’s kind of a Mad Max country. That blower is Australian. It starts by throwing a switch and not surprisingly, it spins counterclockwise. Aussie builds a lot of cool rides with American brands and it’s not a shock to see some awesome mods like this Torino to turn up.
What, no touchscreen, no Wi-Fi hotspot, no Apple CarPlay? What kind of pickup is that? Well, it’s a 1955 Chevy Apache that is in pristine condition. It almost looks stock except the locking hub giving it away as a 4×4 conversion (Chevy didn’t offer 4×4 until 1960). Whoever restored this blast from the past has a real passion for form following function. This is a work truck, a far cry from some of the luxurious high ride trucks of today.
Viper Engine Cadillac
If you are going to swap out an engine and replace it with a Dodge Viper, you may as well make it a Caddy which has the room to accommodate the big red monster 8.0L 10 cylinder that generates 450 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque. And if you are going to plunk that kind of iron in an older Caddy, why not add custom exhaust and lower the whole ride. It’s a look. Some people love it, others not so much. But when that big engine rumbles to life, everyone will take notice.
Mercedes Van Mod
Oh mama, bring on some snow. This modified Mercedes-Benz van would be perfect as an Uber limo in Iceland. Big fender mods, grille work, and massive rubber are the things that catch your eye first. Those tires have adjustable psi so you can take on fresh powder, crud, crust or slush. And its an MB so it starts out as a pretty slick ride. If you have to drive a van, you want something as cool as this tricked out snowmobile.
Ford Bronco Mod
Not into drifting? How about crawling rocks. This Bronco has a new life thanks to a 4-cylinder Cummins Model B Turbodiesel, part time 4×4 shift on the fly, and a host of other mods to turn this modest truck from the past into a high-end specialty ride. The doors come off, the windshield folds down, and it has that retro look that is so popular. At the same time, it’s got all the goodies needed to kick dirt, climb dunes, and rescue, or be rescued, from a mud hole.
Honda Civic Truck
What do Honda engineers do on their coffee break? They butcher up Honda’s hot hatch Civic and turn it into a ute. Supposedly developed by engineers at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK on their own time, their objective was to make the world’s fastest FWD pickup truck. They did a sweet job. The rear is a bit over the top with the spoiler and the fact that there isn’t a functioning tailgate. But overall this is one c-ute ride.
Audi R8 Rally Car
This Audi R8 just got an ultra-widebody mod job. While the front wheels are awesome, the fitment on the rear rubber looks a bit odd. Overall though, the work on the fenders and the custom scoop on the hood, and the new nose job look pretty awesome. Obviously it has an air suspension and needs to be pumped up a bit if it plans to move out of that parking spot. But it looks pretty nasty sitting there about an inch and a half off the ground.
Baja Volkswagen Van
Now we’re talking! Party wagon, beach bus that is more mod than original ride. Chopped up vintage VW bus that is totally (and truly) “tubular” complete with a rack for the surf boards and what appears to be a table for hors d’oeuvres. Party on in this bus with custom Fuchs wheels, offset rear rubber. cool fender flares, custom fog lamps, and brush bumper with skid plate. Like the frog said “It’s not easy being green” unless you’re a neon green party on wheels.
Mustang Sally and Mustang Kyle (seriously) bail out of a Mustang that has undergone some serious modification. This car is so hot it blew the socks of Mustang Kyle. Mustang Kyle from Ontario, CA calls himself a fabricator who cuts up classic cars. If you focus between the fenders that look like they were cut from 55 gallon oil drums, you can see the familiar outline of a pony. But the seats, they look about as comfortable as the reception room chairs at a proctologist’s office.
There’s been a lot of talk about “high water vehicles” in FL with hurricane Dorian sniffing at the beaches. This 6×6 Wrangler conversion was spotted in Coconut Grove and if it’s got a fording kit on, it’s ready for a four-foot tidal surge. The ride inside might get a little damp, but the engine will still be purring and those six wheels will keep on churning. Awesome to look at but probably measures fuel efficiency in GPM instead of MPG.
It’s no surprise that Porsche would be chosen as a rally car, they’ve got plenty of experience running across deserts and other endurance races. Porsche has a couple of Paris-Dakar trophies on its shelf and the Porsche 959 was built specifically to run rally. But this beauty with the custom light bar, all-terrain rubber, and Foschs wheels, belongs to Matt Farah. It’s a 911 and we can only presume that Farah, famous for his tuning , has tweaked the engine, exhaust, and suspension
Ford Mustang & Stang
Needed a little extra trunk space, huh? Probably had a long road trip and didn’t want to pay for a moving van but also didn’t want to not bring his car and also didn’t want to pay for a car shipping service. So, the Ford Mustang & Stang. The newest invention!
Corvette Stingray Rally
This is one hella mod project. It’s a ‘76 Corvette body sitting on a ’94 Blazer frame. This project took a load of imagination, attitude, and several years to complete. Almost everything needed to mount the body, engine, and transmission was hand fabricated in the guy’s garage. Oddly enough, with all he had to worry about the headlights were the toughest to figure out because of the angle of the radiator. Imagine the look on Vette pilots when they saw this thing pull up next to them!
Ford Model A Hotrod
Remember that Model A mail truck we showed near the top of this list? Well this is what you get if you go in the other direction. This Model A is living the life of a classic hotrod and it is one sweet ride. Check out the rear axel on this thing. The wheels are actually about 1 ½ inches outside the rear side panel. The owner says the biggest problem in maintenance is getting under the car. A standard jack sits too high up. Up front on this classic Tudor style (Tudor because it has two doors) there’s a V8, custom pipes, and a cool retro radiator. Toss in a color coordinated surfboard and you ready to show off at the beach.
Another Model A, this time from the school of Mad Max hotrod design. It looks like plywood played an important role in this hotrod dressed to look like a WW II fighter plane. We’re guessing most of the mod budget went to the LS small block V8 engine that powers this thing. Yes, it is unusual looking, it gets points for that, but there’s something off. Kind of like a model airplane kit that didn’t quite come together the way you planned.
This beauty is actually a movie star and it is definitely ready for its closeup. Starring in the Japanese movie Wangan Midnight as the Blackbird 930 (even though it’s a 964) it shows off some pretty cool Porsche moves, and it should equipped and tricked out the way it is. This ride has a 3.8L engine from a 993 Turbo S, sequential transmission, molded RWB fenders, a Auto Garage TBK body kit, and a turbo from a Mclaren MP4/4 F1 car! Sweet dream ride.
It’s hard for us to say this, but this Hot Wheel is one sweet looking Gremlin. Probably one of the ugliest cars ever sold, this Gremlin has a big V8 slammed into it with a supercharger sticking out the hood. Unbelievably, this car, that looks like the designer spilled coffee on the plans eliminating a rear deck, was a pretty common site on rural racetracks. This one however, has a really nice paint job and good presentation and makes for an interesting show car.
Land Rover Defender Stealth
This Land Rover Defender is big, black, and has a bunch of stuff hanging off it, but we can’t figure out why they are calling it the “Stealth.” Something this big and noisy is not going to go unnoticed. Except, that little finned thing on the hood is a snorkel so this thing is rigged for fording so maybe it stealthy when it swims. At any rate, these things are rare in the U.S. and very pricy. We’re thinking it might be too expensive to actually take off-road.
Gold Bugatti Chiron
Well, for 3.5 million dollars, you ought to get a little gold trim and this Bugatti Chiron does it nicely. You just have to admire the looks of this thing and for most of the human race, we can only dream about parking it in our driveway. The gold is eye catching, but the real magic lies in the 16-cylinders, 4 turbochargers, and 1500 hp that propels this ride from dead stop to 60mph in an amazing 2.3 seconds. Some may say the gold is a trashy display of ostentatious lifestyle, but if you can afford it you really don’t care what they say.
This Mustang GT Premium is owned by a guy who has been driving ponies since he was 12 (in Tijuana). Currently a tattoo artist and professional mover, he has created a real beauty with an absolutely amazing paint job. Mods include an Airlift Performance Suspension that can lower the pony 5 inches, Lexani wheels wrapped in Project 6GR rubber, Trufiber fender skirts, carbon fiber front splitter and hood vents. Toss in a Bassani 3 inch exhaust and an Airaid intake and you have one sick Mustang.
Chevy El Camino GTO Parts
How can you make an El Camino cooler than it already is? The answer is to stick a bunch of GTO parts on it and create a slick looking muscle car. In fact, you might call this El Camino the El Goat. El Caminos are tough to find in any configuration so when you find one decked out with a grille, side panels, hood mounted tach, that you expected to find on another classic muscle car, you pay attention. Whoever owns this thing has a great sense of mods that work.
Volvo TP21 Mod
Awesome? Yes, awesome. Also, a reminder that Sweden had pretty crappy roads in the mid-50s and that’s why Volvo made some pretty tough rides like this 1957 Volvo TP21. Of course, when you update it with a custom bumper/winch combo, new custom LED light package, fender flares, massive rubber and custom wheels you give this bad boy a whole new look. The average Volvo owner would never recognize this heavy duty truck as a source of their ride’s DNA.
Nice doggie. Don’t bite. It’s kind of ironic that this Japanese car is named after a British WW II fighter and is sporting the nose art of the American P-40 Flying Tigers. But hey, it’s a Miata, the car that put a stake in the heart of Mazda’s RX7. This one does have custom wheels, and they are a ton of fun to drive on twisty roads, but at the end of the day it’s only got an inline 4-cylinder putting out 115 bhp. Still, it’s got a good look and if the owner has played with the power it might be even more fun than expected.
Mini Cooper Tank
Unreal! This tracked Mini Cooper convert really can handle just about any terrain – as long as a maximum of two people are trying to go over any terrain. This is one of the wildest car mods we’ve seen – and we’re sure glad to have seen it. It lives rent-free in our heads from now on.
Lamborghini Rally Car
Why would anyone put an exo-skeleton on a stock Lamborghini Huracan and call it a rally car? Hard to say. Maybe it’s a work I progress. Or, maybe the owner has a severe fear of getting shopping cart dings while parked at Walmart. In fairness, the Lambo is a supercar packing 610 hp and there are Lambo rally cars but not without some serious modifications. This just isn’t one of them. This is $250,000 wrapped in a heavy duty light bar.
Bentley Rally Car
Who knew Bentley would turn out as an off-road rally car? This 2004 Continental was a build made for a Nat Geo special and features parallel Quantum racing shocks, an external roll cage, a roof-mounted LED racing light bar, two externally mounted fuel cans, widened fenders, and some monster all-terrain tires. We’re not sure how you would be received by your local Bentley club, but we are sure you’ll be able to park anywhere you want.
1932 Chevy Coupe Hotrod
There’s not a whole lot leftover from the 1932 edition of this coupe except for the framework, but let’s be honest. This post is about sweet mods, not original parts!
This chopped up piece of metal is actually a 1976 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ 40. This Land Cruiser, is now a Land Bruiser thanks to 1200 hours of labor chopping and mashing parts from Lexus, Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover, and a ton of custom fabrication. For example, that weird ass fitment of the front wheels is courtesy of a custom suspension and wheels and rear differential coming from a Land Rover Discovery. The seats are from Wrangler and the headlights are from a VW Golf and powering the beast is a Lexus 1UZ V8 making 300 horsepower that’s mated to the Lexus five-speed automatic.
VW Van Drag car
Last seen outside Area 51 cruising for a saucer (just kidding). This dragster started life as a ’65 single cap VW pickup until it was badly damaged in a fire. Then it became the basis of the Mental Breakdown, the hand painted bruiser with the supercharged Keith Black Hemi V8 that makes about 2,000 hp. It’s best time so far has been 7.52 seconds for the quarter mile hitting 187 mph. That big-ass rubber is actually 16” wide American Racing Wheels and full size Goodyear Eagle Funny Car Slicks. Pretty cool.
Ferrari Blue Mod
This is what you get if you have an extra $40k to $50k and a beat up Ferrari laying around. This is obviously a kit and odds are it’s by Liberty Walk and they are very proud of their work as their price sheet reflects. But they do an amazing job. Hopefully the owner of this ride has air bag suspension so it can accommodate the 120 attack angle of the ramp leading to the enclosed transport van.
C5 Corvette Drag
If you are a drag racing fan, you probably recognize this rig. If you aren’t, would you identify this ride a Corvette C5? Not only is it a Vette, it’s also the fastest stick ride in America. Enzo Ferrari once said “Aerodynamics is for those that cannot build good engines.” If you have the power you don’t need aerodynamics and this ride seems to prove that.
Does this really look like a 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass? Looks a bit too clean and sleek for those big boxy designs of the 70s. If you look really hard, you’ll notice that there really aren’t any mods to this ride, it’s just professionally restored…and it’s missing the front bumper. That grille is the eye catcher and it really is slick when it’s presented “bumper free.”
Another Porsche set up as a rally car, this one from California. The off-road tires, rubber, bolt on fender flares, the light bar, the big bumper/winch assembly all suggest it’s ready to race. However, if you look at the bottom of the door, it appears that it doesn’t have the lift kit you would need to take on Bajo or similar courses. But who cares? This is one sweet tricked out Porsche.
Land Rover 109 On Tracks
Why you ask? Us too. This is what you get when you mashup a 1958 Land Rover 109 Series II with the treads from 1 ½ tanks. Built by a guy named James Cuthbertson supposedly so he could deal with Scotland’s difficult winters. The original truck had to be dropped into a sub-frame to provide clearance for the tread movement. However, the 70 hp engine and drivetrain that is OEM is what powers it. A speed demon it’s not.
How can the company that built the Matador and Pacer, two of the biggest dogs in car history, also build something as beautiful as this 1974 Javelin. This beauty is powered by a rebuilt AMC Gen 3 360 cu. in. dual carb engine that puts out 235 hp. It is in fact, the same engine that came standard in the ugly Matador and looks much better with a Javelin wrapped around it. The racing stripe and all the curves in all the right places makes this a ride you want to keep.
Hey mister, you need a bigger car or a smaller engine! That’s not going to happen. This Camaro is ridiculously strapped because it could be. This is America and you can build anything you want…you just can’t drive it on the street. So, Mr. GPM of the monster blower Camaro is sitting with Mr. MPG who is suffering from altitude sickness after parking his mega lift pickup discussing just how great it is to be an American. Yeehaw!
This one looks too slick to be real. We’re thinking it’s a rendering. The only thing that is recognixable as being a Porsche is the fascia, stickers, and badge. And check out the engine (a HEMI…really?) placement. It looks like it’s ahead of the front wheels which means if it’s real, it will drive like a bag of hammers. Everything else fits just a little too well. Even the angle of the “photo” seems to be a tad too professional. Your call.
Caleb Sandlund, aka Gingium, is a mod genius who is fascinated with turning Miatas into rally cars. Yes, the Miata with its 115 hp engine isn’t exactly prime rally material. But when Gingium gives it a lift kit, skid plates, all-terrain tires, new seats, bash bars, and giving the inline 4 cylinder a little tune, all it’s really missing is a 4×4 platform. The Miata is just a tad over 2,000 pounds so the low end hp and torque really don’t play against the performance. So buckle up and say hello to Baja.
All Terrain Corvette
This ATV (All Terrain Vette) is straight out of Hot Wheels and we would not be surprised to see a giant hand come down and roll it away. Nice paint job. The guy should have ended the project there. But no, he had to give the ride a major lift and slap on some big wheels wrapped in even bigger rubber. Who knows if that’s a blower sticking out of the hood or some kind of mega phaser array. Some people have more money than they should.
Defender Drift Car
This Land Rover Defender drift car is simply awesome. The open-air cockpit, super low suspension, custom wheels and tires, all give this ride a bad-ass look. The metal work where the roof and cabin got chopped is superb. This guy knew what he wanted and had the skill to get it done. Want to build one? Live in the USA? Good luck dude. The side panels are incredibly expensive. A fully tricked out Defender occasionally shows up on CraigsList for $300,000. If you’re serious, fly down to Australia, find one and have it imported back for a total cost of about $100,000.
Everybody deserves a second chance and that’s just what this used up, beat up, raced out 911 received. Everything was stripped off, the frame aligned, and then a new tubular design installed as the skeleton. That bush bumper and the roof rack are actually integrated into the roll cage. A big lift, custom control arms, big tires, and a sweet paint job make this ride easy on the eyes and a performer as well.
Nissan 370Z Snowmobile
This was a fun concept introduced at the Chicago Auto Show a couple of years back. It’s actually a stock Nissan 370 with skis mounted up front and treads mounted in the rear. The front brakes are disconnected and braking in the rear can be a bit tricky. Just let the skis do the work and you won’t get crosswise (mostly). They tricked out this Nissan convertible because everyone wants to vist grandma in a 370 hp open sleigh right?
AMC Javelin Hellcat
This beauty is a 1972 AMC Javelin AMX that’s bee tricked out amazingly by Ringbrothers. It is Prestone’s SEMA car and while it was originally purchased off an AMC showroom for $3,400 it’s worth over $500,000 today. The front end has been seamlessly extended six inches giving it a much stronger muscle car appearance. But you really know you have something special when you step on the gas and hear the Chrysler 1,000 hp HEMI roar to life. Absolutely awesome.