With the current crop of cars on the market I’m beginning to wonder if the idea of building a custom car has lost some of its steam. Not too long ago in order to get a car with some real tire shredding performance and top notch handling you needed to build something yourself or spend big money to get something exotic. Nowadays though its seems that the tables have turned on customizers and builders the world over, as the manufacturers are really starting to turn out some amazing machines. Just stop and think for a moment about what type of performance $40,000 will buy you in today’s market.
A bone stock 2011 Ford Mustang GT for example will set you back a cool 30k. For that you get 412 hp, a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds and 1/4-mile time of under 13 seconds. Folks, 10 years ago those were super car numbers. If you were going to try and build a car that would go, stop and handle like a modern day pony car in today’s market it would likely cost you almost twice that amount.
One thing that today’s cars, regardless of the make can’t do is provide their owners with the same amount of oohs and aahs that a custom build can, something that for most owners is a large part of the equation. In the back of my mind I’ve been thinking about designing another custom car, an idea that I’m running very hot and cold with. On the one hand we could create something that is a true “one of one” machine, but on the other, and from a pure performance point of view, I could go out and purchase something right off the dealer lot that will be leaps and bounds above anything we could put together. It’s a tough call… what would you do?