Time and time again people think they can improve on a manufacturers original design by doing a bit of customization to their ride. Sometimes though these people get out of hand and in their hasty attempt to be different they usually end up ruining a very nice car. Then there are the guys who customize exotics, they are a special breed unto themselves. You see they have the money and the car, but sometimes they simply lack the class that is normally associated with vehicles of that caliber. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are all manufacturers who pride themselves on creating designs that, truth be told, really don’t need any improvements, but with shows like Pimp My Ride, Street Customs and Unique Whips polluting the airwaves people feel that they must customize to be different, and sometimes these customizations go horribly wrong. Below are 5 cars that will show you exactly what I’m talking about.
Here we have a Mercedes-Benz SL600. A car that is steeped with a rich history and pedigree and that was also completely ruined by a company called Swarovski. They probably put $100,000 worth of work into this thing only to lower the value by $150,000. Well done guys… way to go.
BMW E36 M3
While not a full blown exotic the BMW M3 is considered to be one of the best sports sedans on the planet. They look great from the factory and have the performance to back up the looks. Once they hit the used car market though all bets are off as customizers scoop them up in droves. Take this poor little E36 for example. From the chrome 20 inch ghetto fabulous wheels, to the orange interior, to the tribal two-town paint job. Whomever did this car watches way to much Pimp My Ride.
What you see here is the Murcielago’s little brother, the Lamborghini Gallardo. Gallardo owners are notorious for customizing their cars because in the end they knew that they could not afford the bigger, more powerful Murcielago. Due to this fact they feel they need to ruin the otherwise fabulous car they already own in an effort to show the world that they are in fact different from all the other Gallardo owners who also couldn’t afford the Murcielago.
Porsche 911 Turbo
The Porsche 911 Turbo is one of the best engineered and best performing cars on the planet. Its shape is timeless and one that is known the world over to represent elegance and style. That was however until this tool got a hold of one. Covered in shiny gold bricks that we can only hope is a vinyl wrap, the owner has obviously felt the need to defile one of the greatest sports cars in history. I mean really, is there no justice?
Believe it or not but this car really did start out as a Ferrari 512m before it was given the nose of a Pontiac Sunfire. This was probably a case of “I can do it better” that got completely out of hand. Generally the customer is so heavily involved in the project that they must see it through to the end. Unfortunately they usually wind up with something like the mess you see before you.