16 people from cheap foreign cars dramatically modified
We all want to have beautiful things. The problem is, what is really cool doesn’t always come at a cheap price. For the most part, it is impossible to buy this “beautiful thing” right away. It takes decades to pay for a nice house for your kids to grow up. Phones are so expensive that some people never pay for them, but they keep trading them in for the latest models. With some iPhones costing over $ 1000, some people might even trade you an actual car, which actually drives, for the latest iPhone.
The same idea works with cars. If you can’t afford to buy a nice sports car or a luxury car right away, you are making payments. Another option that people are looking for is to buy a cheap car and then slowly modify it. The results of some of these versions are incredible.
In this article, we want to share 16 cheap foreign cars that people have dramatically modified.
16 Toyota Corolla 1986
Many ignore the rich history of the Toyota Corolla. The AE86 version was made popular by the anime called Initial D. The AE86 has been praised on the race track for a perfect 50/50 weight balance. This is the car of choice for the Drift King, Mr. Keiichi Tsuchiya. Before all the craze, these Corollas could be found on the cheap. This example has been tastefully edited.
15 Scion FRS 2015
The Scion FR-S has been a very popular car because of its affordability. Nothing out of the ordinary is the original 200 hp boxer engine. In this example, the 4 cylinder has been replaced with a Ferrari engine and a host of other supporting modifications. The result is beautiful Italian V8 music. It’s hard to believe someone made this dream come true. If you think you’ve seen it all, read on.
14 Honda Civic 1999
An old Honda Civic is a common sight on many neighborhood streets in America. For this reason, unless it’s an Si or Type R, they can be found cheaply. This owner bought a 1999 Honda Civic and swapped out the small 4 banger for a J-series engine from an Accord. The V6 is so big for the little Civic that there has to be a gap in the hood for everything to fit.
13 1988 BMW 325 Wagon
Another car that has recently gained in popularity, partly credited on social media, is the BMW 3 Series (E30). Any of these in average condition can be easily had for under $ 10,000. This particular model, however, is quite special. The owner basically built an M3 wagon for himself. This vision was brought to the real world through great attention to detail.
12 Volkswagen Scirroco 1986
The Volkswagen Scirocco looks like a “longer” VW Golf. Like any older car, it can be difficult to find one that is still in good condition. This Scirocco looks great for its age. The paint and body are in immaculate condition. It looks like this one has been lowered. VW enthusiasts also agree that you can never go wrong with a BBS wheel set.
11 1992 Subaru Legacy
A ’90s Subaru Legacy is not what you would call a highly sought after car. For many, this may have been their first car. It is not difficult to find one for sale for a few thousand to a few hundred dollars. The goal of this project was to create an amazing car on a low budget. Without a doubt, this owner has accomplished just that. This Legacy would be a star in a Subaru competition. This car is unique and practical at the same time.
ten Mitsubishi mirage 2000
The Mitsubishi Mirage has a lot of potential, but it often remains dead in the dark. It has the same chassis as the first Lancer Evolution, which was not available in the United States. That being said, the Mirage isn’t an expensive car, but with the right vision it can be turned into an EVO. This owner did this and the result was respectable.
9 Nissan Leopard 1991
The Nissan Leopard, also known as the Infiniti M30 in the United States, is an old relic of ’90s luxury. Often times they are found forgotten in the aisles, used as collateral for title loans, or simply driven to. ‘so that the wheels fall off. There are a lot of enthusiasts for this car, especially in the drift community. Due to the nature of the drift, these fall short of showroom quality. The above Nissan Leopard is unique, yet classic at the same time.
8 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI has been a recent hit in the United States. That’s if you think of 2005 as recent. The Japanese market has had the STI since the early 1990s. In 2002, North America received only the Impreza WRX. The owner of this white WRX has installed the JDM STI Complete Body Kit beautifully on his USDM specification WRX.
7 Lexus SC400 1996
The Lexus SC300 / SC400 was supposed to be a more luxurious coupe than those in the Toyota lineup. On the streets, however, many simply call her the poor man’s Supra. The original V8 was replaced by a 2JZ of this white SC400. The twin turbos were scrapped for a big single. A wide body kit was fitted with a set of Work Meister deep flat wheels. Call it what you can, but this SC owner had a vision.
6 2001 Audi S4
The Old Audis are among the more ambiguous cars in the tuner scene. They were expensive at the time. They can be found inexpensively today. It is rare to find one in good condition, but which has been properly modified. This Audi was made simple. Nice sonic blue type paint, deep chrome wheels, and intercooler action to let you know what’s going on. The personalized “HOODRICH” plate sums it all up.
5 Toyota Corolla 1984
The Toyota Corolla AE82 was the very first front-wheel drive Corolla. This put the Corolla in a direct line to compete with the Honda Civic. While the 4AGE engine found in the 16 twin-cam was excellent, the AE82 and later models didn’t look very good. The Corolla above replaced the fixed headlights with HIDs. Custom paint, red bumper strip and a real Japanese license plate make this one of the prettiest AE82 to find online.
4 1976 Audi 100
Another Audi on the list, and what we said about old Audis still holds true. Difficult to find in good condition. More difficult to find properly modified. This Audi 100 is even more beautiful than when it came out with the glossy paint. The hidden BBS is a cry for the culture of modern posture. It’s amazing to see a car like this from the 70s so pretty. Overall, it’s a job well done.
3 Toyota Cressida 1989
In the late 1980s, Toyota engineers put all their know-how into creating the best luxury sedan possible. The MX83 Cressida was born. The price of a new Cressida hovered around $ 60,000 in today’s money. In 2020, people can find Cressidas for little to no money. This Cressi was done correctly with a 1JZ from Japan, two-tone retro paintwork and a duck tail wing.
2 Honda Civic 1978
This 1978 Honda Civic looks set to be in the next Back to the future after. This Civic is from a time when performance was not the main priority for Honda and VTEC was still in the figurative womb. Nonetheless, this first-generation Civic is the result of years of dedication. The engine was swapped out, a turbo was added, the fenders were widened and much more.
1 1988 Toyota Mr2
If you couldn’t afford a Ferrari in the 80s, you could still buy a small Ferrari, also known as the Toyota MR2. The AW11 MR2 was the first mid-engined mass-produced car in the Toyota lineup. It came with the legendary 4-AGE engine. In 1986 Toyota introduced a supercharged version, the 4AGZE. The ingenious owner of this red MR2 successfully turbocharged his 4AGZE into a 4AGZTE. It’s a mouthful, but it must be awesome to drive.
Sources: superstreetonline.com, hoonigan.com, bringatrailer.com, caranddriver.com
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