Motorvation

Mortorvation Issue 29

Mortorvation Issue 29

Deliberately conceived as a ‘love it or hate it’ car, Chrysler got a bit weird with this one – described by Jeremy Clarkson at the time as looking like ‘a dog doing a poo’, they certainly seemed to have achieved their goal! We’re hoping to find a few more fans ...

Brit Commercials

Brit Commercials

with Simon Coulson (Michael Winner voice) Calm down dear, it’s a commercial. Well, two actually. A pair of once-commonplace Brits that are ripe for the Street Machine treatment. Bedford HA Remember when these were everywhere? Even the odd custom one – remember John Baldacchino’s chopped and Wimble-striped Baldy Van? This one should bring back memories for some… ...

Sunbeam Rapiers

Sunbeam Rapiers

with Simon Coulson Here’s a pair you don’t see often in car mags. Maybe it’s rarity; maybe they just didn’t catch the imagination of the right crowds. Whatever the story, here are some pointers to making these super Sunbeams cool. Series IV The elder Rapier is a natural for the gasser treatment… it’s small, quirky and light. Apply all the usual ...

Minis!

Minis!

with Simon Coulson Minis are hardly left out in the modified car game, so making one stand out (for the right reasons!) can be quite a task. That’s not to say we can’t have a go! “Proper” Mini We’ve taken the Lowrider route with this one – we’re not the first and I doubt we’ll be the last, but it’s ...

Hondas

Hondas

Motorvation: with Simon Coulson | Words: Dan Haines We’re off to the land of the rising sun this month with some retro Hondas: a cool coupe and a not-so-cool hatchback with a traditional twist. Civic There are still a few late Nineties Civic (EK) hatches out there, but perhaps finding one that hasn’t been boy-racered is ...

Chryslers

Chryslers

with Simon Coulson Finally, a bit of Mopar muscle in Motorvation! Errr… not quite. Typically, we’re ignoring the obvious and choosing unlikely candidates for our ideas. Here are two Chryslers you probably wouldn’t have put on the top of your cool list. Voyager We’ve opted for the later Voyager here, for no other ...

Jaguars

Jaguars

with Simon Coulson Who doesn’t love a big cat? Old ones can be a risky purchase, but if you find a good one you can get an awful lot of car for your money. As tempted as we were to bring you lead-sled XJs or cafe-racer XK120s, we’ve opted for a ...

Rovers

Rovers

Best of British? That’s a matter of opinion, I guess, but the bank manager’s favourite is still ripe for the Street Machine treatment. with Simon Coulson P6 Two-door stretches aren’t for the faint-hearted, but when it transforms a staid saloon in to a gloriously proportioned coupe, it might just all be worth it. ...

Fiats

Fiats

with Simon Coulson Welcome back to Motorvation, where the unloved, overlooked or just plain boring cars get to feel a bit special. This month we’re pretending rust isn’t an issue and pointing our virtual pens at some old Fiats. X1/9 Awkwardly named, but with a crispness to the design that only an Italian ...

Skodas

Skodas

with Simon Coulson There was a time when the humble Skoda was the butt of all automotive jokes: Skoda drivers were labelled as miserly or just plain weird. Skodas were not cool. It was back in these dark days that Street Machine bucked the trend and put together the infamous Project ...

Volvos!

Volvos!

Simon Coulson has been at it again. This month, it’s the retro Swedish tin that gets the treatment from his illustrative angle-grinder. 245: ‘Boxy but Good’ was the fictional advertising tagline from the film Crazy People – and I think it applies here too. We’ve done the ol’ two-door stretch on this wagon…although ...

Too Many Doors?

Too Many Doors?

This month, Simon Coulson is throwing away our prejudices and embracing the more-doors. You can keep your coupes; we’ve got rear doors and we’re not afraid to use them! ’32 Ford There’s something about the Fordors that makes them seem more vintage and – dare I say it – a bit more ...

Citroens

Citroens

Motorvation With a few notable exceptions, the word ‘Citroën’ is rarely heard in Street machine circles. Simon Coulson has grabbed two of the eccentric manufacturer’s offerings and applied some tried and tested techniques… 2CV Yes, it’s a Cal Looked Deux Chevaux – why should only the German people’s car get all the fun? ...

Roadsters

Roadsters

How many times do we hear that the arrival of a young family stopped the hot-rodding fun? Simon Coulson finds two ways you can keep the fun going, despite those pesky kids! Renault Espace This is our family-friendly budget build. For the price of a second-hand Galaxy you could be rollin’ something ...

Austintatious

Austintatious

This month, some classic British tin is getting the Motorvation treatment from Simon Coulson. We can rebuild them… we have the technology… Austin 1800 This 1800 ‘Landcrab’ has had a hefty whack with the kustom stick. A two door stretch, chop, slanted pillars and smaller rear glass transform the shape enough to ...

Wagons!

Wagons!

Practical and stylish… you can’t go wrong with a longroof, especially if you’re giving it the Street Machine treatment! Simon Coulson provides a couple of ideas, one traditional and one proving that you can make something cool out of almost anything. Triumph Herald Estate The Herald has always been a bit of an ...