With the high import taxes in India, any exotic car costs more than twice its original price. That is why many enthusiasts choose to modify their vehicles and make them look like exotic vehicles. Here are five such vehicles that started the journey as a regular mass-segment car but were transformed into exotic vehicles.
Hindustan Contessa – Chevrolet Camaro
The Contessa is often called as the Indian muscle car purely because of the way it looks. The Hindustan Contessa is basically a Vauxhall Victor that gained a cult following in India. Big Daddy Customs used a Hindustan Contessa and transformed it into the iconic Chevrolet Camaro.
The transformation job keeps the basic shape of the Contessa intact. However, there are changes including a new grille, electric-shuttered headlamps, double barrel air dam on hood, air vents on the fender, boot-mounted spoiler, LED tail lamps, vintage chrome rear bumper, wider tyres on matt black steel rims and nickel wheel caps. The exhaust is also a free flow type while the cabin gets an all-black theme.
Mahindra Bolero – Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen
The Mahindra Bolero was once the best-selling utility vehicle in India. Because of its boxy design, a few owners chose the vehicle to make it the replica of the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Done by R&T Auto Catalyst, this is a commendable job that changes the whole look of the vehicle. The changes include modification and fabrication of new parts to form the front-end and the rear of the vehicle. It also gets new headlamps, and tail lamps. They also worked on the body to ensure a proper G-Wagen look. However, the size of the original G-Wagen is much larger than this.
Mahindra Thar – Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
The Mahindra Thar looked so inspired by the Jeep Wrangler than when Mahindra launched the Roxor ATV based on the Thar in the USA, Jeep filed a case against them. Mahindra and Mahindra began its automobile journey by assembling Jeeps under the license from Jeep USA during World War II. Over the years, Mahindra has become one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the country. However, the design inspiration from the Jeep is still alive in many of its vehicles. This Mahindra Thar gets a proper Wrangler Rubicon to look with simple changes.
It gets a hardtop, wider fenders and a new front end. Also, there are wider tyres and alloy wheels that completely change the look of the vehicle. The mechanicals remains unchanged but anyone giving it a first look may get confused and think that it is a proper Jeep.
Tata Safari – Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Years after Tata overtook the Jaguar Land Rover brand, the Tata cars are getting inspired by the design of the luxurious SUVs from the British manufacturer. However, long back, Big Daddy Customs transformed a Tata Safari Dicor to Range Rover Evoque.
The changes include a new Evoque-styled front bumper, revised headlamps and tail lamps, angel eye DRL on headlamps, alloy wheels, customised white paint job with black roof and quad exhaust tips. Mechanically, there are no changes in the car.
Honda Civic to Lamborghini Aventador
Done by Executive Mod Trendz, Mumbai, this is a Honda Civic that gets Lamborghini replica clothes. There are several changes and numerous fabrications done to this vehicle including the three-pointed DRLs that are signature of the Lamborghini cars. It also gets a modified cabin that is all covered in leather. The job is so well done that at one glance most cannot make out that it is a replica.