Svelte, sleek, sophisticated, slinky, swank. My Mustang Sportroof, created from Giugiaro's concept car can be described in many ways.
C H O P — Four years ago, an incredible Italian industrial/auto design firm, Ital Design, worked its magic on the then-current Mustang. It went over fairly well in the enthusiast press, but on the forums, not so much. It seems that no European's design for the consummate American pony car would do for them, no matter how long and storied the European designer's career was, and Georgio Giugiaro's Ital Design is a designer's design firm.
I found nothing wrong with his vision, in fact I coveted it! I'm not crazy about the particular shade of paint they chose, seemingly the worst shades of brown and copper mixed together. Both brown and copper can be gorgeous, but I think they missed the mark with this hue. The lines of the car I thought were just about perfect though. I decided to chop it not to 'fix' it, which is the usual reason for any chopper to chop a car, but just to go further with the sleekness factor.
I changed the color to a brighter shade of orange, a much more American "pony car" color than the original one. I "finished" the body side sculpting behind the rear wheels, matching, and emphasizing the indents in the middle of the car. I totally changed the rear taillight configuration, and added a chrome bar in the center of the hatch lid, tying the fuel filler cap and the taillights, in much the same way Ford did in the '60s and early '70s on many of its cars. Interestingly, Ford has done this particular touch on the new 2010 Taurus, but I did it first, lol.
I'm posting the original image so you can get a feel for the changes I made! Enjoy!
Giugiaro's stunning Mustang concept from late 2006, the original photo for the chop above.