I'm going to revisit this concept as a chop soon. This is the late and unlamented Tbird roadster, made much more classic than the one Ford produced. I set the cab further to the rear to improve the proportions. I also changed the porthole roof, which is an idea that worked in '56, not 2006, with a sharper edged removable top with triangular quarter windows—a more classic Tbird styling trait. Overall, I tried to "butch" it up a bit more than the production car as well. I would like to start over with a better original photo one of these days. This chop dates to 2007 I believe.
A tongue-in-cheek look at the future of über luxury cars if we ever see $10/gallon gas, lol. This is the Dodge Hornet concept with a Chrysler Imperial front clip from that brown luxury concept of a couple of years ago. I was more concerned with the overall coloration of this piece, and I still love the pastel lavenders, teals and greens. The car, well, it is what it is! I think this is from 2008.
A slightly more svelte Smart ForTwo, the ForTwoPlus. I lengthened it slightly, enough for a few grocery bags on a shelf behind the front seats. I changed the trim, gave it better wheels, and added a whole bunch of small LEDs outling the front airdam, grille surround and center bar. I think it looks less like a grocery cart here. Hopefully it would somehow get better mileage than the real one, which is really disappointing considering how tiny it is.
How about a Yaris coupe? This was chopped from a photo of one of the Autoweek and MotorTrend 'regulars' back in the day, a kid named Brian. This was his mother's new Yaris in 2008 I think. Brian is a really talented musician that is probably going to hit Nashville any day now. He has several CDs he's produced already. For this chop, I wanted to see if I could make the Yaris lower and wider, a la Harley Earl's mantra, but keep the Toyota-ness of it. I added chrome to the grille's center bar, and modified the headlights, although I don't remember just what I did to them, lol. Chromed door handles, and a glass roof add a suitable upscale touch to this little economy car. I think this is the first chop I made from a personal photo rather than a PR piece.