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Redusernab Asks: What’s the best melding of an older car with a modern one?

Jeff Glucker September 27, 2018 Redusernab Asks 35 Comments

The car above looks like a slightly modified version of the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Evo. It’s so much more than that. Under the skin you’ll find the chassis, electronics, floor pan, and complete drivetrain from a more modern C63 AMG. and the finished product is the bonkers brainchild of true hoon genius.

Frankenstein Benz Project – 190E body on a C36 AMG

What other examples exist out there? What are some of your favorite builds that incorporate older styling with the running bits from contemporary cars?

  • neight428

    Not exactly modern, but more modern than it was…

    • crank_case

      More modern mechanically, but I think the shells start out as 964s so it looks older than it actually is.

  • tonyola

    Maybe not 2010s modern, but the 1936 Detroit Electric combined a 1915 body with a 1936 Dodge front end.

    • Sjalabais

      How do you even know about this one? That’s a real oddling.

      • tonyola

        I found it in one of the very best car books ever written, also available as a CD-ROM. Warning – neither will be cheap.

    • I am currently standing within about a thousand feet of one of those!
      My boss has one in the corporate museum.

  • P161911

    Corvette guys have been doing this for years. Drop a C1, C2, or C3 body on a C4, C5, or C6 chassis.

    • Jeff Glucker

      I’ve always disliked those…

    • Tank

      Corvette guys are real jerks

      • Harry Callahan

        ….as if Porsche guys are more approachable…..

        • Tank

          Honestly, I run into them less

  • onrails

    Am I doing this right?

  • They put a 1970 body on a 1988 car – in 1980.

    • Zentropy

      Ok, ok, I get it. At first I thought it was some sort of space-time differential thing. VAZ just didn’t update the Lada sheetmetal over the production period. Clever.

    • WebberJ

      That turns out excellent man, great job! Those wheels reminds me of the same setup we had on our old F150 project, matched with stainless railing, and chrome rear bumper. I miss that truck.

  • AlexG55

    The Volga V-12 coupé (it’s an 850CSi underneath)

    • Alff

      I thought about posting this same car. It’s beautiful. However, it’s not really an old Volga.

    • Zentropy

      I still have that image saved on my hard drive. Gorgeous, though I think extensive bodywork was involved.

  • 0A5599

    Blastolene B 702.

    • WebberJ

      That’s a great combination of futuristic classic car!

  • neight428

    Oh, and my own personal idea would be to take an Audi A5 coupe and transplant it to a GM Alpha platform. Great interior, beautiful styling, and with gobs of torque without the feeling of imminent doom once it is out of warranty.

  • Zentropy

    I started wrenching cars in the 80s, so I typically did the reverse, putting 60s engines into 80s cars. It made more sense back then.

    • WebberJ

      That’s very odd to hear indeed. How’s the performance?

  • 0A5599

    Always a Redusernab favorite. Great flowing lines and flawless craftsmanship to go along with the additional practicality not present in the original donor.

    • Tank

      I miss that game

    • WebberJ

      Lol. Hope I can drive one of these someday.

  • Batshitbox

    Kalashnikov’s Izh 2125 Kombi based CV-1 electric car.

  • Batshitbox

    Kalashnikov’s Izh 2125 Kombi based CV-1 electric car.

    • WebberJ

      Nice concept of headlights. Hope to see them working.

  • ptschett

    I rather liked the Ring brothers’ combination of 1948 Cadillac body & 2015/16 ATS-V underpinnings that they built for local-to-me GM-dealership principal owner Wes Rydell.

    • The Jay Leno’s garage video on this is worth a look. Fantastic car. They evidently started with two 1948 Cadillacs and two new ATS-Vs and ended up with this.

      • WebberJ

        He surely got a good collection! Nice Cadillacs.

  • Old Blevins

    1947 Tucker from 1942 Oldsmobile

    • WebberJ

      That’s a precious one!