Like everything in life, there's a right away and a wrong way to customize. The right way could be fitting a modern motor and transmission to a classic car body. That way you get the economy and reliability you want in a daily driver with the looks of a classic.
The wrong way is bolting an Easy Rods '50s Ford lookalike kit to a 1995 Ford Thunderbird. It's the sort of kit you buy when you have a) money for spending and b) no taste.
We found this fire engine red example up for sale by a dealer located in Charlotte, North Carolina. You still get everything that made the tenth generation Thunderbird...uh..."great", including its 205 hp 4.6-liter V8 with 265 lb ft (359 Nm) of torque. You also get a 4spd automatic transmission and independent suspension, air conditioning, cruise control and power everything.
How much, you ask? It's a "steal" at just.... US$19,995.
There's even a video, accompanied by Angels & Airwaves' 2006 hit, "The War". We can think of some other songs we might have used, such as Daphne & Celeste's "Ugly" and Melanie Safka's "What Have They Done To My Song, Ma?"
Let us know what you think in the comments.
By Tristan Hankins