Cadillac School Bus
“Surfin’ on a sound wave
“Swingin’ through the stars
“Take a left at your intestine
“Take your second right past Mars
“On The Magic School Bus
“Ride on The Magic School Bus”
Oh, come on, you know you were singing that tune in your head the minute you saw that school bus! This vehicle didn’t start out as a school bus, though. It was actually a Cadillac Escalade that had most of its original body replaced. In fact, the only way you’d know this was a Cadillac is by looking at the grill, which the owner left in place for identification purposes.
The Ghostbusters car, also known as the Ectomobile, is also a converted Cadillac. It’s a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel.
Little Richard sang the theme song for The Magic School Bus during the original series.
When I first looked at this, it made me think of the opening scene in Back to the Future when Marty hooked up the guitar to Doc’s amp. And if the speakers on the back of this car are anything like that, you definitely don’t want to be standing anywhere near it when it starts blasting music. This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “deafening sound.” Which brings me to another point about this car…
According to Solo Auto Electronics, not only is this modification outrageous, it’s also illegal. “There are regulations as to how loud your stereo can be, and if you are shattering the windshields of passing commercial airlines, it is a good bet you are exceeding them,” the company wrote on its website.
This Volkswagen Beetle was designed by a mechanical engineer. It has two engines: a stock engine in the front and a 1,350-horsepower helicopter turboshaft engine (General Electric Model T58-8F) that was converted into a jet by the designer.
Believe me when I say that this car is hot. Literally! Ron Patrick, the car’s designer, is limited to three starts in an hour due to the intense heat (over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit) generated by the jet engine.
Unfortunately for the folks on the road, this weird, modified car is actually street legal! Your best bet is to steer clear of it, unless, of course, you don’t mind possibly being disintegrated.
Someone in Japan got the idea of turning this Toyota van into their own version of the Batmobile. Unlike the real Batmobile, this van isn’t very fast at all. Not only that, but it’s very large and loud—nothing like the sleek car that the Caped Crusader owns.
In fact, it really looks nothing like it at all, but rather looks kinda like a Batman costume with a Batman Forever poster slapped on the side of it. Bet you didn’t see that poster until I pointed it out. Anyway, this design seems to be more of a flop than anything else. But that’s just my opinion.
Volkswagen Topsy-Turvy Bug
You probably already figured this out, but this unique creation is not legal to drive on public streets—at least without permission, that is. It’s typically only seen on the street during parades. In fact, this image of the car was taken at the 2006 Houston Art Car Parade. It was in at least one other Houston Art Car Parade. That was the one held in 2004.
The feet sticking out of the top (or should I say bottom) of the upside down car usually have heels on them, but after the driver hit an unexpected bump in the road, they fell off.
Someone also usually rides in the top car during parades. How they get inside there is a mystery to me.
Red Stiletto Motorcycle
Dubbed “the sexiest car ever,” this 1972 Red Stiletto custom trike was created by David Crow of Seattle. Crow used parts of a Honda CB 350 motorcycle to make the bike. It took him four years to complete the entire thing.
About a decade ago, the bike was on display at LeMay Family Museum in Spanaway, WA. I’m not sure exactly where it is now, but it has been spotted a few times at Art Car events (festivals and parades) around the country.
So, what was Crow’s inspiration behind the design? He planned to use the bike as a way to make up with his girlfriend. I don’t know what the fight was about and if they actually made up, but it’s a cool modification nonetheless.
This picture of this itasha (a car decorated with manga, anime, or video game motifs) seems to have been taken on a street somewhere in Japan. Exactly where that street is located remains a mystery to me.
According to the blog A Geek in Japan, itasha is quite popular in otaku circles (people interested in anime and manga) with individuals of a certain age group. My guess is that it’s popular with kids and teens, although I could be wrong.
Unfortunately, that’s about all I can tell you about this uncommon vehicle. I can’t help but wonder, though. Does this car shoot lightning out of its exhaust pipe? It’s a Pikachu van, after all!
A unicorn is a mythical being resembling a horse, and a mustang is a wild horse, so it makes sense that the owner would put these two creatures together to come up with this unique car. Not only is there a big horn in the middle of the hood, there are wings attached on either side of the back.
But this 1968 Ford Mustang isn’t for driving or for collecting dust in the garage. In fact, the modification wasn’t even permanent. The car was being auctioned off to benefit The Albert Kennedy Trust. I’m not sure who bought it, what they’re doing with it now, and if they decided to make the modification permanent. It certainly would be interesting to know.
Upside Down Truck
The genius behind this creation is Rick Sullivan, a mechanic from Illinois. Sullivan combined parts of a Ford F-150 with a 1991 Ford Ranger to make this upside down truck. It cost him $6,000 to build it and took him six months to complete it. And, believe it or not, it’s drivable.
So, where did the idea of making such a vehicle come from? Sullivan was inspired to make this truck when he was called to tow a Ford Ranger that had overturned in an accident one winter. The truck had rolled over on its top in about 10 inches of snow, with all four wheels sticking up in the air. Sullivan then said, “Hey, I’ll bet you I can recreate that.” And he did!
The truck’s novelty license plate reads “FLIPOVR.”
The top wheels spin around.
I wouldn’t dare write this article and not include the most famous modified car of all. That’s right, folks. It’s the Wienermobile! According to the Oscar Mayer website, the Wienermobile was launched in 1936 in response to the Great Depression. The country’s spirits needed lifting, and Oscar Mayer thought the Wienermobile was just the thing to do it.
There are six different Wienermobiles driving around the country at all times, and you can use the map on OscarMayer.com to find the one that’s closest to you. Just type in a location (street address, city or state) to track it.
You can request the Wienermobile for your special events.
The Financial Express
Okay, so is this one of the rejects from the Cars movie? I don’t know if it is or not, but one thing I do know for sure is that you have to admit that it makes you smile when you look at it. At least it made me smile, anyway. It was sort of like a reflex action. You know, like when someone yawns and it makes you start yawning.
Anyway, perhaps it will serve to brighten up the day of each driver that passes by. With everything that’s going on in the world today, we could all use a little joy in our lives. This car got a great attitude!
Mustang Pool Table
The Car Connection
Okay, so this one technically isn’t a car. It’s actually a pool table with the front and rear reproduced to scale to look just like a 1965 Mustang. It even has working headlights, chrome accents, and official Ford licensing. The only thing different is that the middle is much shorter than it would typically be on the car, but that’s only because it’s made to match the standard length of a pool table.
This table would make a good collector’s item or a source of entertainment in the man cave. But be warned: you’re gonna pay a pretty penny for something like this. It was worth about $15,000 in 2010. Who knows how much it’s worth today!
The Phone Car
The Phone Car
This car is the literal interpretation of the term “mobile phone.” Created by business owner Howard Davis, The Phone Car is built on a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle chassis. It has an aluminum body, a tinted windshield, and a telephone ringer as its horn.
It’s been featured in many books (Ripley’s, Art Cars, Guinness, Motor Trend, Weekly World News, to name a few), on many TV news shows, in the documentary film Automorphosis, and as part of the Wild Wheels: Art for the Road exhibit in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Beverly Hills. And, in case you were wondering, yes, it is drivable!
A DeLorean Limo
This DeLorean limousine is big enough for you and 20 of your closest friends to go back (or forward) in time. Okay, well, maybe not that many of your friends. But you can still fit several people in there. That being said, it’s made from three separate cars and has three gull-wing doors.
Based on John Z. DeLorean’s DMC-12, this vehicle is the creation of DeLorean collector Rich Weissensel, who has created a unique collection of custom DeLorean DMC-12s. Included in this collection are a convertible, a monster truck, a DMC-12 Roadster, a hovercraft, and a replica of the time machine from Back to the Future.
Obviously, this car is not drivable; half of it is missing, after all! But it is still a pretty funny one. And I’m sure most men—especially the divorced ones—would feel that it’s pretty accurate, too!
And yes, for the most part, vehicles are considered being marital property, so they are definitely subject to division in divorce court. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the kind of division they had in mind, though.
The half-car was created as a joke by the late-Edgerton, Kansas, Mayor Ray Braun. And to answer your question, no, it wasn’t because his wife divorced him.
This isn’t the only half-car in existence. When a woman in Germany left her husband of 12 years and demanded half of everything, the husband sawed the car (and all their other valuable possessions) in half. He then sent each of the halves to her.
This is the ultimate monster truck! Dubbed “BigFoot 5,” this creation is the brainchild of motor enthusiast Bob Chandler. In 1974, Chandler created the first-ever BigFoot, which stood at 48 inches tall, had four-wheel steering, and a supercharged eight-cylinder engine. Its tires came from a U.S. Army vehicle that was used in Alaska.
Fast forward to the summer of 1986 and you’ve got BigFoot 5, which stands at a whopping 15 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs in at 38,000 pounds! This truck is so huge that it was given the title “Largest Monster Truck” by the Guinness Book of Records the same year in which Chandler built it.
BigFoot 5 is one of a fleet of 17 Bigfoot trucks created by Chandler.
Fiat Uno 8-Wheeler
This small Fiat Uno was modified by Garage54, a well-known Russia-based car garage. They are known for their one-of-a-kind modification jobs, and this one is certainly no exception.
At first glance, you might think that the extra tire at the top is just a spare, but the truth of the matter is that all eight tires are running wheels. Why? Well, that remains a mystery. But what I can tell you is that the whole thing was a bad idea.
An article published by Indian Auto noted that while the garage made modifications to the exterior of the car, it left the engine the same. This means that it now has to work overtime to handle the extra load of the added axles and wheels. As a result, the car isn’t comfortable to drive. For one thing, there’s no suspension setup in the rear, which makes driving on rough roads pretty difficult. Then, there’s all the noise from the engine and front wheels as they try to push the car.
This Highlander Sport 4×4 looks like something that would belong to Inspector Gadget. Perhaps they should call it the High-Up Lander Sport. Ba dum tss! Okay, I know, I know, enough with the corny jokes already.
Anyway, according to a picture RuralInfo.net uploaded to Flickr, this vehicle is supposed to be for rural mail carriers who have trouble reaching those really tall mailboxes. Obviously, that’s just a joke. I’m not sure who this vehicle belongs to and why they modified it in this way. Perhaps someone in Hollywood will see it and decide to use it as the next Gadgetmobile!
The Liam Nissan
This one is so clever that it made me chuckle when I saw it! This car belongs to a Liam Neeson fan, as you probably already have guessed. Not only did this fan plaster Neeson’s face all over the vehicle, he even named it after the movie star!
According to an article published by Hotcars.com, the vehicle appears to be “a racing-modded car, with the air filter peeking from half of the left headlight place.” Speaking of headlight, they both were replaced by metal nets tied with wires.
Liam Neeson does NOT drive a Nissan (although that would be totally cool)! According to Hotcars.com, he drives a Chevy Suburban, a BMW 5 Series, and an Audi Q7.
This van has been fitted with a custom body kit that wraps around the whole vehicle—with the exception of the front. Whoever installed this kit had the foresight to realize that they needed to leave some space in the front of the van so that the hood could still be reached.
While this might seem like the ideal vehicle for a die-hard Transformers fan, this van might be more trouble than anything else. For one thing, the kit makes it three times bigger than it was originally. That, of course, would make driving it difficult or even impossible at times.
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