It is fair to say that European carmakers have dominated the automobile industry for over a century. Whether it is the Germans with BMW or Porsche, or the British with Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce, there is absolutely no other carmaker in the world that has the same notoriety. Though classic European cars are the pinnacle of collectible cars, some of them deserve a little extra.
Some of the classic European sports cars have become some of the best cars to modify. Though some of these classic European cars are notoriously underpriced, it does not represent a trend. Modifying classic cars from the old continent will require a serious budget. However, it is fair to say that the result will most likely be mind-blowing.
10 1978 Porsche 911
There are tons of very iconic German classic cars out there. From the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing to the BMW E30 M3, German carmakers have manufactured some of the most emblematic cars. Since some of these cars were mass-produced, it is quite understandable that gearheads out there started looking for something more unique.
The Porsche 911 is one of the European classics that are perfect for mods. This widebody 911 is the prime example. Not only does the body-kit look insane, but it’s complemented and elevated to the next level by some beautiful deep dished rims. This 911 turned 930 is not just stunning, it is also quite powerful, as the 3.2L flat-six engine produces a staggering 412 hp.
9 1974 BMW 2002
Over the last couple of years, several petrol heads have noticed a very specific type of cars on the road. These cars were once frowned upon, but are sought-after by car aficionados worldwide. Cars such as the AMC Javelin or the BMW 2002 are increasing in value simply because of the high demand for those cars.
This 2002 is a beautiful restomodded European classic. Though the 2002 was never looked upon as a great sports car, it has all the potential to become a true beast. When fitted with some custom parts, the 2002 can look extremely good. This particular 2002 is also equipped with an E30 M3 engine.
8 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E
Mercedes-Benz was never far behind the competition. As a matter of fact, Mercedes was often far ahead of the rest of the field. While BMW was in the process of coming up with the M3 and M5, Mercedes was already on the market with its emblematic Hammer. In the 80 and 90s, Mercedes-Benz did not fail to build some insane cars.
This ’90 Mercedes-Benz 190E is a true marvel. Though it looks like an Evo II, the car is actually a regular W201. It would have been a blasphemy to modify an Evo II, especially given the fact that only 502 units were ever made. This 190 pays tribute to the Evo II by adopting a similar body kit. However, the car was tuned to produce 986 hp.
7 1978 Jaguar XJ Daimler
British automakers are some of the oddest companies on the planet. Similar to Italian carmakers, they build cars exclusively for high-end customers. Though Jaguars are now a dime a dozen, they have kept this classy feel to them. Classic Jags tend to appreciate slowly in value. As a result, Jags became some of the coolest cars to modify.
This Jaguar is far from a grocery getter. Under the hood sits a humongous 5.3L V12. It is the same powerplant that originally came with the car. It ended getting highly modified. A nitrous oxide system was even added to it. To top it all off, the Daimler was equipped with fender flares, which gives it a much more aggressive style.
6 1968 Lamborghini Miura
It is not common to stumble across a highly modified classic supercar. In fact, it has been argued that modified classic supercars are blasphemous. To put it simply, it would be like eating a well-done filet mignon with fries from McDonald’s and a Big Slurp from 7-Eleven to wash everything down.
The Miura is the sort of classic European cars that have the coolest interiors. The exterior is equally stunning, and it is fair to assume that most people would not modify the car at all. Well, Liberty Walk just wide-bodied a Lamborghini Miura. Before purists go on a crusade against the tuning company, they should know it’s actually a kit car.
5 1992 Porsche 911
Since the Porsche 911 is one of the greatest cars ever made by Porsche, it is quite logical that tuners specialized in modifying 911s and 911s only. Though the cars need very little to look absolutely stunning, they can be turned into race cars fairly easily. This 911 is the prime example.
Akira Nakai San is well-known for being the creator of the astonishing Porsche Rauh Welt Begriff. This Porsche is not unlike the rest of the awesomely modified cars made by the Japanese tuner. The beautifully made body kit gives the car the extra amount of aggressiveness the car desperately needs.
4 1983 BMW 635 CSI
It is always believed that the E30 M3 and E34 M5 are the very first M-badged cars. Though they are the first ones to be officially named M-something, they were preceded by one of the best 6-Series Bimmers ever made, the 635 CSI. This legendary BMW is now becoming one of the coolest classics to modify.
This awesome 635 CSI received a treatment that most purists would simply despise. However, modified classic car fans love to see a BMW of that caliber being turned into a true race car. The roll cage is an obvious telltale sign that something big is sitting under the hood.
3 1991 Lamborghini Diablo
From the 1960s onward, Lamborghini has released some mind-blowing vehicles. The Italian supercar manufacturer started off with the Miura. Upon retiring the Miura, the company started marketing the Countach. Once it was time for the Countach to be retired, the legendary Diablo took the spotlight.
This sick Lamborghini Diablo is based in Japan. Though it received a tremendous makeover, the car is not that outrageous for Japan. The back information on this Diablo is sadly not available, but we can all appreciate the time, effort, and money that has gone into this build.
2 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS
Ferrari is one of the most recognizable brands on earth. Along with Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, and Nike, Ferrari is one of those brands that represents an entire field. Despite being luxurious and fast, Ferrari cars tend to be forgotten once the novelty effect wears off. Consequently, people with a genuine will to give these oldies a second life have decided to roll up their sleeves.
Casil Motor and Button Built made this incredible 308 GTS named the BB3X8 Fuorilegge Development Program. That is quite a name for a car that impressive. The car was, of course, featured at SEMA. This 308 GTS is until today looked upon as one of the coolest modified classic European cars.
1 1985 Audi Sport Quattro
Audi is sort of a late bloomer. While Mercedes-Benz and BMW had been manufacturing amazing cars for decades, Audi was still in the process of coming up with something respectable. The 1980s were a great decade for German carmakers, that was also when Audi came out with its crazy Sport Quattro.
The Audi Sport Quattro is a rare vehicle. Only 11,452 units were ever produced. Since most of them were sold in Europe, some Sport Quattro owners from the old continent went ahead and modified this classic. This classic Audi looks ever more serious with this huge body kit.
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