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Top 10: Modified cars that became classics

Almost since the motor car first arrived, people have wanted to modify them. Whether it was more performance they were after, or something a bit more stylish, the temptation to alter the original design has always been a strong one. And things were to reach their zenith in the 1970s and 1980s when all manner of cars - whether suitable or not - were subjected to the attention of the tuners.  

From high-quality engineering to wild bodykits, there really was something for everyone, and while not all were tasteful they certainly added colour to the motoring landscape.  Here then is a chance to take a trip down memory lane and re-visit some of our favourites.

Words: Chris Randall

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Treser Audi quattro Roadster

Having helped develop the quattro, engineer Walter Treser moved on to modifying it with spectacular results. Introduced in 1983, the convertible boasted an electric fibreglass roof that folded theatrically onto the rear deck, and there was more power too. A chunky bodykit and gorgeous turbine-style alloys were the icing on the cake.


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