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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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Elford Mazda RX7 Turbo

Bournemouth-based Elford Engineering was responsible for giving the pretty coupe the power it deserved, boosting output to 160bhp courtesy of a Garrett T3 blower. Only around 500 of the 130mph cars were made, and the conversion cost a healthy £2600 back in 1987, but the rotary-engined Porsche rival deserves to be remembered.


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