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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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AMG Hammer

Before AMG was consumed within the vast Mercedes-Benz empire they produced this, the aptly named ‘Hammer’. Based on the unassuming 300E saloon, it was powered by the 5.6 litre V8 from the 560SEC with further AMG mods, and performance was as outrageous as you’d expect. The cost in 1986? An eye-watering £50k.


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