Generation High Output staff have been attending car shows of all types for more than a decade. During that time, we have seen all manner of cars from every corner of the automotive world.
Here, we feature some of the most weird, strange, oddball, and certainly unique automotive creations we’ve come across. This is our gallery of custom cars, most of which were NOT built by professionals. Some might call them “redneck car mods.” Many of these look like things you would find on Reddit under /r/shittycarmod, /r/justrolledintotheshop, or /r/atbge (awful taste, but great execution).
World’s Fastest Mobile Hot Tub
Someone took a 1969 Cadillac de Ville convertible and turned it into a jacuzzi hot tub on wheels. The interior has been replaced by a custom 370-gallon fiberglass hot tub. It is fully functional with the pump and filter in the trunk, and engine-heating of tub water to fully adjustable temperatures of up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The car holds the Guinness World Record for “World’s Fastest Mobile Hot Tub,” set in Bonneville, UT in 2014. The “Carpool de Ville” has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and Jay Leno’s Garage. It was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2019 collector car auction, where it sold for $26,400.
Cadillac De Ville “Ploppet” Art Car
Kyle and Claire Johnson of Scottsdale, Arizona created a one-of-a-kind art car based on a 1994-1999 Cadillac De Ville sedan. The car was created to promote their local delivery business and features a style that the creators call “psychedelic luxury…organized chaos.” Follow The Ploppet on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theploppet/
Stinger XR Custom Car
The Stinger XR is a homemade custom car built on a Corvette C5 chassis. It features an LS2 engine and Porsche transaxle, mid-engine layout, Corvette suspension, a custom fiberglass body, and a removable hardtop. I would have to describe the styling as “awkward from every angle.” The car is strangely wide and short with a high beltline, steep front nose, and unusual shaped front wheel arches. Would have been better off building a Factory Five GTM kit car instead.
C5 Corvette Kart Car “Tice Special”
Corvette kart cars are quite the rage these days. David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan from Motor Trend built a Corvette Kart from a 1985 C4 back in 2014, which has now been viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube. Another C5-based kart car surfaced on YouTube in 2017 from the Cleetus McFarland YouTube channel, which they nicknamed Leroy.
Well, I saw this homemade C5-based Corvette kart car in Las Vegas in 2012. Branded as “Tice Special” it features riveted aluminum bodywork, twin motorcycle-style windscreens, and a chrome skull on the dashboard. It’s definitely faster than any car I own, but the fit and finish of this car leaves no doubt that this was a weekend project in someone’s garage.
Twin Engine, Quad-Supercharged Roadster
Gordon Tronson of Nevada built this incredible 1927 Ford Model T roadster. It features two 4.6L V8 engines and four B&M superchargers. This car produces approximately 1,200 horsepower – fuel economy is unknown. Spotted at the Concours d’Lemons car show in Seaside, CA in August 2017.
The Wanna-Be Bentley
This unusual SUV was spotted by the Generation High Output staff at a Cars and Coffee event in Scottsdale in January 2017. The car is a 2011 Toyota Venza crossover SUV which has been converted to a Bentley Continental front and rear end. It appears to have genuine Bentley headlights and grille, and the body and paint work looks quite well done. If you want to live the baller lifestyle but are on a Toyota budget, this is the car for you.
Pickup Truck Camper from Hell
Why settle for a normal pickup truck camper when you can make your own? Especially one that looks like a moonshine shack you’d find in a swamp. I don’t know what the goal was here, but the creepy factor is turned up to 11.
Homemade, Motorcycle Engine 3 Wheeler
No, it’s not a Morgan, or a Polaris Slingshot, or an Aerial Atom. We have what appears to be a homemade 3-wheeled vehicle powered by a motorcycle engine. There is no manufacturer badge or emblem of any kind, leading me to believe this may be homemade or a special construction vehicle. The fabrication work looks top notch, from the aluminum floor pan to the tube chassis. I bet this is an absolute blast to drive. Spotted in Scottsdale, AZ in May 2018.
Hellcat-Powered Toyota Prius
From the 2017 SEMA Show comes this Hellcat-swapped Toyota Prius. The hybrid drivetrain has been removed and the car has been converted to rear-wheel drive. Built by American Racing Headers, the eco-mobile is now pushing 1,000 horsepower from its Whipple-supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 engine. I guess you could call it a big middle-finger to all of the hypermilers out there.
Ryan Tuerck’s Ferrari-Swapped Toyota 86
Nicknamed the GT4586, this car was displayed at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. It features a 562 horsepower V8 from a Ferrari 458 Italia, swapped into a compact Toyota platform. It was certainly the media darling of the show, receiving lots of curious stares from both JDM fans and Ferrari enthusiasts. This is a car built to please one person – its owner.
Lamborghini-Swapped 2009 Ford Mustang “Tractorri”
This automotive mash-up appeared for sale at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction. A 2009 Ford Mustang was hacked up and received a mid-mounted Lamborghini V10 engine transplant from a Gallardo. The car also received the Gallardo’s AWD system, interior, taillights, and other bits. I really don’t understand who this car was built for, as it is unlikely to be well-received by Mustang fans, and it retains none of the resale value or wow factor of a Lamborghini. The car sold for $170,500 (including buyer’s premium).
Ferrari-Swapped, Twin Turbo 1968 Mustang “Corruptt”
Here we have yet another SEMA Build, this one combining Italian Power with American Muscle. This 1968 Ford Mustang “Corruptt” replaces the stock Ford engine with a 4.3L V8 from a Ferrari F430, then added a twin turbocharger system for increased power. Built by American Legends Hot Rods and Muscle Cars in Phoenix, Arizona, this car received massive attention at the 2018 SEMA Show. The fabrication work is all top-notch, and the car is really pushing the boundaries of the “resto-mod” craze.
Airplane Engine Swapped ’67 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
When swapping engines from other land-based vehicles isn’t enough to wow the crowd, how about an airplane engine? This Chevrolet C10 pickup truck eschews the typical V8 engine for a multi-row radial engine from an airplane. No idea what aircraft this originally came from or if the truck runs. But a a show truck, it turned a lot of heads at the 2014 SEMA Show.
Solar Powered Tesla Roadster
The owner of this car made several appearances at Phoenix-area car shows, delivering parking lot lectures on solar energy and physics. He is a professor and inventor of a solar awning. He has removed the passenger seat from his Tesla Roadster and replaced it with a solar device of his own design, which looks rather interesting, to say the least. “SolarMan” at one point launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a 5-acre solar manufacturing facility / amusement park in Arizona.
2G Mitsubishi Eclipse with Turbine Engine
Who would install a turbine engine in the rear hatch of a 1995-99 Mitsubishi Eclipse? And more importantly, why? This car was seen at various car shows in the Phoenix area in the early 2010s. I believe the engine may have come from a Blackhawk helicopter and that the car may have been sold on eBay at one point, but I have no sources to verify either of these items. It was last seen with a wrap simulating an Air Force motif. The turbine engine produces and ear-piercing sound when fired up, and it can shoot flames approximately 30 feet behind the car.