Hooniverse Asks: What's the best melding of an older car with a modern one?

The car above looks like a slightly modified version of the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Evo. It’s so much more than that. Under the skin you’ll find the chassis, electronics, floor pan, and complete drivetrain from a more modern C63 AMG. Piper Motorsport from Virginia took five years to meld these two machines together and the finished product is the bonkers brainchild of true hoon genius.
What other examples exist out there? What are some of your favorite builds that incorporate older styling with the running bits from contemporary cars?

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35 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What's the best melding of an older car with a modern one?”

    1. crank_case Avatar

      More modern mechanically, but I think the shells start out as 964s so it looks older than it actually is.

  1. tonyola Avatar

    Maybe not 2010s modern, but the 1936 Detroit Electric combined a 1915 body with a 1936 Dodge front end.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      How do you even know about this one? That’s a real oddling.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        I found it in one of the very best car books ever written, also available as a CD-ROM. Warning – neither will be cheap.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      I am currently standing within about a thousand feet of one of those!
      My boss has one in the corporate museum.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    Corvette guys have been doing this for years. Drop a C1, C2, or C3 body on a C4, C5, or C6 chassis.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      I’ve always disliked those…

    2. Tank Avatar

      Corvette guys are real jerks

      1. Harry Callahan Avatar
        Harry Callahan

        ….as if Porsche guys are more approachable…..

        1. Tank Avatar

          Honestly, I run into them less

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      Ok, ok, I get it. At first I thought it was some sort of space-time differential thing. VAZ just didn’t update the Lada sheetmetal over the production period. Clever.

    2. WebberJ Avatar

      That turns out excellent man, great job! Those wheels reminds me of the same setup we had on our old F150 project, matched with stainless railing, tonneau covers and chrome rear bumper. I miss that truck.

    1. Alff Avatar

      I thought about posting this same car. It’s beautiful. However, it’s not really an old Volga.

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      I still have that image saved on my hard drive. Gorgeous, though I think extensive bodywork was involved.

    1. WebberJ Avatar

      That’s a great combination of futuristic classic car!

  3. neight428 Avatar

    Oh, and my own personal idea would be to take an Audi A5 coupe and transplant it to a GM Alpha platform. Great interior, beautiful styling, and with gobs of torque without the feeling of imminent doom once it is out of warranty.

  4. Zentropy Avatar

    I started wrenching cars in the 80s, so I typically did the reverse, putting 60s engines into 80s cars. It made more sense back then.

    1. WebberJ Avatar

      That’s very odd to hear indeed. How’s the performance?

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    Always a Hooniverse favorite. Great flowing lines and flawless craftsmanship to go along with the additional practicality not present in the original donor.

    1. Tank Avatar

      I miss that game

    2. WebberJ Avatar

      Lol. Hope I can drive one of these someday.

    1. WebberJ Avatar

      Nice concept of headlights. Hope to see them working.

  6. ptschett Avatar

    I rather liked the Ring brothers’ combination of 1948 Cadillac body & 2015/16 ATS-V underpinnings that they built for local-to-me GM-dealership principal owner Wes Rydell.

    1. salguod Avatar

      The Jay Leno’s garage video on this is worth a look. Fantastic car. They evidently started with two 1948 Cadillacs and two new ATS-Vs and ended up with this.

      1. WebberJ Avatar

        He surely got a good collection! Nice Cadillacs.

    1. WebberJ Avatar

      That’s a precious one!