Every car guy and gal loves their particular dream car, but that doesn’t mean that we have to share their taste. In addition to cars that make us wish we owned them, the Dream Cruise features more than a few customs that make us laugh and thank God we aren’t stuck driving such a monstrosity. Here are cars that started out as a Mustang, a late model Thunderbird and a C4 Corvette. Whoever decided that the prototypical American muscle car needed to be reborn as a bad imitation of an ersatz copy of an Excalibur must have gone to the same design school as whoever penned the body kit on this C4 Corvette turned into a Dodge Viper. The person who decided to add diving planes and faux skirted wheels to the T-Bird deserves special mention.
The late model T-Bird was intended to evoke the “Rocket Bird” of the early 1960s. The Rocket Bird’s clean lines were a break from the baroque, tarted up and befinned “Square Birds”. Murray Pfaff described the process of making his two seat Imperial Speedster from a huge Chrysler as “taking out all the ugly”. The “designer” that drew this body kit must have been digging through Pfaffs trash and scavenged quite a bit of that ugly. At least I can hope that the “X Vette” owner is expressing a sense of humor. The guys driving the tarted up Mustang and Thunderbird had that self assured look of men who just don’t give a damn what others think, they know what they like, even if it’s ugly cars.