• Jul 20, 2011
We're glad to see that Mercury vehicles are continuing to make themselves useful even after the brand's demise. One enterprising soul in Palm Bay, Florida took it upon himself to craft another 2002 Mercury Cougar into the image of a Bugatti Veyron. The project took Mike Duff around nine months to complete, including all of the exterior body work and slathering the interior with leather. Outside, the body is stitched from plenty of fiberglass and composites on a steel tube frame, and the finished product looks pretty similar to a legitimate Veryon.

Unfortunately, the vehicle's drivetrain won't be setting any world records anytime soon; the car still uses the same beating heart as the 2002 Cougar. The 2.5-liter V6 is good for 170 ponies – a far cry from the nearly 1,000 horsepower available from the legendary W16 in the Veyron.

There are a few plusses, however. For one, Duff's creation can seat four people comfortably, and we're guessing it costs significantly less to own and operate. Speaking of price tags, this faux-Bugatti can be yours for the princely sum of $89,000. Check it out on eBay Motors.


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      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very impressive bodywork. Would I rock it? No, but props to a guy with some serious skills.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care what the naysayers complain about - that looks like a damn impressive facsimile of the real thing. The proportions look pretty darn close, the build-quality from the pictures seems good, and if you were walking past it on the street, there are only a few things that really stick out that would make you question it - after all, its not like you see Veyrons every day to have something to compare it to. Its definitely not worth the kind of money the guy is asking for it - especially since its based on a Cougar of all cars, but I can only imagine what this guy would be able to do if given a good, sporty, RWD platform because he seems to be rather talented.
      goetzcr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheesiness; check. Slowness; check. However, that scratch-built body is pretty impressive. It's hard to judge the fit and finish from these pictures, but he seemed to have nailed the proportions. Remember all those fiero-ferrari things that had a totally wrong stance? This is actually pretty good. 89k seems WAY pricey, though.
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about put brand new 5.0 liter on that thing?
      RudyH
      • 3 Years Ago
      or I can buy a 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena with a 10th less mileage, for less, added plus I will know I am driving a true exotic...
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The crazy part of all of this is taht it actually looks almost right! The wheels spoil the game, but overall, the proportions and the detailing would convince 99% of the public in passing. Only car spotters know immediately that this isn't a pur-sang Bug of any edition. $90,000 though? If this were another site I'd cry Crack Pipe...
      v6sonoma
      • 3 Years Ago
      As far as fakes go this one is really good. Would have been nice if he could have squeezed a V8 in there but the body work looks excellent.
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 3 Years Ago
      He could have at least swapped the motor from the Contour SVT into it.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      sleeper this is not
      shelftickle
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, i wonder where he got the glass and headlights? He should make a supersport, so all the regular veyron owners can "pretend"
      xmailboxcancerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is ... incredibly convincing. I love this very very very much.
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