• ETC
  • Aug 3, 2012
If you are a big fan of automotive oddities, this may come as a little treat. If you are a Shelby or Mustang diehard, prepare to have your sensibilities violated.

The master fabricators at BigDaddyCustoms are the minds behind what you see above. At first, it appears to be a slightly misshapen custom Mustang, modeled after "Eleanor" from Gone In 60 Seconds, but upon further examination, something appears to be amiss. In fact, the custom shop, based in India, has created an Eleanor replica grafted upon a lowly Chevrolet Optra. While it may take a second for the Optra to ring a bell, you should recognize its badge-engineered sibling, the Daewoo Lacetti, used on Top Gear.

We don't know what star would opt for the Reasonably Priced Car in Shelby's clothing, but it's clearly someone more concerned with the aesthetic than the performance credentials of this automotive mash-up.

This is not BigDaddyCustoms' first foray into aping a well-known automobile. The shop recently gained notoriety for constructing a Range Rover Evoque based on a Tata Safari. It's called the Moon Rover, and we're sure has the same all-looks/no-go formula as the "Eleanor" project.


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      Christopher Burns
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey... It looks better than a mustang II.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks bad in these zoomed in photos, I can't even imagine how bad it would look if they stepped back and you could see how off the proportions are.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like how I would expect it to look, absolutely awful. The panel gap and overall fit is atrociously bad.
      Jason Sieben
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the "muscle always wins" logo on the rear decklid. Yeah, unless your a poseur. I wonder how many people in their home country they actually fool with this.
      Hunter Adams
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh...no...just no....
      Baskingshark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nicolas Cage has a lot to answer for. The "Eleanor" clones look bad enough on actual Mustangs, let alone this abomination. Or the Smart version for that matter.... Oh, and the real Eleanor is and always will still be a yellow '71 disguised as a '73.
      Leather Bear
      • 2 Years Ago
      "you should recognize its badge-engineered sibling, the Daewoo Lacetti, used on Top Gear." For US readers that aren't Top Gear UK viewers (or Korean automotive anoraks), Daewoo (nee Chevrolet) Lacetti = Suzuki Forenza (sedan) or Reno (hatch).
      taybrego31
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully, what happens in India STAYS in India!
      MrWhopee
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Someone more concerned with aesthetics", what aesthetics? The proportions are all wrong! I think something with a chassis and a rear drive/north-south engine would be a better starting point for the conversion, like the aforementioned Tata Safari. In a somewhat related note, I saw a Shelby Mustang in a repair shop the other day. The real one, not a replica or anything.
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kill it with fire
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's called making do w/what u got
      Shift Intohigh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, man, is that nice.
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