Man builds space age automobiles
Michael Vetter takes 'donor cars' from paying customers, and makes a series of modifications to create his extraterrestrial vehicles - or 'ETVs' as he calls them.
Vetter owns custom garage The Car Factory in Micco, Fl., came up with the idea after the birth of his daughter, when he was unable to squeeze her car-seat into his sports car.
Vetter's wacky-looking creations are always road-worthy and can hit speeds of up to 100 mph.
He has converted everything from a Toyota Prius to a Porsche Boxster into one of his futuristic models, which have sold from as much as $75,000 to a staggering $250,000. The creative process begins with splitting the original car in two.
"The modifications I make to the donor car usually include cutting the car in half and stretching it to get a longer wheel base," Vetter said. "I use steel tubular metal to build a complete new frame inside of my custom fiberglass body."
The bodyframe is then welded in at least 20 places. Vetter finds headlights from other cars. The glass, however, has to be custom made.
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