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Mercedes-Benz C126 560 SEC AMG | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2019)

Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG Widebody with Overfenders (C126)

A good friend of mine recently complained that most of my photoshop chops are side-view only. That is true, because I have more ideas than time and 3/4 view pictures need a lot more time to finish properly than the simpler side-view pictures.

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Renault R4 Nancy France | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Renault R4 | Nancy, France

Flag FranceSpontan sind wir dieses Jahr an Ostern über die Grenze nach Nancy gefahren und haben das Auto in einem leicht patinierten Parkhaus abgestellt. Der Weg zum Ausgang führt uns quer über das Parkdeck. Wir unterhalten uns über einen der ersten Besuche meiner Eltern in unserem wunderschönen Nachbarland. Jahrzehnte ist dieser Ausflug her und ich stelle mir vor, wie es in dem damals neuen Parkhaus ausgesehen haben mag. Anstelle von silbernen, schwarzen und weißen Einheitsfahrzeugen parkten hier damals Autos in allen möglichen Formen und Farben ― je bunter desto besser.

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Japan Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

08 | Tokyo | Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

Sometimes you are very lucky without knowing. The first time this happened to us was when we visited the New York World Trade Center twin-towers in 2000. A year later they were gone. 17 years later this happened again, when we visited the Tsukiji Fish Market in May 2017. Little did we know that it would be closed and relocated to Toyosu Market in October 2018. Looking back, I feel very happy that I had the chance to see the traditional fish market, which opened in 1935.

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2017 Japan Tokyo Hibiya Park Food Festival | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

07 | Tokyo | Hibiya Park Food Festival

Hibiya Park Food Festival

The previous days’ tour de force took it’s toll. We slept a lot longer than planned and woke up late and very hungry. The Metro took us to Yarakucho station, where we hired some bicycles and started our journey. As luck would have it, there was a food festival in Hibiya Park. How convenient!

2017 Japan Tokyo Tower at Night | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

05 | Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

Aimed with a snack and a plain but very tasty rice ball, we made our way to the Tokyo Tower but didn’t go up to the viewing platform. Instead we opted to go and see the famous Shibuya crossing at night. On our way to Shibuya we found several food trucks, but postponed it to another day and cycled on.

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2017 Japan Tokyo World Trade Center Happy Window | travel photography by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

04 | Tokyo | World Trade Center

World Trade Center, Tokyo Tower and the Skyline at night

The Ginza Parade left us hungry and we went to find something to eat. Japan is a perfect country to be hungry, because most corner shops also offer a variety of delicious hot food at very affordable prices. We sat on a bench and thought the yellow mini-skyscraper across the street looked like half a dozen European garages stacked on top of each other and wondered where the staircase might be hidden. Real estate sure is in short supply here and therefore the Japanese even stack parked bicycles in a clever and efficient way to save space.

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Toyota Tercel 4WD | Pick-up Umbau

Flag FranceWir konnten wegen eines massiven Beach Breaks nicht surfen. Also sind wir die Küste hinunter gefahren, um in Biarritz einen Café au Lait zu trinken. Bei diesem Wetter auf den Pier von Capbreton hinaus zu laufen ist immer ein kleines Abenteuer. Als wir zurück an Land waren, dachten wir unsere Augen spielen uns einen Streich. Aber… etwas an dem vorbeifahrenden Toyota Tercel 4WD fehlte tatsächlich.

Toyota Tercel 4WD pick-up conversion | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

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Ford Transit Mk1 Campervan | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Ford Transit Mk1 | Forwards ever – backwards never!

Flag FranceThere are a number of songs with that or very similar titles that instantly came to my mind while sorting pictures from a 2009 trip to the French Atlantic coast. We spotted this Ford Transit Mk1 camper van in Hossegor. Looking forward is aided by a classic roof mounted spotlight and a set of (not really period-correct) Hella Micro FF fog lights… while looking backwards isn’t really that easy with a missing rear-view mirror. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to speak to the owner if this beautiful camper was in original condition or if it has been restored.

Ford Transit Mk1 Campervan Hossegor France | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Ford Transit Mk1 Campervan Hossegor France | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Renault Alpine A110 | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Renault Alpine A110 à Andelot-Blancheville

Flag FranceOn our way to a wedding in France we opted to take the more scenic Routes Nationales. Driving two days instead of one and taking pictures of interesting things on the way is just so much better than trundling along on the boring Autoroute at 130 km/h. Entering the tranquil town Andelot-Blancheville we found the central plaza full of interesting classic and vintage vehicles, one of which was this Gordini blue Renault Alpine A110 in front of the Hotel-Restaurant Le Cantarel. I especially liked the perfect color-matched parking. Look closely and you will find hints of future posts in the window reflection of the restaurant.

Renault Alpine A110 France | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Renault Alpine A110 France | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Mini Mk1 with mini-me trailer | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Mini Mk1 with mini-me trailer

Flag FranceWhen you least think of it, something out of the ordinary happens. One day in March 2010 we went across the Rhine River to do some shopping in France. As we step out of the Super U we find this lovely little Mini Mk1, complete with a matching trailer. Cute, isn’t it?

Mini Mk1 with mini-me trailer | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Mini Mk1 with mini-me trailer | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Classic Mack Truck | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Classic Mack Truck and a fleet of Volvos

Flag FranceA late afternoon in September 2009. The low sun provided a special light to the French landscape and the sky was filled with heavy clouds. We were driving along the Route Nationale 21 between Périgeux and Limoges, as the first lightning of a nearing thunderstorm stroke. A classic Mack truck was sitting at the intersection in Les Thermes Ouest. I stopped briefly to take a few pictures, and found the spotless Transports Rougier fleet in the background.

Transports Rougier Classic Mack Truck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Transports Rougier Classic Mack Truck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Transports Rougier Classic Mack Truck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Transports Rougier Classic Mack Truck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)


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Willys Jeep MB with Renault R4 body | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Willys MB Jeep with Renault R4 body

Flag FranceIn June 2010 we took the scenic route through the Gorges du Tarn. Climbing out of the canyon and heading towards Le Puy, we drove past a service station somewhere in the rural Département Lozère. As always, I immediately slowed down to take a closer look and was once more rewarded by finding something rather unusual: a leftover WWII Willys MB Jeep that has been cross-bred with a Renault R4. The bodywork of the conversion looked very professional and is actually very clever, because the region sees a lot of snow in winter. Judging by the faded red paint and the rotating light on the roof, it might once have belonged to the local fire department. The markings on the left door indicate that it may have been used by the local garage as well, probably as a service or recovery vehicle?

[Edit: I revisited the vehicle in 2016 and spoke to the owner. Click here to read the article.]

Willys Jeep MB with Renault R4 body conversion | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Willys Jeep MB with Renault R4 body conversion | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Willys Jeep MB with Renault R4 body conversion | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Willys Jeep MB with Renault R4 body conversion | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)


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Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 Shooting Break Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500 | Shooting Break Conversion

I really like the Mercedes-Benz SL R129 series. One day I wondered how a shooting break of this particular model would look like. Apart from the roof, nothing has been changed on the body. The car has been lowered and I added wheels from a V12 S-Class.

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Honda CIVIC AH Hatchback |photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda CIVIC AH Hatchback

Another Honda from the 80’s. Only minor modifications to create this virtual model. I retained the stock look of the third generation CIVIC Hatchback and just lowered it over 15″ mesh wheels. The lights have been altered also for a cleaner look.

Honda CIVIC AH Hatchback |photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda CIVIC Si AH DOHC | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda CIVIC Si DOHC (AH)

The third generation CIVIC still had the sleek and clean design typical of 80’s Hondas. This one was just lowered and a set of up-to-date larger diameter wheels have been installed.

Honda CIVIC Si AH DOHC | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Daihatsu Sirion Turbo with bodykit | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Daihatsu Sirion Turbo M300

Even the most mundane cars can be transformed into something fun to drive. Driving a Daihatsu Sirion rental car in South Africa inspired me to modify one virtually. A more aggressive front, a bodykit and a set of larger wheels help this little car to look more grown-up.

Daihatsu Sirion Turbo with bodykit | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch

Honda Prelude Si BA2 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Honda Prelude Si BA2

In my opinion, Hondas of the 80’s have had a very sleek and clean design – there being no need to change anything on the body or trim. The BA2 Prelude was the first Honda I owned. This one has been lowered over period correct 15 inch mesh wheels and the windows have been tinted.

Honda Prelude Si BA2 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Renault Fuego Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Renault Fuego Turbo

Even though overlooked by most people, the Renault Fuego is a nicely designed car. It does however lack sportiness when factory stock. I flared the fenders, added larger diameter OZ Futura wheels with low profile tires and removed some of the plastic trim.

Renault Fuego Turbo | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Volvo 740 GLE Turbo IMSA | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Volvo 740 GLE Turbo with IMSA wheels

When the first pictures of the IMSA modified Lamborghini Gallardo appeared on the web, I thought that those wheels might look great on any car with straight lines from the 80’s. The Volvo 740 (aka “The Brick”) has been lowered and a custom bodykit was added.

Volvo 740 GLE Turbo IMSA | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Alfa Romeo 33 Permanent4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Alfa Romeo 33 Permanent4

Being a child of the eighties, I grew up with those cars and I still like them. This Alfa Romeo 33 didn’t need a lot of tinkering to become a looker. It has been lowered over BMW 1-Series M wheels, the bodykit has been modified slighly and the rear fascia has been changed.

Alfa Romeo 33 Permanent4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Coupé Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Chrysler 300C SRT8 | Coupé Conversion

A friend of mine built a scale model of a Chrysler 300C Coupé. This inspired me to create this virtual model when the SRT8 version was unveiled. The body has been cleaned, bigger wheels and exhaust tips have been added. Even though it might look like – but the roof is not chopped.

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Coupé Conversion | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Corvette C5 Z06 Lingenfelter | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Corvette C5 Z06 Lingenfelter

Angle of view and the special light attracted my attention to this Lingenfelter Corvette C5 Z06. I didn’t change a lot, just lowered it, enlarged the wheels and the front spoiler, cleaned the rear valance and blacked out the top.

Corvette C5 Z06 Lingenfelter | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Nissan Cedric Y34 VIP | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Nissan Cedric Y34 | VIP

Even though the Nissan Cedric Y34 is a car from the nineties, I opted to give it that retro look with the hood painted flat black hood instead of carbon fiber. The wheels are pure 80’s design – but with a larger diameter not available back then.

Nissan Cedric Y34 VIP | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

Ford Focus ST Mk3 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

Ford Focus ST 4-Door

This is part two of the Ford Focus ST chops. The car has been lowered over a set of nice wheels. The body has been cleaned and some details have been added to the bodykit. However, there was no need to change the bright orange color.

Ford Focus ST Mk3 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

BMW E12 525i | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)

BMW E12 525i

When I found the original picture, I instantly decided that it deserved a nicer background. The 70’s color of this BMW E12 5-Series really stands out – and the shadow line conversion adds to it. Not much else was done, I just added a couple of period correct alloy wheels and lowered it.

BMW E12 525i | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2008)