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WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

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On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

I always thought it would be cool to mount a massive supercar engine into an unassuming everyday commuter like a Toyota Corolla. Imagine pulling up to a stop light next to a Camaro or 911, looking the guy right in the eye, stepping on the pedal ever-so-slightly to let him know you were serious, and then just blowing him away in your Lamborghini-V12-powered Corolla. It would be truly awesome.

Less awesome, but more affordable, would be designing an everyday car—let's say a Mercury Cougar—to look like a supercar. The car featured here may look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it's miserably underpowered.

The owner of this Frankenstein took his stock 2002 Mercury Cougar coupe and added a tubular steel frame and composite-and-fiberglass body shaped like a Bugatti Veyron. He then gave it the classic two-toned Veyron paint job, this one in Ferrari Red and black. He also added 20-inch wheels and leather upgrades inside, but kept the rest stock, vintage '02 Cougar.

While we're not sure why anyone would want a gaudy, fake Veyron (the Veyron is really a car that rides on performance, not necessarily looks), we have to admit that it looks pretty convincing. Sure as hell beats the Camaroghini.

The car is up on eBay now, so if you have an extra $89,000 and no soul whatsoever, you can drive around in a 120,000-mile, 2.5-liter V-6-powered, faux-Veyron-bodied Mercury Cougar. Or, for that kind of cash, you could love yourself the next day by purchasing an actual sports car like a Corvette, 911, or Aston Martin. Sure, you wouldn't get to look like an all-out billion-dollar balla' driving your Veyron down the local strip, but you'd actually get ... you know... a real car instead of a Mercury inside a Veyron-style shell. Which brings us back to our original question—WHY?

The fact that the owner had to tattoo his email all over every photo makes us think he's pretty desperate to sell. Maybe throw a low-ball number at him and see what he says.


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