The School Bus-Truck

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Is it a school bus or a school truck? Actually it’s both.

The financial crysis is taking its toil on the educational system as well. Schools can’t even afford school busses anymore, so they improvise. The school bus-truck isn’t the ugliest vehicle I have ever seen and I’m sure it gets the job done, but it is damn funny looking.

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Bad-ass Bridal Carriage

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This has got to be the perfect alternative to the fairytale horse-pulled bridal carriage.

A while ago we posted some photos of the motorcycle hearse, a bikers’ favorite last ride. Now it’s time for something a little less morbid, the motorcycle bridal carriage.

Dan Dismile, a man passionate about motorcycles, cars and weddings decided to mix them all together and create the ultimate wedding ride. After a year of hard work he came up with a “Cinderella meets Harley“coach that appeals to bikers and people looking for something out of the ordinary.

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Old Russian Army Vehicles for Sale

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Russia sure had a lot of obsolete army gear that needed to be put to good use.

So they turned most of the old army vehicles into utility vehicles and started using them for all kinds of stuff, agriculture, constructions, or special situations like heavy snowfalls. Apparently they have to many of these old metal beasts and they’re putting them on sale. I’d buy one if they were cheap, just to rive it around town.

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World’s Smallest Car

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It might not be exactly up-to standards design-wise, but the Peel P50 is the perfect car on a crowded street.

Only 50 cars were prodused and sold between 1963 and 1964, but only 20 are still around today. The original price was 200 pounds, but today you can’t buy one of these micro-cars with less than 35,000 to 50,000 pounds.

The three-wheeled car has only one door on the left side, one windscreen wiper and one headlight. At 134 cm in length and 99 cm in width, the Peel P50 mini-car was designed to accomodate one adult and a shopping bag.

You might not be able to ride in a micro-machine like the P50, but you will be able to observe one up close, at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, in London.

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The First Lebanese Super-Car

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Lebanese designer David Frem long announced he will create a super-car better than a Ferrari, but it was just bull.

While the Frem F1 might not be the ugliest car in the world, it’s definitely not a looker either.  The car’s design could have been better, especially in the front, but the F1 suffers a lot in the interior department. No real styling at all, just foam and cardboard, and I’d say Ferrari does interiors a little better than that.

In terms of performance Ferm‘s puppy better keep its head down in front of a Ferrari beast. It’s powered by 2.0 Wolkswagen engine, connected to an Audi gear-box, that pushes the car to a maximum speed of 124mph.

Lebannon may have its first super-car, but instead of testing it against a Ferrari they might want to try an easier opponent, like the Marussia, Russia’s first super-car.

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World’s Fastest Volvo

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Volvo is known as one of the safest cars in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them go fast too.

Spotted on the streets of Johor, Malaysia, this car has to be the fastest Volvo in the world. As you can see in the photos, it has no less than 10 exhausts, countless gauges showing God knows what information, and the stickers on the back warn anyone foolish enough to want to race it, that it has fuel injection and twin turbo.

Not much more info on the web about this beast, but what more can anyone say really? The photos speak a lot louder than words.

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Home-Made Motorcycle

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Are you sad because you can’t afford to buy that Harley-Davidson chopper you’ve always dreamed of? That’s ok, the economic crysis hit us all hard, but don’t worry you can build a fine chopper yourself, like this guy did.

This Chinese dude proves to us all that if you want something really bad you can achieve it. He wanted a motorcycle, but he didn’t have the cash for a new one, so he built it from junk. It may not be the best-looking chopper you’ve ever seen, but it works, and that’s all that matters to this guy.

So if you can’t buy a bike, build it. It’s not easy but  people built greater things, like a home-made submarine, a back-yard rollercoaster and even an Ironman costum.

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Anime Painted Cars

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Some people love anime heroes that much.

We all know how popular anime are worldwide, but especially in the coutry that invented them, Japan. Known as Itasha, the art of covering the body of a car with fictional anime characters, is very popular in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Gatherings to show off the coolest Itasha cars are held regularly, and the latest was organized in Nagara town, just north of Tokyo. Called “Winter 2009 Itasha Collection“, it was held on January 25 and brought together over 150 cool cars. A 20 million-yen Itasha car was reportedly also presented there.

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Gold-plated Mercedes

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It appears gold-plating your car is the latest fashion in rich Arab countries.

Take this gorgeous Mercedes AMG, one of the most beautiful cars on the market today. Its owner wanted to take his “common” car and turn it into so mething that would really turn heads. So what do you do when you have too much money to count, and want to make something shiny shine even more? You gold-plate it of course.

So if you are ever in a country like, let’s say Dubai, and see a golden car drive by, don’t make a big deal out of it, it’s just their thing.

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Best Bull-bar in Russia

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It’s not your average bull-bar but it works.

What do people do when they don’t have enough money to install a normal bull-bar on their SUVs? Well in Russia they just get a log and attach it to the front of the vehicle with some iron bolts. It doesn’t look as good as a normal bull-bar, but it’s a lot cheaper and it gets the job done.

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Marussia – Russia’s Super-Car

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Didn’t know Russia builds super-cars? That’s alright, they didn’t, until now.

Marussia is the invention of Russian GT driver Nikolai Fomenko and it has become the first Grand Turismo car built in Russia. That’s not the most important thing about Marussia, since most of the parts come from abroad, but the fact that you can change its body as easy as replacing a mobile phone’s facet.

The steel frame that holds the 3,5 litre engine and all the other important parts is the core of the Marussia, while the ultra-light plastic body can be easily changed by the owner.

Marussia is a true GT racer, producing 300 horse-power and accelerating from 0 to 100 km. per hour in just 4.2 seconds.

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Racing Limousines

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GP Limos is certainly an original idea. Nobody has ever created a racing vehicle to fit 6 passengers and the driver.

Mike Pettipas is the mastermind behind GP Limos and creator of the World’s Fastest Street-Legal Limousine. The concept of GP Limos is pretty simple, build a racing car that looks like a Formula 1 car, fit it with a powerful engine and accomodate 6 passengers.

No info is revealed regarding the GP Limos‘ engines but it’s got to be something realy impressive, if Pettipas wants to beat the Bugatti Veyron‘s speed record of 253 mph.

GP Limos is a service offered to the public, so if you want a lap around the track in one of these babies just go the official GP Limos website and get in touch.

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GAZ-13 Chaika – An Old School Limousine

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The GAZ-13 Chaika is an old, rare Soviet limousine with a sinister history.

GAZ -13 Chaika is clear proof the soviets had class when it came to building luxury vehicles and its design is appreciated by collectors in modern days. Only 3,719 Chaika limousines were ever built so they are prized treasures for auto enthusiasts, but for the Russians who remember the days of the comunist regime, they are just a dark memory.

Soviet leaders loved the GAZ-13 Chaika and so did the senior KGB officers of the 60s and 70s, but for average Russians the Chaika was just a symbol of the power the Comunist Party had over them. The large rear seat of the GAZ-13 Chaika made it easy for KGB operatives to simply drive by “suspicious” citizens and pull them inside.

Very few GAZ-13 Chaika are around today, since Russian policy had them destrtoyed after they completed their duty cycle.

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Commando Bentley

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Army-camouflage has to be the worst pain choice for a Bentley.

I think I’d rather drive Paris Hilton’s pink Bentley than get behind the wheel of this odd looking thing. I think army-camouflage should be banned as a luxury vehicle paint, it just makes no sense.

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Eliica – World’s Fastest Electric Car

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The Eliica prototype created quite a lot of hype when it was unveilled in 2003, both because of its incredible specifications and ugly looks. Eliica is a fully electric super-car created by a team of engineers from Keio University, Japan. The eight-wheeled vehicle is powered by a pack of large lithium-ion batteries that help it go from 0 to 100 km. per hour in just 4 seconds and reach a top speed of 402 km/h.

Each of Eliica‘s eight wheels produce 80 horsepower and its batteries provide power for a 321 km ride. Hiroshi Shimizu, head of the Eliica project, is considering producing a limited series. The exclusive super-car costs &320,000.

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