Lusting after a 1969 Ford Mustang, but can’t afford one? Dream Customs India has got your back with this Hyundai Accent conversionby Dim Angelov, on
Many car enthusiasts lust after a high-performance supercar or a classic muscle car. Sadly, both are out of most people’s reach. This, in turn, creates a market niche for studios specializing in building replicas. After showing us their Honda Civic-based Lamborghini Aventador project, Dream Customs India is now showing us something even more bizarre. I’m sure you’re familiar with the 1969 Ford Mustang – a car that has achieved global stardom. The Indian studio has taken a 2009 Hyundai Accent – a fairly modern economy car - and turned it into a somewhat convincing clone of the 1969 Pony car. We’ll let you be the judge.
From Economy Car to Muscle Car
Just like the Lamborghini Aventador SJV replica, it’s clear a lot of work has gone into the conversion. Of course, there are clear indications that this isn’t an original 1969 Mustang. The dimensions are off and the stance of the car isn’t as aggressive. Not to mention the front overhang, which gives off the front-wheel-drive layout. That said, all classic design cues have been well-executed and, from a distance, you can actually be fooled.
Once you get close, however, things take a turn for the worse. We won’t comment on the fit and finish, but we will mention the dual red stripes, which are not only misaligned, but also aren’t attached properly. The rear end actually looks the most convincing, but the trunk lid handle is located on a very uncharacteristic spot – on top of the trunk lid itself.
The same goes for the interior, which is finished in two-tone leather. At first glance, everything looks decent. They’ve even replicated the “double hoop” with moderate success.
Of course, you can clearly see the plastic Hyundai Accent center console, which immediately ruins everything.
As for the engine, don’t expect to find a big American V-8 under the hood. Video footage actually allowed us to hear the sound of the replica and although they’ve clearly modified the exhaust in order to give a vaguely convincing soundtrack, the note of an inline-four engine is still clearly recognizable.
Still, we are sure there’s a market for such cars in India. Despite the questionable fit and finish, the amount of work gone into this full conversion is immense. One thing is certain, even with all the work that’s gone into it, it will still be a lot more affordable than an original 1969 Ford Mustang.