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autoevolution's Tuning Month

Vehicles to move us to and fro have been around for more than a century, and have been made in such huge numbers that it’s literally impossible to know how many of them, cars or motorcycles, came and went since the first one rolled under its own power.

Now, take that huge, yet unknown number, and multiply it several times. It’s a pointless exercise, we know, but one that gives us a sense of the endless reservoir of customized, bettered, or transformed machines that has been building up over the decades.

Because yes, humans being what they are, they are never satisfied with something stock. Vehicles felt the full force of this reality, especially given how they’ve come to be perceived as an extension of the self.

Inspired by SEMA kicking off in November, we've decided to dedicate this month to vehicle tuning and everything it stands for. We’ll have a small army of writers going at it for 30 straight days, trying to bring to light the worthwhile, or wild, or failed projects from across the globe and ages.

We’ll of course fail in covering them all, given their incomprehensible number, but if you plan to treat yourself this November to custom, tuned or otherwise modified cars and motorcycles, this is the place to be.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
Baldwin-Motion Camaro 540 SC: A Modern 700-HP Take On an Iconic Muscle Car
Baldwin-Motion Camaro 540 SC: A Modern 700-HP Take On an Iconic Muscle Car

9 Nov 2021, 22:21 UTC · By: Vlad Radu / Built from scratch by custom car wizards and boasting a 540 ci V8 designed by Joel Rosen, this monster was a tribute to the late '60s Phase III Motion Camaros

 
1971 Plymouth Duster Shorty Is So Weird It's Actually Cool, Still Rocks V8 Power
1971 Plymouth Duster Shorty Is So Weird It's Actually Cool, Still Rocks V8 Power

9 Nov 2021, 21:26 UTC · By: Ciprian Florea / Shortened sometime in the 1970s, this Duster had its wheelbase reduced to only a third of its original size, while the doors were removed

 
'98 Chevy S-10 EV Conversion Work in Progress Reps The Next-Gen of Tuning Culture
'98 Chevy S-10 EV Conversion Work in Progress Reps The Next-Gen of Tuning Culture

9 Nov 2021, 20:13 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Originally, this custom build started out as a perfectly normal 1998 Chevy S/10 light truck, which came with a plethora of four and six-cylinder engines

 
1949 Chevy 3100 Restomod is Worth As Much as a Fully Loaded New Silverado
1949 Chevy 3100 Restomod is Worth As Much as a Fully Loaded New Silverado

9 Nov 2021, 18:05 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / In its heyday, the 3100 came with one of three options of inline six-cylinder engines, as big, burly V8s had yet to cement their place at the top of lineups

 
VW Heavily Modifies Two Vintage Cabriolet Beetles and Invites Wolfsburg Players to a Drive
VW Heavily Modifies Two Vintage Cabriolet Beetles and Invites Wolfsburg Players to a Drive

9 Nov 2021, 17:47 UTC · By: Cristian Curmei / VfL Wolfsburg's newest players, Lukas and Felix Nmecha, were invited by VW to test two modified Beetle Cabriolets for 90 minutes. One electric, one ICE

 
Tommy Ivo’s Nitro Dodge Charger Up for Sale as Piece of Drag Racing History
Tommy Ivo’s Nitro Dodge Charger Up for Sale as Piece of Drag Racing History

9 Nov 2021, 09:52 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / Tommy Ivo's Ivo’s “finale in the nitro ranks,” a nitromethane-burning Dodge Charger, is for sale during the Mecum auction in January

 
Five Years Ago, This VW Reached 205 MPH (330 KPH) and Became the World’s Fastest Beetle
Five Years Ago, This VW Reached 205 MPH (330 KPH) and Became the World’s Fastest Beetle

9 Nov 2021, 09:52 UTC · By: Vlad Radu / With a stock body and a thoroughly upgraded engine, this little car blew past the 200 mph mark and became the fastest Beetle ever built

 
Harley-Davidson Night Rod Is So Black It’s Invisible When the Sun Is Down
Harley-Davidson Night Rod Is So Black It’s Invisible When the Sun Is Down

9 Nov 2021, 08:47 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This Estonian-made Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod Special packs a supercharged engine and the mean, black looks to go with it

 
1969 Ford Mustang Flaunts GT500 Engine, Looks Like the King of the Desert
1969 Ford Mustang Flaunts GT500 Engine, Looks Like the King of the Desert

8 Nov 2021, 20:50 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / If someone ever comes up with the concept of "Race Wars" in the desert, everyone should be racing Prerunner muscle cars like this 1969 Mustang!

 
1987 Dodge Ramcharger's Ready to Wipe the Floor With any Modern 4x4
1987 Dodge Ramcharger's Ready to Wipe the Floor With any Modern 4x4

8 Nov 2021, 18:04 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / It it a Ram? Or is it a Charger? Ultimately, those questions are pointless because the Ramcharger a kind of hairy-chested off-roader.

 
Tricked out GMC Jimmy's Engine is Less Advanced Than the Game Console In the Back
Tricked out GMC Jimmy's Engine is Less Advanced Than the Game Console In the Back

8 Nov 2021, 17:30 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / The fire engine red paint provides a fitting canvas for the plethora of different designs on display 360 degrees around the exterior.

 
Factory Five GTM With 454 LSX V8 Could Give the C8 a Run for Its Money
Factory Five GTM With 454 LSX V8 Could Give the C8 a Run for Its Money

8 Nov 2021, 16:11 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Based in Wareham, Massachusetts, Factory Five's provided high-quality and capable kit cars to satisfy the DIY itch for a plethora of different automotive niches

 
This Is an Artist's Impression of a 2021 BMW M4 Widebody Kit
This Is an Artist's Impression of a 2021 BMW M4 Widebody Kit

8 Nov 2021, 14:37 UTC · By: Sebastian Toma / A digital artist has imagined a wide body kit for the ongoing BMW M4. According to the author, the model has a lot of potential. Let's check it out

 
Tuning 101: Pop-Up the Hood and Improve Your Engine’s Performance
Tuning 101: Pop-Up the Hood and Improve Your Engine’s Performance

8 Nov 2021, 13:47 UTC · By: Tudor Serban / Some small upgrades made to a car's engine might bring more horsepower to it, but not necessarily if you're not doing your homework thoroughly

 
2JZ-Swapped Lamborghini Gallardo Will Blow Your Mind and Ears
2JZ-Swapped Lamborghini Gallardo Will Blow Your Mind and Ears

8 Nov 2021, 12:11 UTC · By: Ciprian Florea / Rated at 1,000 horsepower and looking like it might take off under full throttle, this Supra-powered Gallardo might just be the ultimate 2JZ build

 
Mansory Audi RS Q8 Acts as a Supermodel With Istanbul Being Its Catwalk
Mansory Audi RS Q8 Acts as a Supermodel With Istanbul Being Its Catwalk

8 Nov 2021, 11:46 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Sporting a wide body kit, new wheels, and a healthy power boost, this Audi RS Q8, tuned by Mansory, smiled for the camera in Istanbul, Turkey

 
Rich Rebuilds Taking the ICE-T to SEMA Show Was Almost as Fun as Being There
Rich Rebuilds Taking the ICE-T to SEMA Show Was Almost as Fun as Being There

8 Nov 2021, 11:39 UTC · By: Gustavo Henrique Ruffo / Visitors were really looking for Leenda but were more than happy to see a Tesla converted to use a combustion engine... and a pornstar

 
1964 Turbo-Sonic Is a Delta-Shaped 1,000 HP Dragster, One of George Barris’ Insane Builds
1964 Turbo-Sonic Is a Delta-Shaped 1,000 HP Dragster, One of George Barris’ Insane Builds

8 Nov 2021, 09:21 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The 1964 Turbo-Sonic, one of the George Barris projects of old, has surfaced and it's going under the hammer in January in Florida

 
This 1965 Modified Mustang Has Some Parts That Need To Go
This 1965 Modified Mustang Has Some Parts That Need To Go

8 Nov 2021, 00:10 UTC · By: Tudor Serban / This modified 1965 Mustang Coupe has some mods that might not be your cup of tea, but fortunately the most unpleasant parts may be replaced with little money

 
Insane V10 Formula Supra Goes to the Dyno, Ears May Bleed
Insane V10 Formula Supra Goes to the Dyno, Ears May Bleed

7 Nov 2021, 18:55 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / After an intense year of development, Ryan Tuerck's Formula Supra has had its first dyno session and the Judd V10 engine sounds like an angry Decepticon!