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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.
Custom BMW R 18 Wrapped in Gunmetal Grey Ditches the Retro Style, Goes for Sci-Fi Look
Custom BMW R 18 Wrapped in Gunmetal Grey Ditches the Retro Style, Goes for Sci-Fi Look

7 Nov 2021, 16:39 UTC · By: Florina Spînu / Russian workshop Zillers turned an R 18 cruiser from a classic retro bike into a futuristic machine that's ready to take off into space

 
Watch a Master Mechanic Turn a Non-Running Honda Pickup Into Evil-Looking Mini Monster
Watch a Master Mechanic Turn a Non-Running Honda Pickup Into Evil-Looking Mini Monster

7 Nov 2021, 10:31 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / To most people, a rusty, non-running early 2000s Honda Cab-Over Pickup is nothing remotely worth fixing up. But not when know what you're doing.

 
RCR's Vagabond Falcon Is the Most "Regular" Custom Car in Existence
RCR's Vagabond Falcon Is the Most "Regular" Custom Car in Existence

7 Nov 2021, 09:47 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / What's great about the modified 1960 Ford Falcon is that if they hadn't told us about the mods, most wouldn't guess it was more than a normal classic one.

 
Subtly Tuned 1995 Golf TDI Estate Hardly Needs Any Mods to Look Wicked
Subtly Tuned 1995 Golf TDI Estate Hardly Needs Any Mods to Look Wicked

7 Nov 2021, 09:14 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Diesel passenger cars almost never sell well in the US, but there are still lots of virtues about this tuned VW Golf Wagon that Americans can appreciate.

 
Crazy Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Looks Like a Steroid Shot on Custom Wheels
Crazy Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Looks Like a Steroid Shot on Custom Wheels

7 Nov 2021, 03:28 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / But not just any wheels, as they came from Vossen, and contribute to the enhanced looks of the super sedan, together with other mods

 
Someone Paid Nearly $600,000 for This Brabus-Tuned Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S
Someone Paid Nearly $600,000 for This Brabus-Tuned Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S

5 Nov 2021, 22:12 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Almost $600,000 would get you a brand new supercar and a Rolls-Royce Ghost, so if you had that much money to blow on a vehicle, would you get the Brabus?

 
Ken Block Reveals His Ultimate Dream, a 736-HP Audi for the Street
Ken Block Reveals His Ultimate Dream, a 736-HP Audi for the Street

5 Nov 2021, 21:39 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / Ken Block's street-going Audi is mental to say the least. This thing is a rally car in disguise, even though you might be fooled by the plain looking graphics

 
JDM Inspired Custom E36 M3 Walks The Line Between Baller and Ugly
JDM Inspired Custom E36 M3 Walks The Line Between Baller and Ugly

5 Nov 2021, 20:29 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / In a rare instance for a European sports car, this M3's been styled in the classic JDM style that many all-time classic Japanese custom cars would be styled in

 
575 HP 1969 Pontiac GTO Sings a Scary Tune, Looking for Next Pair of Ears to Scream Into
575 HP 1969 Pontiac GTO Sings a Scary Tune, Looking for Next Pair of Ears to Scream Into

5 Nov 2021, 16:33 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / A restored and mildly improved 1969 Pontiac GTO is the object of an Omaze campaign that aims to benefit the MusiCares organization

 
The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT: Not Just a 700-HP Beast, But a Tribute to WWII Heroes
The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT: Not Just a 700-HP Beast, But a Tribute to WWII Heroes

5 Nov 2021, 15:22 UTC · By: Vlad Radu / Developed by Ford Performance and Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s RTR, this one-of-a-kind Mustang is an epic tribute to the Eagle Squadron pilots that fought in WWII

 
Tuning 101: Improving the Car's Transmission
Tuning 101: Improving the Car's Transmission

5 Nov 2021, 14:50 UTC · By: Tudor Serban / By improving a car's transmission parts or assemblies, the end result will be a faster, more fuel efficient vehicle, and here are the steps to do it

 
Harley-Davidson Destroyer Is Not the Muscle Bike You Know
Harley-Davidson Destroyer Is Not the Muscle Bike You Know

5 Nov 2021, 12:50 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The Harley-Davidson V-Rod we have here, nicknamed Destroyer, is the work of a Polish custom shop called Nine Hills Motorcycles.

 
1972 Ford F-350 Gets Supercharged Godzilla Swap, Becomes Off-Road Monster
1972 Ford F-350 Gets Supercharged Godzilla Swap, Becomes Off-Road Monster

5 Nov 2021, 12:44 UTC · By: Ciprian Florea / The combo is good for an incredible 1,300 horsepower, which is three times more than a stock, Godzilla-powered Ford Super Duty truck

 
The Supercharged V6-Powered 300 SL, a Classic Icon With Modern Street Swag
The Supercharged V6-Powered 300 SL, a Classic Icon With Modern Street Swag

5 Nov 2021, 09:50 UTC · By: Vlad Radu / A blend between vintage design and modern technology, this amazing build is not only a custom ride, but also a daring piece of automotive art

 
For a Tuned Bentley, Mansory’s Flying Spur Ain’t That Costly at All
For a Tuned Bentley, Mansory’s Flying Spur Ain’t That Costly at All

5 Nov 2021, 08:46 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / The Bentley Flying Spur tuned by Mansory sports various upgrades inside and out, and a healthy power boost, and it is in search of a new home

 
James Marsden Brings Gorgeous, Electrified ‘63 Buick Electra to SEMA
James Marsden Brings Gorgeous, Electrified ‘63 Buick Electra to SEMA

5 Nov 2021, 05:45 UTC · By: Elena Gorgan / Marsden had Ant Anstead and Celebrity IOU Ride turn a classic Buick into a gorgeous ride for the modern times, with lowrider feel and a hybrid powertrain

 
This Tuned Bronco Might Bite Your Bank Account
This Tuned Bronco Might Bite Your Bank Account

5 Nov 2021, 00:05 UTC · By: Tudor Serban / While most people were aroused by the new Bronco, the old ones became more and more fashionable; especially those tuned with good taste like this example

 
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Doesn’t Have a V8, You Can Plug It In
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Doesn’t Have a V8, You Can Plug It In

4 Nov 2021, 23:11 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / This 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado provides a glimpse into the future and not everyone is going to agree with it. But there are some benefits involved!

 
Tuning 101: Step Inside Your Car and Feel at Home, Not Like in a Showroom
Tuning 101: Step Inside Your Car and Feel at Home, Not Like in a Showroom

4 Nov 2021, 13:53 UTC · By: Tudor Serban / Sure, showroom stock and cleanliness are good for everyone, but you might not have the same taste as the carmaker's marketing department thought

 
2022 BMW M240i Coupe Rolls up Its Sleeves, Opens the M2 Hunting Season
2022 BMW M240i Coupe Rolls up Its Sleeves, Opens the M2 Hunting Season

4 Nov 2021, 13:30 UTC · By: Cristian Gnaticov / Manhart has started working on the new BMW M240i Coupe, and their official renderings preview the project, which will boast 444 bhp