This Weird-Looking AMC Hornet Is Actually a BMW M Roadster Underneath

Wait... what?


We've seen some wild custom cars for sale over the years, but this one certainly stands out. It's a late Nineties BMW M Roadster that's had the body of a 1975 AMC Hornet grafted onto it. Somehow, it actually works well. It's up for grabs right now on Craigslist in Knoxville, Tennessee.

From the outside, this car looks pretty much like a normal Hornet. The proportions look correct, and the profile lines seem untouched. The only real giveaways something might be up is the lower-than-normal ride height and OEM BMW five-spoke wheels. It's only when you get a bit closer to things start to get weird.

Inside, it's pure M Roadster. The dash, steering wheel, seats, center console, and two-tone red and black theme is straight out of a BMW from 1999. But, the transition from Seventies exterior to modern-ish interior is jarring, truthfully. The engine bay is the same: underneath the hood sits the M Roadster's S52 straight-six engine, borrowed from the E36 M3. It sends 240 horsepower to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

According to the seller, the car drives "like new," whatever that means. Everything, from the air conditioning, to the power steering, brakes, and radio, work as they should.

We're not sure who would be in the market for a car like this, but if you are, this is a strangely well-executed example. It's listed on Craigslist right now for $14,500. Better act quickly.

via Jalopnik

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