#24 of 24, Ridonkulous – Make a statement maximus with the largest wheels you can stuff under a classic rag-top. Give it more chrome than a kitchen store and a candy red paint job so deep you could swim in it.
If someone says a car with rims that big doesn’t make any sense, tell them they don’t know what the donk they’re talking about. Cruise it like you mean it.
#23 of 24, Slayer Scion – A car can be more than just an artistic mechanical display. It can be a way of remembering your favorite parts of the good old days. Remember Slayer? The Eighties metal band deserves to have its logo painted across the hood of a beautifully detailed car.
Why not reverse-hinge the doors while you’re at it? Just don’t ask why this car was rolled off the assembly line years after the band was in its prime.
#22 of 24, Tricked Truck with Endless Details – This vehicle is making so many statements at once. Where to start? With the sunken lime green wheels or the multi-articulated bed? The green and yellow striping runs the length of the truck, under the fenders and throughout the interior.
The hinging of the hood has been completely reversed so the grill itself tilts forward. And among a spray of roses, skulls and cherubs on the hood.
#21 of 24, Dodge Viper for Fallen Heroes The broad hood covering the V10 of this Dodge Viper makes the perfect canvas to remember four soldiers who did not make it home. An eagle, a helicopter and bolts of lightning augment the power of this statement.
This American muscle would not be possible without the sacrifice of heroes like the ones depicted here.
#20 of 24, This Tough Camo Truck With its beefed up grill and roof-rack mounted spare tire, this beast is ready for whatever. The complex camouflage pattern is more than just an intricate paint job.
It’s a textured wrap, making the disguise even more effective. Just don’t park it in the woods and turn your back on it. You just might lose it amongst the moss and lichen. Well, that’s what the “panic” button on your key fob is for. Honk!
#19 of 24, Rainbow BMW A white M Sport 2 Series begs to be painted on. This one is a flurry of playful color, looking like it smeared it’s way through an artist’s palette.
The multi-spoke black wheels disappear under the broad fenders. This BMW seems to be gliding along even when parked. While being a leader in solid performance engineering, the Bavarians have also recognized the role of art in car design.
#18 of 24, Classic Flame Chevrolet Some things never need to be reinvented. All you need is a chopped vintage Chevy muscle-wagon with a stupendous display of carburetion thrusting from the hood and flames licking down the sides.
The plain white of the roof, bumper and wheels plus the matte black finish let the flames be the star of the show.
#17 of 24, Polished Classic Dodge – Sometimes a statement can be made quite simply. Who needs paint? This classic piece of Mopar muscle has been polished bare with flat wheels and the simplest of grills.
Under the austere hood is an unadorned V8. This is a machine built for a purpose. No decoration is necessary. The brushed texture of the body displays the character of true steel.
He installed transparent sides to hood to display the 417 cubic inch engine. After chopping the roof, he set to work redoing the interior with extensive chrome and diamond pleating.
#15 of 24, One Cool Chrome Chevy Camaro Need something easier to find? How about this ultra-reflective Camaro? You can check your hair and makeup in your reflection on the monster hood scoop.
Bright red touches on the hood, grill and doors make this muscle coupe impossible to miss. With a car this shiny, you don’t need chrome wheels. Simple black rims will do just fine. Don’t forget your sunglasses.
#14 of 24, A Sleek & Sexy Silver M4 But why be so understated? This is an M Sport BMW that doesn’t want to hide. The aggressive front air intakes and widened fenders catch every bit of light and shout it back to your eyes.
The roof, however, is all carbon fiber to reduce weight. What happens when you take weight from the top of the car? The center of gravity lowers and cornering improves. Plus, your eyes get drawn to the complex silver spokes.
#13 of 24, This Braggadocios Blue Chrome Acura NSX – Wrong. Nothing turns heads and steals the eye like a shiny object. Like a jewel in a lady’s ear, this Acura NSX attempts to makes its exterior even more remarkable that its amazing performance.
The mirror-like blue exterior makes the black roof, wheels and spoiler almost disappear, just like this car disappears when you push the accelerator. Would you like this in your jewelry box?
Black Ops Tribute Mustang – Why use you car to remember a hair band when you can remember something much more important? The graphite sides and the ribbon of smoke on this Mustang are subtle touches on a somber car.
Written from front to back are the names of dozens of fallen soldiers. The absence of wheels
makes a stark statement about the nation’s loss.
Carbon Fiber BMW Z4 Here is another minimalist statement, but more modern. Once again, just skip the paint. But this time take a more cutting edge machine with a more futuristic material: carbon fiber.
Rebuild the entire body with it and leave it exposed. Strong as steel yet lighter and more flexible, this composition of silken strands results in a quick, agile, supple and just plain beautiful car.
Golden Corvette – We can’t stay away from the shiny objects. This Chevy Corvette’s gleaming gold touches are punched up by the black roof and pillars, the dark rims with hints of gold and the multiple air intakes.
A Vette doesn’t need a thing to catch the eye, but this one outshines the other chrome rides on this list with artistic bits of contrast.
#9 of 24, Silver and Blue Chevy Impala – Does the new Impala show proper respect to the greatness of the original? This one does, with a deep pewter body complimented perfectly with sky blue accents.
The color kisses the details of the bumper, hood and fenders. The fading along the ground effects up into the rest of the body is expertly done. The big silver rims make a classy statement.
#8 of 24, This Maximum Matte Pink Lexus – Let the debate rage on endlessly. It’s okay to be soft and satiny when you’re also hot pink. The dark roof make the rest of this Lexus really pop.
The silver five-spoke wheels tucked under the swollen fenders tease the viewer with a little shimmer.
There’s nothing fancy about clean and fast, but this Scion means business. The ground-hugging splitter and black five-spoke wheels are all about speed while the fresh blue paint with matching strut tower brace are reminiscent of clear skies and open road. Sharing engineering with the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, this coupe brings together some the best minds in compact performance.
#6 of 24, Andy Warhol’s BMW M1 – BMW has let many artists express themselves be redesigning their cars. This one is the creation of pop art icon Andy Warhol. The bold patches of color break every tradition of car decor.
The expanded fenders and exaggerated spoiler make the original M car even harder to miss. After Warhol’s paint job, this M1 didn’t languish in a museum. It hit the racetrack to celebrate it’s new color.
#5 of 24, The Mega-Awesome Matte Green Audi – Too much shine? Let’s step in the opposite direction with a matte finish. This new trend brings a satin luster that makes you want to hug the car.
No staring deeply into the sheen of the fenders. You won’t find much depth here, just gentle curves with feather-soft paint. Yes, we’ll take some silver rims to punch up the look, but no need for any more glint except for the rings on the grill.
#4 of 24, This Saleen Tesla Model S – Bringing together a company that makes burly Mustangs even burlier and another that is ditching gas altogether seems like an odd marriage, but it works. This Model S is serious as a river of blood and as bright as a cherry pie.
The Saleen treatment involves additional creases on the hood, more chiseled fenders and broader front air intakes. The all-electric sedan looks ready to attack and destroy all the environment’s enemies by itself.
The streaking paint scheme makes the car appear to be reaching hyper-speed even sitting still, as if it was speeding through a metropolis filled with neon lights and reflecting every photon. The program began in 1975 with a 3.0 CSL customized by Alexander Calder.
#2 of 24, This Manly Matte Mustang Cobra – All a car needs to catch attention is a vicious fanged V8, right? Be hypnotized by the luscious matte cobalt of this Mustang. Unlike the Audi, black wheels are all it needs.
The dark seven-spokes and the black front splitter let the blue paint shine with its own fuzzy warmth. Being a Mustang Cobra certainly helps the car get noticed, if it doesn’t go by you too fast.
The automobile has always been more than just transportation. It’s self expression. What you drive is a statement of yourself. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have such a range of makes and models. For every car, that’s a driver that sees something unique in it. The most creative drivers continue to project their individuality onto vehicles. With bold paint, transcendent textures, unbelievable redesign or just plain whimsy, some cars say as much about the human mind as the greatest poems, sculptures, paintings or songs. Your feelings are no doubt as individual as these cars. What makes ripples inside of your mind? What does nothing to you? What’s your number one? If you had the touch of an artist, the hands of a mechanic and the mind of a dreamer, what would you build?