The Ford Mustang is a cherished and popular car the world over, though only a select few countries outside of America can actually buy one from a Ford dealership. For everybody else there are “gray market” Mustangs, those cars imported, sometimes illegally, for the wealthy and well-off to enjoy.
But sometimes those gray market Mustangs find themselves the victim of a poorly-considered aftermarket kits that try to convert them into something else entirely. The latest example comes from China Car News, which stumbled across this Mustang-into-Mercedes conversion.
Yes, you read that right; a Mustang into a Mercedes. And it isn’t even close to good.
First off, how did a 1995 Ford Mustang end up in China? Importing even an older Mustang into the People’s Republic of China is an expensive prospect, and most people would hold onto such a car for as long as possible. Even if it is a 3.8 liter V6 model making a fairly pathetic 150 horsepower, like this car, people cherish such vehicles. That is why almost 20 years later, this Mustang has just over 18,000 miles on it.
Yet somehow, some way, some idiot got his hands on this Mustang and performed possibly the most poorly-executed Mercedes conversion ever. First off, the body kit reminds us more of a Chrysler Sebring than a Mercedes S320, the car it is supposed to be imitating. Second, there are more Mercedes emblems than there are on an actual Mercedes! Why is there both a hood, AND a grille emblem? We couldn’t tell you.
And then there is in the interior, with a red-leatherette wrapped steering wheel, red seats, and floor mats that look like they were pulled out of children’s gym. The only upside? The seller is asking just $1,800 U.S., far less than it would cost just to ship a Mustang across the Pacific.
We have to ask, is it worse to convert a Mustang into a Mercedes, or converting a VW Golf knockoff into a Mustang?