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It looks like a million dollars – but this Bugatti Veyron cost only $89,000

15/07/2011

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 9:46 AM on 15th July 2011

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2015002/It-looks-like-1million–Bugatti-Veyron-89-000-petrol-head-wrecked-Ford.html#ixzz1SAMUYsQ9

It may look like a $1.6million Bugatti Veyron
– but this luxury sports car can be yours for only $89,000.

A supercar nut has transformed his £1,000 Ford
banger into this stunning replica of the Bugatti Veyron – which is now on sale
for £54,000.

Petrol head Mike Duke, from Florida, spent
nine months transforming his Ford Cougar into a red and black imitation of the
1,000bhp motor.

Not what it seems: The replica Bugatti Veyron that was built around a $1,600 Ford Cougar by Mike Duke in FloridaNot what it seems: The replica Bugatti Veyron that was
built around a $1,600 Ford Cougar by Mike Duke in Florida

Before: A Ford Cougar which Mike Duke turned into a replica Bugatti Veyron
During its conversion - the replica Bugatti Veyron

Before and after: Mr Duke spent nine months converting the
car from a $1,600 Ford Cougar, right, using a special bodykit

A specially-designed bodykit makes it indistinguishable from a £1million Veyron and the interior has been re-styled and covered in leather.

But the engine is the Cougar’s standard 2.5
litre V6 model, meaning its power falls well short of the 1,000bhp developed by
the Veyron’s 8-litre powerplant.

This means 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds and a top
speed of 140mph – a way off the Veyron’s 2.5 seconds and 253mph.

Mike, from Florida, said: “I wanted the
million dollar look without the repair bills, insurance and huge upfront
cost.

Halfway there: The replica Bugatti Veyron during its conversion. Mr Duke left the power train as standard - meaning there's no 8-litre engine under the hood developing 1,000bhp, with the Cougar-Veyron making do with a 2.5-litre V6 engineHalfway there: The replica Bugatti Veyron during its
conversion. Mr Duke left the power train as standard – meaning there’s no
8-litre engine under the hood developing 1,000bhp, with the Cougar-Veyron making
do with a 2.5-litre V6 engine

The real thing: A genuine Bugatti Veyron which sold new for $1.6millionThe real thing: A genuine Bugatti Veyron which sold new
for $1.6million

‘It drives smoothly without any issues and if
there is ever a repair issue I’m sure it will not break the bank.

‘I’m very happy with the finished result and
of course driving around in the car gets more comments than you could ever
imagine.

‘I want to be careful not to call this car a
Bugatti – it’s a re-bodied Ford Cougar.

‘But it looks better than a Cougar, and while
it’s no Veyron, it’s still fast enough.’ Mike won’t say how much the conversion
cost, but it is thought to be more than £20,000 on top of his nine months of
hard work.

He is now selling his pride and joy on eBay
for $89,000.

Bugatti made just 300 Veyrons with the final
model – a Super Sports model – sold last month to a European customer for £1.5
million.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2015002/It-looks-like-1million–Bugatti-Veyron-89-000-petrol-head-wrecked-Ford.html#ixzz1SAMZGVPd

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