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These two Ford Corsair project ideas are built to scrape. Revel in the road bashing courtesy of Simon Coulson.

Corsairs are cool, it’s that simple. Combine the oily bits of some select European Fords with styling from the Thunderbird and the results are bound to be a bit smart. 

We’re not playing with the body much on either of our victims this month, but each of them will turn heads for its own reason. Car number one, for example, can be summed up using one word: tuck. 

I’ll be honest here, I have no real idea how you’d do it — perhaps relocating the top mounts or a spaceframe/IFS arrangement? — but the results would blow the mind of everyone as you crawl your way into the next show. It’s at this point I’d usually mention that the car has air or hydraulic suspension — not this time. This car is built to scrape. Revel in the sounds of the underside grinding and bashing the floor on anything but the smoothest of roads — wear the scars of slammedness on your crossmember with pride. 

The rear wheels are banded, to sit flush with the rear arches, proving to all that the narrow front is a choice rather than a full-on stance fail. The rest of the car is bone-stock, all the trim is in place and even the colour is era correct. With this one, resto-slam is the way to go.

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The second Corsair isn’t (quite) as low but this time the car gets its unique selling point from the lace panel paintwork, tinted windows and slot mags. It sounds like a ’70s build, but the overall result is something surprisingly modern. Body wise, it’s all about that paint, but the lines have been cleaned up with the loss of the door handles and locks. Rolling stock consists of good ol’ slot magss. These are modernised with the fitment of low profile tyres. 

Under the bonnet, either car has enough presence to run a factory motor without shame, so why not stick with what works and concentrate on cruising.

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