These cars left the factory with so much potential just waiting to be unlocked.
The DeLorean looked cool as hell from stock, but that was all it had going for it. You need to do what Matt Farah did and have it rebuilt by the new DeLorean Motor Company. Then your DMC-12 can become the car it always deserved to be.
A great mid-engined chassis in need of more horsepower and grip. In stock form, it's a race car waiting to happen.
GM killed the Fiero before it ever achieved greatness, but thankfully today there's the aftermarket fix that. When done right, it can make a hell of a track car.
The Smart ForTwo is a fine city car, but there's a lot of potential in this tiny rear-engined RWD chassis. Modifications can be as simple as putting in wider tires, or as crazy as swapping in a Hayabusa engine.
Let's face facts – you're not going to blow anyone's doors off with a stock Eclipse. But with capable AWD potential and lots of room for EVO parts, all you need to do is add power to live out your Fast and Furious fantasies.
Ah, the car that defined the trend of "just swap a V8 in it! That'll fix all your problems." The diminutive British Ace was gorgeous, but needed the help of Carol Shelby to make it the legend that it is.
Wrangler's are fine stock, but the real fun starts when you lift them and put them on some bigger tires. Then you can take them off the street.
From the factory, the AE86 was by no means the Initial D drift machine you imagined it to be. It just needs a little help to go sideways.
Any 1970s American car with an emissions-saddled V8 is just one LS swap from greatness.
There's a good reason why there isn't a single stock 240SX left in the world. It's got a nice rear-wheel drive chassis, but the engine simply doesn't do it justice. It's dying for an engine swap.
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