Wooden car with split modern/vintage personality

Here's a maker with a dream: a he-she car made of wooden parts, divided down its long axis, with a modern body down one side and a vintage body down the other, the whole thing gleaming under multiple coats of laquer and rumbling with all the power of a 1981 Opel.

A Ukrainian man gave up his job, sold his two other vehicles and spent one and a half years in his garage to create his dream vehicle. His literally half-modern, half-retro car has a wooden body made of thousands of oak parts.

Vasily Lazarenko says the most difficult thing was to preserve the balance between the modern and vintage halves of his design, so that they didn’t clash with each other.

Under the wooden bonnet there’s a 1981 Opel with a 100-horse-power engine.

Link (via Gizmodo)


  1. Now THAT’s what you’d call that pursuit of passion.

    It’s great to see that someone had the courage to make their dream a reality.

  2. WHAT is it about Opels in Russia/Ukraine/etc? There was another photo-set making the rounds on the internet of a guy in Russia (or former USSR republic) that built an electric car out of an old Opel body? It’s like the old air-cooled VWs were in the US.

  3. OMG that’s insane ! I hope he sells this for enough money to compensate for all the expenses + time & work, leaving enough to create more stuff like this =)

    As an aside, the idea of old/modern blend is kewt, but the car obviously belongs more to displays & exhibitions, as opposed to actually being used as a means of transportation. I wish he makes something of equal awe that can still be used practically (like those wooden mice/keyboards, but with cars =)

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