Someone turned a Mazda3 into a laughing fish... because who needs a normal car, right?
Facebook can be a fascinating source of entertainment. Sometimes, it gives us treasures like this bizarre car listing on Facebook Marketplace. Who knew that turning a perfectly decent, if not ancient, Mazda3 Sedan into a laugh-inducing avant-garde art car wannabe could be a hobby?
Picture this: a 2008 Mazda3 that missed the Fast and Furious memo by a couple of decades. It's rocking a custom body kit that might just be the MVP in the "Ugly Car Olympics," all coated in a shade of orange that screams, "Hey, look at me!" Well, mission accomplished, but for all the wrong reasons.
If the ever-enduring Mazda MX-5 generally has expressive eyes and a charming smile, this Mazda3 from the Philippines has a custom front bumper that resembles a fish laughing its scales off. And don't start on those embossed door designs; they look less like tribal art and more like an abstract interpretation of varicose veins. We're sure the owner tried to model them off the Mazda Furai concept, but let's just say they missed the mark.
But here's the kicker: for all its racy looks, this car's engine is as stock as a library on a Sunday. It's got a 1.6-liter engine and an automatic transmission, which makes you wonder if the wheels are the only thing getting a workout.
Credit where it's due; the owner worships this "work of art." Low mileage, spotless interior - it's like a Cinderella story for a car. One that has the fairy godmother turning a perfectly good car into a pumpkin.
Let's talk about the craftsmanship; someone poured his heart, soul, and probably his entire bank account into this wild ride. But did he have to? Someone should've tapped him on the shoulder (or slapped him across the face) and whispered, "Hey, maybe not into a fishy pumpkin."
We've seen a healthy share of weirdly built cars here, but this one may take the cake for being the strangest. Worse, it's quite pricey for what it is, up for grabs in the Philippines at a jaw-dropping price of PhP 438,000 or around $7,684 at the current exchange rates. That's over twice the prevailing market value for a car of this model in the Southeast Asian country.
In all seriousness, we're not here to roast the owner. We're here to entertain and maybe offer some sage advice. Customizing your car is like cooking with exotic spices; not everyone's taste buds can handle it. So, stick to less radical modifications unless you plan on starting a car cult.