This Toyota Camry Solara Is A Wannabe E60 BMW M5

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There's no V10 engine under the hood, though.

The Toyota Camry has long been one of the top-selling sedans in North America, and as recently as 2008, Toyota tried to milk its popularity with the Camry Solara Convertible and Coupe. Although durable, this Camry offshoot was neither especially sporty nor elegant, and a successful coupe or cabriolet really needs to be one or the other.

An owner of a 2002 Camry Solara convertible tried to remedy the Japanese car's styling in the most bizarre way - by fitting the drop-top with a BMW M5 E60 body kit. The custom job looks as peculiar as it sounds, with the Solara sporting the M5's "Dame Edna" headlights, front bumper, and kidney grille. Chris Bangle would not be impressed.

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Listed for sale on Facebook Marketplace in Winchester, Kentucky, this particular Solara has covered 108,600 miles. Reassuringly - if anything about this concoction can be described as "reassuring" - the seller claims that the car drives great and has "no check engine light." We have little doubt that the Toyota's 3.0-liter V6 engine is more reliable than the E60 M5's ferocious but fragile 5.0-liter V10 motor, though, which was renowned for lighting up the dashboard with all the warning lights you don't want to see.

But it's hard to get past that face, let alone the Solara's heavy rear-end and the wheels that look lost in the arches. The quality of the conversion is also questionable, at least based on these pictures. According to the listing, the seller spent $6,500 on the kit body, $2,000 on wheels and rims, and $2,200 on a new roof. The custom paint and bodywork came to $3,500.

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Although a selling price of $1,234 is listed, this appears to be an error as another price - $7,500 - listed lower down in the ad seems more believable. At least the cabin looks a bit better, with white/grey leather seats and red trim, although it's definitely an acquired taste.

The owner has fitted the Solara with new brakes, a new starter, and a new alternator. The cabrio comes fitted with dual front airbags, air conditioning, and power-adjustable seats. Despite all this, we'd have a challenging time explaining this Toyota to anyone and we can't decide whether the end product does a greater injustice to the original Camry Solara or the E60 M5.

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