As far as decades are concerned, there is perhaps none more iconic, more remembered or more beloved than the '90s. Just before the turn of the century, we were blessed with endless gems in film, music, sport, and, of course, all things cars.
Just as fashion had its icons of the era - we're talkin' double-denim, baggy jeans, tye-dye, and bandanas - so did cars. Back then, all the rage was taking (usually) a good-condition beater, throwing on a few gizmos and gadgets, and then topping it all off with some sort of awkwardly eccentric paint job.
From cars that look like sharks to low-riders so low they've actually become asphalt shovels, let's take a look and some unmistakable '90s mods.
20 THIS STRETCHY MAZDA RX7 1993
What do you get when you combine a tiny RX7 coupe with a luxury limo? Well, you get the absurd monstrosity pictured above. While the transition between the two vehicles was actually done in a rather impressive fashion, it doesn't take away from the fact that they've ruined a perfectly good RX7.
19 THIS ODD FIRST-GEN DODGE NEON
The Dodge Neon was produced with one intention and one intention only: to be a reliable, compact, fuel-efficient car - and that's where it was supposed to end. However, it was the 90s, a time when drivers were modding up anything they could get their hands on. That being said, compared to some of the others, this doesn't look awfully terrible.
18 THIS OVER-THE-TOP TOYOTA CAMRY
Folks, you can slap some lipstick on a pig but at the end of the day, it's still a pig, plain and simple. Such is the case for this 92 Camry, which is clearly trying to be something it's not. The rims and wheels, for starters, are absolutely ridiculous, while the door mechanics not only make it an eyesore but also difficult to actually get into the car in the first place.
17 THIS OVERDONE HONDA CIVIC 1995
It wouldn't be the 90s if we didn't see a handful of customised Honda Civics drifting around our street corners Fast and the Furious-style, would it? The subcompact car has also been one of the most popular vehicles for mods, thanks partly to its relatively cheap starting price.
16 THIS PECULIAR E36 BMW 3 SERIES
The E36 3 Series has always been touted as a fairly sporty model, and while they're no longer being churned out of production, they've become popular choices for over-the-top modifications. The lowering kit on this one seems a little excessive, however - one bump on the road and say goodbye to your front bumper paint.
15 THIS DISTRACTINGLY PATRIOTIC TOYOTA CAMRY
It's not exactly a secret that the fine folk of the USA are extremely patriotic - no matter where you look you'll see flags scattered across cars, houses and building in every direction. In addition to the dual flags here, it seems like the owner had a bit of a sticker hoarding problem. Tone it down, dude.
14 AND ANOTHER HONDA CIVIC 1995
See - we told you the custom Civics were a popular mod of the 90s! Although compared to our previous one, this Honda looks like its something straight out of a Michael Bay films (yeah, you know which one). The bodywork has been turned up to 11, while the blue haloed headlights are something to catch the eye, that's for sure.
13 THIS HOTTED-UP CHEVY MALIBU
While the late-90s Chevy Malibu was generally a rather reliable car, taking us from A to B without a worry in the world, that's about where it should have ceased. Instead, the owner of the teal model decided to slap on a totally unnecessary hood and body kit. Why? Because it was the 90s!
12 THIS SIMPLY-MODDED MITSUBISHI GALANT
We've seen more than our fair share of hotted-up Lancers over the years - but rarely do we see a customised Gallant. What was supposed to be a no-frills midsized family car has become a somehow sleek yet somehow awkward black and white contraption on wheels. It's neither impressive nor overwhelmingly terrible.
11 THIS SAD GEO METRO
Firstly, let's just get this out of the way and state the obvious - this Geo looks like a remote-controlled kids' toy. In reality, it's an actual, full-sized Metro - a car that really doesn't deserve any extra attention. With its side pipes, a roof-mounted spoiler, and a hood-mounted blower, however, it seems like this owner had other ideas.
There'd better be, anyway, considering the side pipes, the blower on top of the hood, and the tachometer on the dash. We’re not sure what it could be since there’s almost no room under the hood, so until we know, we’ll write this one off as another senseless modified car.
10 THIS SERIOUS CORVETTE Z05 1997
We know what you're thinking but no, this isn't a behind-the-scenes shot from one of the Fast and the Furious films. All the attention goes straight to the new V8 engine, which looks like it'd roar like there's no tomorrow. Take one look at that excessive spoiler, however, and you can tell this is straight out of the 90s.
9 THIS OBSCURE FORD MUSTANG
As if one spoiler wasn't enough, the owner of this Mustang went ahead and slapped on a two-level spoiler, in addition to the strange kit mounted onto the roof. What we can't ignore, aside from the questionable added trims, is the seriously ugly colour combination. What on Earth were they thinking?
8 THIS TOO-LOW TOYOTA HILUX MINI TRUCK 1990
How low can you go, how low can you go!?
In the case of 1990 Hilux Mini Truck, apparently pretty darn low. You'd need a microscope to actually adientify any space between the base and the ground, however, which means only one thing: plenty of sparks and regular paint jobs to fix it all up.
7 THIS SPOOKY FORD PROBE
Granted, a number of people have successfully managed to modify the Ford Probe over the years - the one pictured above, however, is not one of those success stories. Yes, the stainless wheels are impressive enough without being overpowering to emphasise the paint job, but its the paint job in the first place that should never have been considered.
6 THIS HILARIOUS CHEVY CAMARO
This, folks, is why the top dogs at Chevy don't delegate the design work to interns. While the car itself is relatively unchanged, the two mods that were implemented - the tacky wrap and the enormous wheels - are distracting enough to make anyone turn back for a second look, and that's not in a positive sense.
5 THIS NIKE-LIKE HYUNDAI TIBURON
If it wasn't inversed, we'd be pretty confident in saying that this was some sort of subtle Nike advertisement. Aside from that, the muscular hood and the over-the-top body kit, combined with the questionable colour choice, all come together to appear as what can only be described as an eyesore.
4 THIS STATEMENT-MAKING FORD ESCORT ZX2
Talk about taking things a little too far! Seriously, in what world does a Ford Escourt need scissor doors? The performance mods under the hood can be somewhat justified, however, everything else just screams excessive. This 90s car should have stayed the way it was intended, blending into the background.
3 THIS HUNGRY MAZDA MX-5 MIATA
Unless the theme music from Jaws is playing, this Mazda looks out of place in just about every conceivable location. The two-seater roadster - which didn't come with a built-in shark facade, in case you were wondering - was actually a pretty impressive model. That design though - yikes.
2 MX3 MAZDA 1993
After seeing a half-car, half-fish driving down the streets, it's not exactly difficult to come across as 'normal' in comparison. In reality, this MX3 has just about the right amount of modifications, with a not-too-excessive spoiler and an elegant combination of matte black with dazzling orange.
1 THIS TACKY 1989 HONDA ACCORD
Don't hate us for sneaking in a 1989 car, pretty please - but we just couldn't resist mentioning this awful attempt at a hotted-up Honda Accord. Those mirrors, for starters, are not only inconvenient but make the car look like some sort of insect, while the wrap on the front skirt looks like something from a Windows Media Player pattern dance.