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The Art of Kustom

See incredible creations from the imagination of car customiser Andy Saunders in a special summer exhibition, including his brand new project Metropolis.

Outrageous styling cues, awesome colour schemes and off-the-wall ideas... Andy is one of the best known customised car builders on this side of the Atlantic and has been described as an artist using cars as his canvas.

Gathered from private collections across Europe, The Art of Kustom showcases some of his most famous jaw-dropping creations and will be on display in the National Motor Museum between 16 June - 16 September 2018.

Meet the stars of the show...

Metropolis being unveiled at Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day


Be one of the first people to see Andy's latest project! Discovered in a field in France three years ago, this 1939 Peugeot 202 pick-up is believed to have been requisitioned by the invading forces during World War II. Now Andy has worked his magic and transformed it from a rusty wreck into an art deco-style stunner.

Metropolis was unveiled for the first time at our Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day on Sunday 17 June.

The Art of Kustom - Mini Ha Ha

Mini Ha Ha

On show for the first time since it went on display in the 1980s, the drastically shortened 1964 Mini Ha Ha has been newly restored to join the exhibition. What began as a childhood daydream turned into reality when Andy built the car on a shoestring budget when he was just 20-years-old. It became his everyday car when he first completed it – and was ideal for doing wheelies in reverse!

The Art of Kustom - Tetanus


One of Andy's most widely acclaimed projects, this 1937 Cord 812 Westchester had spent more than half a century decaying in a Yorkshire field before Andy got his hands on it. One of his friends accidentally christened the crusty car when he declared ‘I’m not touching that without a tetanus shot!’

Inspired by a stylish car illustration that Andy saw on a birthday card, the project took 14 years to complete but the finished beauty is a real crowd-pleaser.

The Art of Kustom - Indecision


A Citroen that looks like a spaceship?!? This eye-catching vehicle might look like it belongs in outer space but is in fact a 1976 Citroen CX.

The Citroen’s self-levelling suspension complements the space-age look, while a heart-shaped bed has been fitted inside the car’s tail. Andy refreshed the car in 2004 with its current silver colour scheme.

The Art of Kustom - Run A Ground

Run A Ground

Believe it or not, this speedboat is actually more at home on dry land than in water. Using the chassis and running gear of a 1971 Reliant Regal as his starting point, Andy adapted a Monbar 146 speedboat fibreglass body before uniting the two. Run A Ground was a familiar sight around Andy’s seaside home town of Poole in Dorset for 10 years, before it joined a private collection.

The Art of Kustom - Saline Warrior. CREDIT les Triplettes de Bonneville 2009 BC

Saline Warrior

Can you believe this project only took two days to build?! Saline Warrior began life as a humble 1989 Reliant Rialto but went on to become a race car on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats...

With a lowered roofline, lengthened nose cone, smooth wheel discs and a turbocharger, the unlikely racer now emulates the appearance of a classic salt lake racer.

The Art of Kustom - Hesperus


A subtler-looking car, this 1930s Hudson was built as a British street rod in the 1960s and was remarkably rust-free when the project began.

Its restoration to concours standard has taken six years, without yet finishing the interior trim.

The Art of Kustom - Andy Saunders with Tetanus

Andy Saunders

The man behind the magic! One of the most prolific independent car designers on the scene today, Andy Saunders has created some of the most visually stunning and imaginative cars ever to have turned a wheel.

He has achieved global success, including 76 Turner Prize nominations for art installations and three Guinness World Records for building the lowest vehicles in the world, including a Fiat 126 at only 21 ¼ inches tall which he built at Beaulieu International Autojumble in just three days.


To celebrate the launch of our brand new summer exhibition the Art of Kustom we are offering kids the opportunity to step into the imagination of car customiser Andy Saunders and design their own custom car.

How to enter

Choose to either colour in Andy’s creation Tetanus or design your own custom car creation from scratch. To enter all you have to do is click here and print the downloadable PDF.

To submit your entry, please drop your creation into the designated drop-in box at Beaulieu Visitor Reception. Two winners will be selected and both will WIN a family ticket to Beaulieu Fireworks Spectacular on 27 October 2018. Deadline to enter is Friday 7th September 2018. Winners will be contacted via phone or email by Friday 21st September 2018.

Historic vehicles on the lawns of Palace House


The Art of Kustom is included in your admission ticket to Beaulieu, which also includes entry to all the Beaulieu attractions, including The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.

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