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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 June, 2004, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
Souped-up car goes on show
Ian Williams' modified Corsa
Ian Williams has spend 16,000 on modifications to his Corsa
A motor enthusiast has spent five times as much on modifications to his car as the vehicle cost him in an attempt to make it "the best-looking car in the country".

Ian Williams, from Blackwood, south Wales, has spent 16,000 on modifications to his N-registration Vauxhall Corsa in three years.

The car itself cost just 3,000 when he bought it.

The 20-year-old window-maker will show off the Corsa at one of the UK's biggest motor shows - the Max Power show - in Birmingham's NEC next month.

Mr Williams' specially-modified Corsa features a mini television on the dashboard, a DVD player and paint which changes colour in the sunlight.

It's about credibility. I want my Corsa to be the best-looking in the country
Ian Williams

He has also fitted new 17" alloy wheels, a leather interior, added several different customised body kits and has installed extra exhausts.

Mr Williams told BBC Wales he ploughs a large proportion of his wages into modifications to his Corsa.

"I put all my money into the car at the end of the month," he added.

'Expensive hobby'

"I work on it most nights - if I'm not cleaning it, I'm doing something else to it.

"It's in the garage during the week, but on Friday and Saturdays I drive it around Blackwood, Cardiff and Newport.

"I've spent 16,000 on it and I plan to keep on going. I'm putting a two litre engine in next."

Ian Williams' modified Corsa
The paint on the car can change colour

He started work on his car as soon as he passed his driving test at 17 and has no plans to trade the nine-year-old to start again on a new vehicle.

"It's about credibility. I want my Corsa to be the best-looking in the country," he said.

"It's an expensive hobby - I wanted to do this even before I could drive. My friends think I'm mad, but it's my passion.

"I do have to admit that I probably have more money than sense and I expect I will end up spending even more on my car in the future."

The car was spotted at a motor show and he was asked by organisers to enter the Max Power show.

His Corsa is through to the competition's final stages and will be on display at the show in the NEC between 2 July and 4 July.

The final 100 performance cars are being judged in award categories including best body styling, best paint job, cleanest engine bay and lowest car.

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