5 Personality Types and the Modified Cars They Love

Modified BMW 3 Series

The car you drive tells all your fellow motorists what kind of personality you have. Whether you’re the guy who cuts people off in a new Porsche Boxster, the dude headed into the woods with the NRA-branded 1972 Ford F-100 or the girl in the ’05 Jetta on the way to a college class, your car is usually a dead giveaway of who you are.

Real car enthusiasts aren’t satisfied with a typical bone-stock car and want to customize their rides to more accurately convey the personality of the mysterious human residing behind the tinted windows and buzzing bass.

Which are the best cars to customize to suit your personality? Read on, friends.

Personality type: The Artist

2012 Scion xB

You are the quiet, serious and sensitive kind who does not like conflict. You appreciate funkiness, so your ideal car is the customizable Scion xB. Heck, add the TRD supercharger and get 200 ponies out of your otherwise funky, quiet car.

Personality type: The Mechanic

2012 Nissan 370Z

You are interested in how and why things work. You’re a risk-taker who lives for the moment. You like extreme sports and naturally, extreme cars. You drive a a Nissan 370Z, and you’ve added carbon fiber to the body and can’t wait to tinker with more performance-enhancing bits.

Personality type: The Scientist

2012 Mazda Miata MX-5

You are independent, original, analytical and determined. You have an exceptional ability to turn theories into solid plans of action. Because of this, you have chosen a Mazda MX-5 Miata and decided to see how close you can get it to driving perfection.

Personality type: The Performer

2013 Ford Mustang

You live for the moment and love new experiences. You don’t make theories, you test them. You are likely to be the center of attention in social situations. That’s why you bought a Ford Mustang GT and are in the process of turning it into a home-built GT500.

Personality type: The Executive

2012 BMW 3 Series

Intelligent, well-informed, assertive and outspoken, you are driven to lead and excellent with your ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. Naturally, you bought a BMW 3 Series, but need a new exhaust, lighter wheels and maybe a change-out of the stock ECU. Of course, you pay someone to do it for you, and complain until everything is perfect.

Have you modified a car to suit your personality? What mod are you most proud of and what kind of car did you modify?


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  1. Well, I’ve known literally hundreds of scientists and the Miata? You’ve got to be kidding. Not even their secretaries. Other than the German couple (both PHD’s) with BMW motorcycles, the gamut was pretty much BORING. Engineer types? Other than students (who can’t afford a good car for a couple more years) it’s turbos, porsches, beemers, Ducati superbikes, and even some nice Acuras. And the executives, it’s a solid vote for Lexus, higher end Cadillacs, BIG beemers (cetainly not the 3-series favoried by their subordinates) Mercs and even a Ferarri here and there. Your list is so wrong it’s scary– probaly written by a 15 year old who owns a vespa.

  2. Damnit I’m in school for engineering and I bought a Miata and started modifying it to handle better…you got me.

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