Driver's bizarre modification to Hyundai Excel

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Police were left shaking their heads after a "convertible" Hyundai Excel ran a red light in front of a patrol car.

The vehicle was travelling down Jetty Road in Glenelg, Adelaide, just before 1am Sunday when its occupants yelled at a South Australia police car before running a red light. 

Officers pulled the vehicle over and were subsequently left gobsmacked for a series of reasons. 

Not only was the driver, a 25-year-old man from Elizabeth Downs, driving on a licence that had been expired for six years, he was currently on bail not to drive.

A fake convertible Hyundai Excel.
Police discovered the Hyundai Excel was actually a standard sedan and not a convertible. Source: South Australia Police

When officers inspected his vehicle more closely, the situation somehow became even worse. 

The man's Hyundai Excel, which from a distance appeared to be a convertible, was found to actually be a regular sedan that had its roof cut off. 

The vehicle also had "considerable crash damage to the rear", SA Police said on Sunday.

The driver was arrested and charged with drive unlicensed, fail to stop at a red light, breach of bail and breach vehicle standards.  

The car was defected and towed from the scene.

The fake convertible Hyundai was deemed defected and had to be towed from the scene. Source: South Australia Police
The fake convertible Hyundai was deemed defected and had to be towed from the scene. Source: South Australia Police

More than 5000 people responded to the bizarre arrest after South Australia Police posted about it on Facebook, many of which took the opportunity to poke fun at the driver. 

"Just another classic car detail," one person wrote sarcastically in a comment. 

Many jokingly claimed they were inspired by the modifications made to the Excel.

"Why bother buying a convertible when you could do this," someone wrote. 

Someone else argued the car "would have been like driving a piece of spaghetti with the roof off".

"They had to do a closer inspection? Should have gone to Specsavers," someone else joked. 

"Fake it till you make it," another said.

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