Woman Turns Crappy Car Into a Porsche For Her Wedding. By Hand.

September 16, 2011

Look, we're not going to lie. Weddings suck. They're complicated, they're expensive, they're aggravating, and generally just a great way to put your relationship under lots of stress to appease your family and hers. But the only thing more aggravating than wedding is wedding crafting.

Unless you're Megan Ashton, who built her own car for her wedding.

Ashton had a dream of pulling up to the chapel in her very own Porsche 356, the first car Porsche produced. One problem: they're insanely expensive to so much as rent, and Ashton couldn't afford the price. So instead, she bought a Volkswagen Beetle for $400 and turned it into one.

Ashton, a military engineer by trade, stripped the Beetle pretty much to the chassis, throwing out almost everything. Then, she built it back up, adding original bodywork, replacing the engine, installing authentic parts where she could, and essentially building a sports car from scratch using a total junker. All told, it ran her about $8,000 over six years, but she built her replica and had her perfect wedding.

Probably helping matters was the fact that even a replica of the 356 will run you $50,000. So we imagine that one way or the other, that wedding is paid for.

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