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Someone Turned a Toyota Venza Into a Bentley SUV

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

I recently received a text message from a friend of mine in Arizona that contained a picture of the new Bentley SUV. Except it wasn't the Bentley SUV. It had Bentley taillights, sure, and it had a big "B" logo on the back, just like you'd expect from the Bentley SUV, but it was ... off. The styling wasn't right. Something wasn't adding up.

Fortunately, the text message included a picture of the Iowa license plate on the "Bentley SUV," which allowed me to look up the vehicle using the Carfax app. And the license plate returned to ... not a Bentley, or even a Mercedes-Benz, or an Audi, but something even more unexpected: a 2011 Toyota Venza. In other words, someone made a Bentley SUV out of a Toyota Venza.

Naturally, the first thing I did was I Googled the words "Toyota Venza Bentley," and I discovered the photographs above -- taken by "Messenger Puppet Central" and posted on several Internet forums -- which appear to show the Bentley Toyota Venza attending a Cars and Coffee-type gathering in the Phoenix area way back in 2013 (long before the Bentayga!). In other words, my friend was not the first person to see this thing on the road.

Now, although the idea of converting a Toyota Venza into a Bentley SUV might seem ridiculous on its face, whoever created this one did a pretty good job of it. In front, they've used actual Bentley headlights and possibly an actual Bentley grille. In back, those are actual Bentley taillights. And this would've taken an enormous amount of professional body work to create, since it would've involved customizing the tailgate, the fenders and more. Put simply: The idea of a Toyota-Venza-to-Bentley conversion may seem weird, but if you're going to do it, you'd want to do it like this person did.

Another interesting item to note: The actual winged Bentley logo doesn't appear anywhere on this car. The logo in back is a knock-off, and there's no logo at all in front. One wonders if Bentley spotted this before my friend did and maybe had a talk with the owner. You wouldn't want a Venza stealing the Bentayga's thunder, after all.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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