With car manufactures using increasingly exotic materials to increase strength and reduce weight, what buyers find acceptable has changed. Pagani has recently fused carbon-fibre and titanium to make ultra-strong carbo-tanium, and even the age-old favourite of wooden dash trim is now losing out to carbon and aluminium alternatives.
It’s heartening, then, to see a man who prefers the traditional approach. Istvan Puskas has spent the last four months fashioning a vehicle almost entirely from wood.
Built in his workshop in Tiszaors, Hungary, during the long winter breaks endured by farmers on the Hungarian Plains, the car uses the engine from a Fiat 126 and the steering wheel from an old Mercedes, but almost everything else is unique.
An old beer barrel serves as the fuel tank and even major components such as the gearbox and suspension have been made out of wood.
Speaking to APTN, Mr Puskas said: "I love to work with wood. And I like to create unique things which attract interest from people.
"I started to work on it at Christmas and it took me four months to finish it. This kept me busy during the winter time.
"My aim was to make it out of wood as much as possible. A wooden car must be made from wood!"
Although the car cannot be officially registered, Mr Puskas is allowed to drive around his local lanes by the police.
Unfortunately, due to having no where to store it, he is looking to sell his creation.
"I have no garage, I have nothing. It can be good for a collector, for somebody who likes nostalgia, for somebody who likes to drive slowly," he said.
Mr Puskas is looking to fund his next project – a three wheeled vehicle – with the proceeds.