I went thru a number of permutations on the basic design.   Robotech, Star Trek and even The Prisoner.  Having paid the car off in late 2010, it was time to narrow the field.  

For two main reasons, the design had to be Star Wars. 
One: Construction on my astromech began in early 2011. 
Two: My girlfriend wants to dress up as Princess Leia...

So that was that!

The car was originally blue.   As the original Star Wars script had Blue Squadron, I thought to go with blue instead of red.  ILM dropped blue due to bluescreen technology of the time and went red.  I was going to stay blue, but the general public doesn't know blue squadron, so I've gone red.