There is a Lamborghini for sale at an auction. It will fetch around £200,000 (roughly P13.3 million). This, ordinarily, is not news.
When the Lamborghini in question looks like this, however, it is very much news. This is a 1968 Lamborghini Espada, but one which very much no longer looks like an Espada.
Turned into a rat rod by French tuning house Danton Art Kustoms in 2018—to celebrate the Espada’s 50th birthday—it demonstrates a slight departure from the standard car’s languid, classy approach to grand touring. This car will not grand tour.
When a car’s spec sheet prioritises the phrase ‘8.2 feet wide,’ you know you’re dealing with something out of the ordinary. The original 3.9-liter V12 engine still sits up front, producing a modest 350hp, but it breathes a little easier now owing to the complete lack of hood. Doesn’t it look lovely, all exposed?
Much of it is completely custom—the seats and wheels, most notably—but the side vents have been nicked from a Lamborghini Reventon and there’s a semblance of the original Espada interior layout still intact. None of the equipment is, mind you.
All told, it’s a stark looking thing. We’re unashamedly in love with its madness, but what say you? Has a stone-cold classic been butchered, or should more people give old Lambos a batsh*t new lease of life?
If you fall into the latter camp, and have £200,000 knocking around, then you’ll want to get along to Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in Florida. If you do take the plunge, please let us have a go...
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.