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If You Want It, You Can Get It


Here at MC&T we tend to shy away from focusing on the delicate and flammable works of art that are Italian cars, but we couldn’t pass this up. Just look at it. At this point it’s far more rat rod than it is anything else, but legally speaking, it’s a 1968 Lamborghini Espada. And yes, that’s a bare naked, original Lamborghini V12 engine with velocity stacks under where the hood is supposed to be.

By the way, it’s for sale.

Headed for the Mecum Kissimmee auction starting today and running through January 12, and was built to, unconventionally, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Espada when it was built back in 2018. But it wasn’t an American company that hot rodded up this Italian supercar. Rather, it was France’s Danton Art Kustoms, but it will be sold with a US title, per the listing.

Further details of this one-off Lamborghini are as follows: the side scoops are actually from the Reventon. It rolls on custom G67 RUMI wheels from Govad Foraged Wheels out of Toronto, Canada. Its custom emblem is a matador’s sword, the interior is entirely fabricated, and it’s 8.5 feet wide. Its top speed is unclaimed, but it’s likely terrifying considering there’s no safety equipment of any kind.

Introduced in 1968, the Espada enjoyed a 10-year production run, with production capping 1,200 units. The 2+2 grand touter styling may have been controversial at the time, but looked right at home with the angular and brawny muscle cars that America was cranking out every minute. Perhaps that’s why we’re attracted to it.

And remember, the next time somebody talks about ultra rare Lamborghini collectables like the Veneno or the Sian, simply show them this Espada, and watch them squirm.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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