This Classic Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod Can Now Be Yours

This historic Raging Bull is reimagined as a menacing hot rod.

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From 1968 to 1978, Lamborghini only produced about 1,200 Espada grand touring coupes. And none of them looked anything quite like this. 

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France’s Danton Art Kustoms modded the vintage Raging Bull into a badass rat rod in 2018 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. While Ferruccio Lamborghini designed the original Espada as the Italian marque’s luxe response to the Rolls-Royce Corniche, Danton’s maintains the original vehicle’s lines but has an intentionally unfinished look, with Sant’Agata’s original 3.9-liter V12 totally exposed up front. 

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The side scoops, however, are informed by the Lamborghini Reventon,  a supercar that first debuted in 2007. More exposed rivets and support trusses were used as further styling elements, while a muted satin gray paint keeps the vehicle from looking outright garish.

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The seats and interior components were fabricated entirely by Danton, and the custom Espada name badge now features a Matador’s sword. Everything rides on shiny red wheels wrapped in modern Michelin tires. 

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Measuring 8.5 feet wide, Danton’s Espada rat rod will almost certainly handle and ride better than the original. It’s expected to fetch between $200,000 and $250,000 at Mecum’s Kissimmee, Florida auction in January—not an unreasonable ask for a truly one-of-a-kind take on a classic Lambo. 

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