Mecum's 2020 Kissimmee auction definitely wasn't lacking in terms of amazing collector cars, but one of the coolest and most indescribably unique vehicles to cross the auction block was this one-off rat rod that started life as an ultra-rare 1968 Lamborghini Espada. Despite its incredible style, this world-class custom failed to find a new home with a high bid of just $100,000.
Sitting a staggering 8.2 feet wide, this Lamborghini rat rod was built by Danton Art Kustoms in France to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the launch of the Espada, which was built from 1968 through 1978. Despite the heavy customization, the Espada's unique body is still evident with its large side window openings and the Kammback rear end design. The front axle has been move forward considerably resulting in an extreme wheelbase, and the track itself has been widened by moving the rear wheels outside of the body. To help tie the lines of the body in with the widened track, this Espada features the wide side door scoops of a Lamborghini Reventon.
The custom interior has even more of the rat rod look with plenty of exposed rivets and sheet metal. Just like it did from the factory, this Espada is still a four-seater with custom fabricated seats. The most incredible part of this build is that it used the Espada's original body, chassis and engine, and speaking of the engine, most of the front clip was removed – in true hot rod fashion – to fully expose monster 3.9-liter V12. And don't worry, if you're the winning bidder, this Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod will be street legal and sold with a U.S. title. You'll definitely be the only one on the planet with such a car!
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