As a producer of some of the most exclusive, exorbitant, and intricately-designed cars on the planet, the prospect of chopping up a 1960s Lamborghini and transforming it into a rat-rod-style creation is beyond sacrilegious to most motorsport enthusiast. This, however, didn’t deter France’s Danton Art Kustoms from joining forces with Italy’s CHD Edition to churn out what’s arguably the most exotic rat-rod ever built.
Produced for only a decade starting in ’68, the Espada was penned by legendary automotive designer Marcello Gandini — the same creative force behind the Ferrari 308 GT4, Alfa Romeo Montreal and Carabo Concept, and Lamborghini Miura and Countach. Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the Espada’s release, this custom Lambo utilizes the donor’s original chassis and 325hp 3.9L 60-degree V12 engine. Adorning the frame is custom, riveted bodywork that blends into the stock upper half of the car, while out in front there’s a bespoke three-section windshield and front-end assembly. The design also boasts a set of modern Reventon side scoops and a fully-bespoke rivet-laden interior including one-off seats and dash. Now sitting on a set of custom-made G67 RUMI rims from Toronto’s Govad Forged Wheels, this one-off supercar boasts an ultra-wide 8.2’ stance. Completed in 2018, this Espada is slated to go under the hammer at Mecum’s upcoming Kissimmee sale where it’s expected to fetch over $200,000.