This insane vehicle started out in life as a Lamborghini Espada so I'll understand if somebody calls it blasphemous because it is, technically, a vintage vehicle. Having said that, if you take the "vintage" factor out of the equation, what you'll see is an astounding and completely mental Rat Rod. It was built by Danton Art Kustoms in France, based on a 1968 Lamborghini Espada CHD Edition, and it is going to be sold at auction with Mecum Auctions.

Wikipedia says that a rat rod is a custom car deliberately made to look unfinished and/or showing rust and this Espada definitely fits the bill. It was built to celebrate the Espada's 50th anniversary and even though the project started with both the original body and chassis of the Espada, Danton made a few changes.

It looks like the whole car has been carved out of a block of rust and then sprayed over and, amazingly considering this is a Lamborghini, there's no carbon fibre. And we all know how much Lambo loves its carbon fibre. They use it for basically everything from their cars to dedicated luggage sets to smartphone covers.

Then again I guess if you're designing a car to make it look like it was designed in 2150 by somebody who spent a lot of time watching videos of how cars were made in 1950, carbon fibre really isn't a priority.

We start with the matt-grey exterior with Italian flag stripes and big 19 and 20-inch red wheels at the front and rear respectively. This Espada was then fitted with new side scoops out of a Lambo Reventon and the body is also much, much wider measuring 8.2 ft (2.5 mt) in width.

It is powered by the original 3.9-litre V12 engine with Weber carburettors which, when it was new, produced around 325hp. Mind you, I'm not even sure power really matters with this vehicle.

Anyway, inside you'll find the same 2+2 seating layout and interior upholstery that are half showroom standard and half dystopian future standard. The gear shift has been moved further up in the centre console and there's also an Italian flag in the dashboard. Weirdly, the car now uses a Lambo Huracan-style push-start button.

The Espada isn't exactly a cheap car, nor is it easy to find so I'm not actually sure how much this is worth and how much it's going to fetch at auction.

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