Classic Lamborghini’s never really get the credit or attention they deserve when compared to their Ferrari counterparts and this especially applies to classic four-seat Lamborghini’s. One such Lamborghini is the Lamborghini Espada. The Lamborghini Espada was designed by Marcello Gandini while at Bertone and it had an impressive 10 year production life (1968 – 1978) which saw only 1,217 examples roll of the assembly line. Over it’s ten year production life, the Lamborghini Espada underwent some changes (mainly interior changes), and as a result three different series were produced.
The Lamborghini Espada was designed to be a daily driver and as a result it had a luxury leather interior which could seat four adults in absolute comfort. The name “Espada” actually means “sword” in Spanish but did this classic Lamborghini ever cut the mustard amongst the big boys? Well the Lamborghini Espada was powered by a 3.9 litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine which sucked in air through six Weber side-draft carburettors. The end result was an impressive power output of 345 hp (257 kW) of power in Series ll form. However, in Series lll form the Espada had it’s power decreased, and it produced just 321 hp (239 kW).
Back in its day the Lamborghini Espada was an impressive high-performance exotic, however in today’s world it has lost it’s edge, or has it? While browsing the world wide web recently I came across a rather special, and very unusual example of a Lamborghini Espada. In fact, this particular Lamborghini Espada left me speechless, why? Well we often see custom Lamborghini’s showing up online, and most of them have been outfitted with a few performance upgrades and maybe a wide body kit, but we have never seen a Lamborghini Rat Rod before and that is exactly what the Lamborghini Espada featured in this article is.
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod CHD Edition and it is the craziest thing I have seen in a long time. This outrageous Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod is the work of a talented French hot-rod builder known as Danton Arts Kustom. I know what you are thinking, who is Danton Arts Kustom? Well this is the first time I have ever heard of them but their work speaks for itself, just look at it. As any real petrolhead is aware classic Lamborghini’s and Rat Rods exist on two opposite ends of the automotive spectrum, so just how did these two very distant worlds collide and how did a four-seater, luxurious Lamborghini end up as a Rat Rod?
The Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod CHD Edition started life as a 1970 Lamborghini Espada, however the owner of this 1970 Lamborghini Espada wanted to celebrate the 50th birthday of the big Lamborghini. As a result, he wanted to create something special, a one of a kind Espada that would get loads of attention wherever it goes. As a result, the owner turned to French hot rod builder Danton Arts Kustom and work began. Taking inspiration from the Espada’s name, Danton Arts Kustom then turned this big Lambo into a Hot Wheels like creation, and we absolutely love it.
Danton Arts Kustom outfitted this Espada Rat Rod with a custom designed front end, which looks to us as if it was sculpted with a sword from a solid block of metal. As we can see from the images in this article, the factory standard Lamborghini Espada body has been chopped in various places, including right in front of the firewall and it has been outfitted with a custom body kit which gives this Lamborghini Espada a more menacing look. The upgrades didn’t end there however, because Danton Arts Kustom has also fitted it with a set of ultra wide alloy wheels which have been painted dark red. The Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod CHD Edition also features a set of Huracan Performante style Italian flag decals on both sides of the vehicle, which act as a finishing touch to this crazy design.
By looking at the pictures featured in this article, from the outside the Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod CHD Edition can still be recognized as a Lamborghini Espada. However, this all changes when one peers inside because Danton Arts Kustom has removed the factory standard soft leather and wood trim, and they have replaced these items with custom panels made from individual metal plates which have been riveted together, and they have fitted a new, custom dashboard too. This crazy Rat Rod is still a four-seater however, so you can head down the drag strip with a few of your friends if that’s your thing, pretty cool isn’t it?
Under the hood the Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod CHD Edition retains it’s original 3.9 litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine. We can see from the pictures featured in this article that the V12 engine is still carburetted, but we have no idea if the engine has been modified or not. We believe that the Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod CHD Edition features a manual transmission but no performance or top speed figures were available at the time of writing this article. Unfortunately, there is no word on how much this build cost, but considering all the custom work that has gone into this build, we are pretty sure it wasn’t cheap. As mentioned earlier in this article, the Lamborghini Espada Rat Rod CHD Edition is absolutely crazy, but it will make any Hot Wheels fan smile and it will turn heads wherever it goes.