Renders reveal elegant 1950s inspired roadster with interior jewelled detailing by Lalique with very limited edition of 12 units for first production run
Italian coachbuilder ARES and world-renowned French crystal maker Lalique have revealed first images of their stunning automotive design collaboration, a perfectly proportioned two-seater roadster, the WAMI Lalique Spyder.
With a bold muscular silhouette, reminiscent of the halcyon days of the 1950s, the Spyder’s exterior is crafted from a blend of hand-shaped aluminium and carbon fibre. Its evocative styling cues include chromed exhausts, front and rear bumper with over-riders and wire wheels giving the vehicle the opulent nod to the past and a timeless appearance.
Inside, bespoke French crystal design meets handcrafted Italian upholstery creating a perfect blend of artisan skills and sumptuous luxury detailing. From the delicately decorated centre console to the doors the elegant interior boasts hand-made crystal embellishments, perfectly complemented by the finest English oak dashboard housing the classic white on back dials – reminiscent of the bygone era.
The car’s inspiration, derived from the finest two-seater roadsters, was painstakingly conceived by the Modenese design house’s Centro Stile team. The hand-made jewels will be produced at Lalique’s factory in Wingen-sur-Moder in Alsace, France. Like its Italian counterparts, Lalique’s team of gifted artisans marry traditional skills of the past and modern-day technology to create stunning and unique works of art.
Commenting on the initial renders, Lalique’s Chairman and CEO Silvio Denz said: “Thanks to the perfect marriage between Lalique’s bespoke crystal design and ARES Design’s high level of excellence in car design and technology, the masterpiece that will result of this collaboration will be the ultimate luxury accessory. This very special collaboration perpetuates the work of René Lalique whose iconic car mascots were some of his best-known pieces created in the roaring twenties.”
ARES Design’s CEO and Co-founder Dany Bahar said: “As work progresses, we can now begin to truly appreciate what a beautiful and unique car we are co-creating with our partner Lalique; it is unlike anything we have produced before. The WAMI Lalique Spyder will be a joy to own – the ultimate luxury accessory. Owners will be able to relive the romance of travel that is synonymous with the Côte D’Azur and the Amalfi Coast of the 1950s in a beautifully adorned masterpiece; the epitome of bejewelled excellence.”