Truly TERRIBLE

And no, by “terrible” I don’t mean how infrequently I’ve been updating.

This terrible “replica” (emphasis on the quotes) of a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster has been up on eBay a few times right now (#110367769512) with a reserve price of — I’m guessing — at least $50,000 given that it’s built on a brand new Solstice chassis ($31k). What bugs me most of all is how, in giant letters, the auction text goes:

NO ONE WILL KNOW it’s not a Real Lamborghini, UNLESS YOU TELL THEM !!!

For clarity, here’s the pictures of the car, alongside pictures of the real thing:

And as you can see, it looks nothing like the real thing!!! I mean, what were they thinking, trying to build an LP640 replica on a front-engine GM chassis??? Yeah, that’s right — the engine is still at the front and the chassis is unaltered. If I didn’t have such disdain for the builders it would be almost heartbreaking thinking about the enormous amount of work that must have gone into creating this piece of junk. Every teenager that’s fantasized about Lamborghinis will laugh the owner out of town. If you really want a chuckle, there are a couple YouTube videos of the car here and here. It’s this sort of thing that makes kit cars embarassing.

Given how many great, accurate Murcielago replicas are on their market, I’d really love to meet the moron that ends up buying this Frankenstein creation of a bunch of Murcielago body panels glued all over a Pontiac Solstice. I just can’t get over how reprehensible this joke of a car is. Very, very lame. Oh, and to top it off, the builders have been posting insulting comments about other people’s more authentic looking replicas on YouTube. Losers!!!

18 Comments

  • Rich / March 24, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I found they look exactly alike if you do the following. Turn the monitor off or take enough LSD to kill a sperm whale. When Stevie Wonder was asked he said he couldn’t spot the difference.

    But seriously it’s not even in the same neighborhood as close to looking right. Just like in Jurassic the guy said “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should” .

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  • Rich / March 24, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I found they look exactly alike if you do the following. Turn the monitor off or take enough LSD to kill a sperm whale. When Stevie Wonder was asked he said he couldn’t spot the difference.

    But seriously it’s not even in the same neighborhood as close to looking right. Just like in Jurassic the guy said “Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should” .

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  • Rick / March 24, 2009 at 9:51 am

    yet you must understand that somewhere, right now, some squid is looking at this and thinking, only few more sales and a trade-in of his dubs off his Suburban, and he’ll be rollin’ one of these-where most of his ilk couldn’t tell the difference. Word!

    Especially in any place that doesn’t have the real thing anywhere around. here in the Bay Area, you’ll see the real thing of many exotics much more often than the kits, either good or poor quality.

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  • Rick / March 24, 2009 at 9:51 am

    yet you must understand that somewhere, right now, some squid is looking at this and thinking, only few more sales and a trade-in of his dubs off his Suburban, and he’ll be rollin’ one of these-where most of his ilk couldn’t tell the difference. Word!

    Especially in any place that doesn’t have the real thing anywhere around. here in the Bay Area, you’ll see the real thing of many exotics much more often than the kits, either good or poor quality.

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  • bats / March 25, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Why is it the more high end exotic some kit car tries to be the more embarrassed I would be to be seen in it if it isn’t up to par?

    15 years ago I loved to cruise around in Dannys basket case Avenger, when we were asked “Is that just a VW kit car” I was happy to brag it was “just” a VW

    Getting past the rest of this cars styling issues If this pseudo Lambo is front engine, man oh man, my skin could never be thick enough to drive it,

    Did you notice in one video it’s parked in the handicapped space, in this case I assume it’s the car with the handicaps,
    I feel bad for the person who put so much time and work in this.

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  • bats / March 25, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Why is it the more high end exotic some kit car tries to be the more embarrassed I would be to be seen in it if it isn’t up to par?

    15 years ago I loved to cruise around in Dannys basket case Avenger, when we were asked “Is that just a VW kit car” I was happy to brag it was “just” a VW

    Getting past the rest of this cars styling issues If this pseudo Lambo is front engine, man oh man, my skin could never be thick enough to drive it,

    Did you notice in one video it’s parked in the handicapped space, in this case I assume it’s the car with the handicaps,
    I feel bad for the person who put so much time and work in this.

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  • reader one / March 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    you guys sit at your pc and talk shit, you have no idea what it takes to build a car or even how to keep the drippings from you ding dongs off your chin.GET A F%#@@ LIFE

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    • Spiny Norman / November 12, 2013 at 2:17 am

      Well well well, it looks like the builder of this yellow banana (and author of hyperbolic eBay auctions) has elected to grace this site. Release the celebratory pigeons! Even if they should coat said vehicle to the point of obfuscation it would still be obvious to most that it barely looks like what the builder purports. Go wipe your own chin AND nether regions. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Move along now, nothing to see (birds, you know)

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  • reader one / March 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    you guys sit at your pc and talk shit, you have no idea what it takes to build a car or even how to keep the drippings from you ding dongs off your chin.GET A F%#@@ LIFE

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  • rick / March 27, 2009 at 2:41 am

    While I think the car looks pretty bad, I still give the builder a lot of credit. He tried something new. Have you looked at the interior of the Solstice and the interior of the Lambo? Very similar. Nothing upsets me more than to see a 100% accurate Lambo body around a 100% accurate interior centered around Fiero heater controls. Why, after 25 years, has NO ONE thought about putting a few thousand in to R&D and making a decent looking set of heater controls to replace these ugly GM ones??? I imagine you could sell 1000 pieces instantly. Print 500 faceplates with bulls, the other 500 with prancing horses and they’d sell out in a day.

    Now, not to say a kit car can be given credit based on the interior of the chosen donor, but I still give this car points for innovation. Have you seen the 360 Modena built on a Peugeot 406 by Extreme? Now there’s a car that WILL fool anyone, AND the engine is in the front.

    I often daydream about what cars share similar lines with other cars and which would be good donors for replicas. I’ve never yet attempted to build a single one of these daydreaming ideas, but I always wonder if they’d turn out more like the 360 (accurate), or more like this Lambo (not so accurate). Hopefully, the guy who built this one will see what he needs to do to make it work and maybe if there is a v2.0, it might look a little closer to the real thing.

    Lastly, for what it’s worth, I showed the these side-by-side pics on POHT to a non-car-geek co-worker just now and he said “Oh, its the same car in a different color”. So yes, to us car geeks, we all spot the ‘obvious’ differences right away. To the other 98% of the population, they just look at it and say “Nice Ferrari”. 🙂

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  • rick / March 27, 2009 at 2:41 am

    While I think the car looks pretty bad, I still give the builder a lot of credit. He tried something new. Have you looked at the interior of the Solstice and the interior of the Lambo? Very similar. Nothing upsets me more than to see a 100% accurate Lambo body around a 100% accurate interior centered around Fiero heater controls. Why, after 25 years, has NO ONE thought about putting a few thousand in to R&D and making a decent looking set of heater controls to replace these ugly GM ones??? I imagine you could sell 1000 pieces instantly. Print 500 faceplates with bulls, the other 500 with prancing horses and they’d sell out in a day.

    Now, not to say a kit car can be given credit based on the interior of the chosen donor, but I still give this car points for innovation. Have you seen the 360 Modena built on a Peugeot 406 by Extreme? Now there’s a car that WILL fool anyone, AND the engine is in the front.

    I often daydream about what cars share similar lines with other cars and which would be good donors for replicas. I’ve never yet attempted to build a single one of these daydreaming ideas, but I always wonder if they’d turn out more like the 360 (accurate), or more like this Lambo (not so accurate). Hopefully, the guy who built this one will see what he needs to do to make it work and maybe if there is a v2.0, it might look a little closer to the real thing.

    Lastly, for what it’s worth, I showed the these side-by-side pics on POHT to a non-car-geek co-worker just now and he said “Oh, its the same car in a different color”. So yes, to us car geeks, we all spot the ‘obvious’ differences right away. To the other 98% of the population, they just look at it and say “Nice Ferrari”. 🙂

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  • Bats / March 27, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Rick,
    I give the builder lots of credit, and feel badly for him,
    every coin has two sides and an edge,

    This makes me recall what a fellow said at my night club one Xmas about a gift he had been given,
    “Well it’s the thought that counts….why couldn’t they have thought of something else”
    I apply that to this car or any replica that is trying to go to the higher level and sticks the engine of a mid engine car in the front, to me this is far more an abomination that a little GM AC controller that upsets you, and be so sure you would sell a pile with bulls or horses on them,

    I admit I poke a lot at Fiero re bodies, I never could get why people would go as far as stretching the frame and adding a v8 to what is now a rotten chassis design, why not just go tube frame to start with, and the short Lambo’s and 4-R-E’s are just funny looking, like the NAF GT40 they look like a constipated turtle, but I can appreciate the work going into things and yet never warm up to it or like some sub rate pseudo replica like in this case with a front engine, and that’s not the only short coming of this replica by a long shot.

    I tried the same thing with my wife, I showed her the pics of the real car then the kit then both together, she is not a “car” person and I didn’t tell her which was the real deal,

    She called the kit car…”Cheap looking”

    This isn’t really any more telling than the fellow you work with thinking it’s the same car and if that fellow really thinks it’s the same car does he need glasses because even a anti car person can tell pretty fast that is not the same car.

    I do admit it looks better from some angles than others,
    And while nice the 360 Modena built on a Peugeot 406 only fools non car people who are clueless about where the engine really is, they don’t say “nice 4-R-E” because they have no clue what it is….if they arent car people.

    I believe most everyone can appreciate the innovation and work that went into this and many others, doesnt mean they were good ideas,
    I don’t rate this car any higher than the old kits that made Firebairds and Camaros into 4-R-E’s,

    And just run out by saying,
    Couldnt they have thought of something else?

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  • Bats / March 27, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Rick,
    I give the builder lots of credit, and feel badly for him,
    every coin has two sides and an edge,

    This makes me recall what a fellow said at my night club one Xmas about a gift he had been given,
    “Well it’s the thought that counts….why couldn’t they have thought of something else”
    I apply that to this car or any replica that is trying to go to the higher level and sticks the engine of a mid engine car in the front, to me this is far more an abomination that a little GM AC controller that upsets you, and be so sure you would sell a pile with bulls or horses on them,

    I admit I poke a lot at Fiero re bodies, I never could get why people would go as far as stretching the frame and adding a v8 to what is now a rotten chassis design, why not just go tube frame to start with, and the short Lambo’s and 4-R-E’s are just funny looking, like the NAF GT40 they look like a constipated turtle, but I can appreciate the work going into things and yet never warm up to it or like some sub rate pseudo replica like in this case with a front engine, and that’s not the only short coming of this replica by a long shot.

    I tried the same thing with my wife, I showed her the pics of the real car then the kit then both together, she is not a “car” person and I didn’t tell her which was the real deal,

    She called the kit car…”Cheap looking”

    This isn’t really any more telling than the fellow you work with thinking it’s the same car and if that fellow really thinks it’s the same car does he need glasses because even a anti car person can tell pretty fast that is not the same car.

    I do admit it looks better from some angles than others,
    And while nice the 360 Modena built on a Peugeot 406 only fools non car people who are clueless about where the engine really is, they don’t say “nice 4-R-E” because they have no clue what it is….if they arent car people.

    I believe most everyone can appreciate the innovation and work that went into this and many others, doesnt mean they were good ideas,
    I don’t rate this car any higher than the old kits that made Firebairds and Camaros into 4-R-E’s,

    And just run out by saying,
    Couldnt they have thought of something else?

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  • Mark Ernest / April 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I think what they meant to say is NO BLIND PERSON WILL KNOW THE DIFFERENCE UNLESS YOU TELL THEM…unless their blindness is cured, of course! LOL…

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  • redgreen0289 / December 13, 2009 at 10:58 am

    This is one ugly car- I enjoy adding to the humor by having garbage such as this flagged as an illegal counterfeit on E-Bay. If we can shut down the loosers that build this junk so much the better for all.

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  • eltranced / March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

    it doesnt look like real lam but comes off pritty close, i’d take off the spoiler and put some vynil to give it definition .. a mexican would buy it and it does come off better looking then original solstice anyway

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  • amit / March 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I am in the market for a Lamborghini Murcielago. I’m not sure who to trust with this for a turnkey. There seem to be plenty of scamsters. Who do you guys recommend. I’d really appreciate the advise. Also, how much should I be paying for a turnkey? A

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  • Blake Villanueva / April 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Theres a lot of pros and cons. On the Positive side it looks great to the untrained eye especially just passing on the road by 99% of the people whom just find it nice and pleasing to the eyes, like a 26 yr old gorgious blond in a pair of short daisy dukes shorts. Not the point if she’z a GOLD Digger after ur $, But that it is nice to look at, The same goes for this Fake or Real thing. the difference is it’s a fraction of the cost in insurance, Maintence, gas milage, and if she’s so shallow that it must be a real Lambo, then she is probley afer more than your money, furthermore on the guys whom have a problem with it, also are compensating for their own short commings and have to bash the guy or gal who is getting the attention from kids and a majority o the common folks who really dont care if you are wealthy enough to own REAL properties that eventually will become property of some “GOLD DIGGER”

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