Meet the Lambonaro
A US firm is turning Holden Monaros into Lamborghini Aventadors. Well, replicas of the Aventador, at least.
The Holden Monaro - which was exported in limited numbers to the US as a Pontiac GTO - was a classic, very liveable everyday coupe - but nowhere near as desirable as a Lamborghini Aventador.
This car, then - as seen on auction site eBay and built by Idaho-based coach-builders Z and M Customs - is designed to combine the best elements of the two: the looks of the Lambo and the day-to-day driver-friendliness of the Monaro.
Obviously it bears no resemblance to the Holden coupe on the outside due to extensive bodywork, including the signature Lamborghini scissor doors, LED tail-lights and sharp-angled headlights, along with the wedgey bumpers and side panels.
A rear glass "deck-lid" covers a replica V12 engine – the Monaro’s LS1 V8 engine remains under the front bonnet, which means this version is four cylinders short of a 12-pack. It's mated to a six-speed manual, with power sent to the rear wheels.
Inside, the car retains the Monaro dashboard, instrument cluster and steering wheel, though there are some new items including retrimmed seats and door fabrics, and a central screen that is linked to a rear-view camera.
At the time of writing, the Lamborghini Aventador replica was up to US$46,100 ($44,224), with just over two days remaining in the auction. That’s good money for a second-hand Monaro but about $700,000 shy of the asking price for a new Aventador.
The original listing for the car had a "Buy it now" price of US$59,500.