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The $10,000 Lamborghini knock-off

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Chinese man builds a Reventon replica out of scrap metal.

Chinese man builds a Reventon replica out of scrap metal.

Chinese man builds a Reventon replica out of scrap metal.

Not many people can afford to buy a Lamborghini – so why not just build one?

That’s what 28-year-old Chinese man Wang Jian has done, replicating the ultra-exotic Lamborghini Reventon coupe out of scrap iron sheeting and recycled wrecked cars.

According to UK news site ITN, the supercar lookalike rides on Volkswagen underpinnings and the rear-mounted engine is sourced from a Nissan van – dubbed the “Volksvanghini”. The site claims Wang has managed to build the car for about 60,000 Chinese Yuan ($9200), but it obviously still needs a few Yuan spent on the finishing touches. Headlights and tail-lights, for example.

Inside, the car is a bare bones affair, with just a driver’s seat, pedal box and an upside-down steering wheel filling the space in the cabin. Wang reportedly uses the car to ferry fertiliser to his parents’ farm.

Wang, who hails from rural Jiangsu province, hopes to start up his own sports car brand one day. He currently works as a mechanic.

Just 21 examples of the real Reventon were made. Each sold for €1 million ($1.22m) prior to the car's unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in 2007, but used examples are believed to have fetched as much as $1.6m at auction.

 

 

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