Chinese Police Nabs Fake Lamborghini

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
chinese police nabs fake lamborghini

A month ago, our friends at Carnewschina spotted an odd creation in Kumming, a Chinese city that is famous for other products than cars. The owner of a hair salon (we don’t know what kind of a hair salon, some hair salons in China are famous for other services than hair cutting) was infatuated with the new Lamborghini Aventador. What he didn’t like was the $968,426 sticker price (MSRP, landed in China, taxes included, and yes, you did read right.) So the hairdresser called on the local roadside sheet metal fabricator, showed him a picture and said: “Can you make that?”

“Mei wen ti” (no problem) was the answer. The barber of Kumming handed over a 1995 Nissan Bluebird with a 200hp 2 liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine from the Nissan Cefiro, along with 90,000 yuan ($14,000). The fabricator fired-up his welder. 12 days later, the barber had the above.

The switchblade doors alone would be worth $14,000 …

Today, Carnewschina checked in again on the barber of Kumming. The don’t waste any time in China: The car is painted, it has glass, and it looks downright stealthy.

The interior needs a little work. The sheet metal shop said this wasn’t their department.

The proud owner took the beer budget Aventador on a cruise to downtown Kumming. But what’s that in the back? It’s the fuzz!

A few minutes later, the car was confiscated. Kumming’s finest had several issues with the car. For one, there was no license plate. The excuse that there is no place to put one didn’t cut it. 500 yuan ($77) fine. The much bigger dilemma: The car doesn’t look like a Nissan Bluebird. When a car is registered in China, a picture is taken of the car. If the car doesn’t resemble the picture, you have a problem. An insidious punishment was handed down:The barber was ordered to restore the car to its original documented shape. According to local press, the car sits in the Kumming impound, “pending further investigation.”

I bet if you make an offer, you can pick it up for cheap. Contact Carnewschina for the address of the barber shop.

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  • Srogers Srogers on Jun 17, 2011

    I'm not convinced that it's a fake.

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    • SVX pearlie SVX pearlie on Jun 17, 2011

      @panzerfaust It is much more exclusive than the Gallardo.

  • Geggamoya Geggamoya on Jun 21, 2011

    Nice work. I would still rather have the Bluebird than this Datsurghini though.. Also i think you mean Kunming, not Kumming. My uncle has lived there for 15 years.

  • Azfelix From certain angles the bonnet appears oversized with respect to the rest of the car - like a skinny teenager wearing a bulky sweater nicked from her older sister's wardrobe.
  • Tassos This is way too god damned OLD, 21 years old to have all the necessary options you need TODAY. You need a 10 year old or less car. AND if you give us THIS POS, a 21 year old model, that is not even a LUXURY car, whoever pays $10k for a Golf, And I Do NOT care what anniversary it is (they are all UTTERLY INSIGNIFICANT) deserves to get this MOST UNRELIABLE AND COSTLY TO REPAIR OF ALL LOUSY ECONOBOXES< EVEN THE DOMESTICS AND THE KOREANS.
  • Tassos As you say, Toyota confirmed this on TUESDAY. Today is WEDNESDAY. Why is everything on TTAC held back one or more days before you tell us the NEWS when it is NO MORE THE NEWS?
  • MRF 95 T-Bird You can find a decent and far more stylish Audi TT or an S4 of a similar vintage for under $10k.
  • RHD "In all situations, the grip of the tires (225/40R18 front, 225/35R18 rear) brings with it road noise."Are the rear tires actually smaller than the fronts??!! Adding just a bit of sidewall would take care of the bumps and rough ride. I'm not a fan of BMWs, personally, but this is a very enjoyable car. There are times when driving a convertible is pure bliss, and with a bit of power it's fun as well. (And certainly a better drive than a gussied-up, overpriced German taxicab!)