By on June 17, 2011

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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26 Comments on “Chinese Police Nabs Fake Lamborghini...”

  • avatar

    Not a bad job all in all. I like it.

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    “Luke, I am your father.”

    “No, no. That’s not true. That’s impossible!”

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    The fact that this was done at all tells us there are people in China that can make anything, with limited resources and without a huge budget.
    It is no wonder China is emerging as the worlds industrial power.

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    Honestly, I think it looked cooler before the paint job.

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    This is sculpture, plain and simple. The welder likely had nothing but photos to work with, making this quite a feat. I too preferred the rat rod look. It’s rather astounding that the police made him de-restore the car; I wonder if he had the option to take it off the road and store it for posterity, or if the authorities were just flexing their considerable muscle over every aspect of Chinese life…because they could.

    • 0 avatar

      If you would live here, you would find Chinese police generally very friendly and helpful. Many things that leave you in cuffs in the U.S. are settled through discussions and admonitions not to do it again. I know this doesn’t fit the image of the police state, but that’s the way it is.

      I bet if he keeps it off the streets, he can do whatever he wants with it. I also bet it would be available at a discounted price. There aren’t many tracks in China.

      • 0 avatar

        Sooo…it appears that in some respects, Chinese society may enjoy more freedom than in our no-respect-for-anyone-but-yourself society here? I’m not speaking stealthily of “diversity” either – it’s increasing lack of common decency among everyone – whites included! I see it everyday. I fear this spreading disease will eventually affect them, too.

      • 0 avatar
        SVX pearlie

        Different kinds of freedom exist in the US vs China.

        The US is very Legalist, meaning that we get wrapped in the minutiae of what is written down. If it’s not as written, you’ve got problems. For example, invite a city housing inspector to come over and see what happens…

        China has is more flexible, but gets wound up really hard over political challenges. Also, spending hard currency. Stay out of those areas, and it appears you can do pretty much anything as long as you keep your head down.

      • 0 avatar

        I echo those sentiments. The local police in most Chinese cities is not to be viewed upon in the same way as the police in western countries. It is instead more akin to a block captain or community watch. Case in point, the local police station (which is more plentiful than US cities) often serves a dual role as a depository for keys. Local residents often have the OPTION of providing them with a copy of their home key, so that if they are locked out, they would just go to the police station to get the duplicate.

        They also do strange things such as handling registration of residents (previously a legal requirement for every community), as well as being responsible for such things are arbitrating minor disputes (minor fender benders, arguments between vendors and retail customers, public drunkenness). In most case, an actual prosecution is rare. Instead, the parties USUALLY calm down once they are at the police station, and parties leave once the “police” has mediated the dispute.

        Not that it is always warm and fuzzy, but generally speaking, people do not have a very negative view of the local police force.

      • 0 avatar
        SVX pearlie

        Good point there.

        In the US, when the police “mediate” a domestic situation, invariably, somebody’s going to be arrested and spend the night in jail.

      • 0 avatar

        Sorry guys I’m living here in China also and frankly I’ll take western style police any day over the amateurs and unprofessional police they have here.

        It’s common here to see police ignore illegal situations under their noses constantly. They are bullies half the time the rest of the time they are found to be selectively enforcing laws.

        You don’t enjoy more freedom here than you do in the west however many police and chinese in general are nice to westerners. IF it was a westerner driving that car you can bet that some money would have changed hands and the westerner would’ve been able to go on his merry way.

        Bribery is commonplace here. As for the police settling things it’s not as rosy as the other posters make it out. Basically people don’t want to end up in the legal system because that is not ruled by law but by politics and the size of peoples wallets and guanxi or “relationships”. They’d rather just get out of the system before anything problematic shows up.

        Frankly I’d rather as you put it “go to jail” in the west in a domestic dispute as then I can be reasonably sure of at least getting something approximating a fair hearing. In China there isn’t even any pretense of that.

        And before people start saying things are so great here, ask yourselves this. Why are so many of the rich people and party members sending their kids outside the country to study and live? Why also are they looking for residency cards in other countries?.

        Anyway, it’s a good article the willingness of the Chinese worker to do anything here is pretty amazing on the other hand, the ability of the Chinese worker to look incredibly busy while doing nothing is also amazing.

        As on person earlier said, you get what you pay for, I’d doubt that the welds are all that strong etc etc.

        I’m guessing the owner of the car will be able to find someway whereby he can get to keep his car. But it will be a political decision not a legal one. Probably something like registering the car as art or something like that.

        Assuming he has enough $$$ he’ll get it one way or another.

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah, the hilarious thing is that if you complain (aka, yell) about how the police are treating you to their face in the U.S. it’ll more than likely result in you getting arrested and thrown in jail-but in China it’s actually a common occurrence to see people loudly yelling at cops when the cops are trying to stop them from doing something illegal and the police basically just stand there and try to calm the people down. Seriously, I’ve seen this happen time and time again where people do stuff that would get them beaten silly in the U.S.

        There are of course isolated incidents of probably insane and/or corrupt officers doing some really awful stuff but thinking that that applies to most places in China is as ridiculous as taking NYPD shootings or sexual assaults of innocent people to mean that everyone in New York City lives in constant fear of the police shooting or sodomizing them.

        As mentioned above, about the only thing that will actually cause you to get hellfire thrown at you by the legendary “police state” of China is if you go around telling people that they should overthrow/rebel/oust the communist party-the first time you’ll probably get less than veiled threat, the second time you’ll probably end up under house arrest, and if you try again you disappear off to be re-educated. Stay away from that or any violent crimes (which result in summary execution via shooting squad a good deal of the time) and you’re basically free to do whatever you want.

  • avatar

    I would love to know how much that thing weighs. And if the welder is looking for an apprentice…

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    The pictures of the unfinished car are amazing. The head-on shot with the doors open look like the Batmobile got caught in the Laurel canyon fire. The second and third pictures give one the impression that you should see a grizzled Mel Gibson standing around as they’re prepping to shoot a scene from ‘Mad Max beyond the Great Wall.’ Which is to say the sheet metal guy(s) who made this could do well making movie props. He’d also be a helluva lotta fun at a LeMons race.

    Bertel, is it possible this car could be re-registered as a one-off custom, or does the law not allow that?

  • avatar

    Gullwing doors? What gullwing doors?

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    It looks like a tornado intercept vehicle.

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

    • 0 avatar

      Well if it isn’t the Kumming ‘barber’ got a heck of a deal. I’m still scratching my head about the Aventador anyway. I get that it’s inteded to be a highest of the high end super car that offers exclusivity over anything else. Yet when you compare its numbers with that of a Gallardo LP550-2 it doesn’t make a lot of sense. All that carbon fibre, and yet if the published curb weights are accurate it weighs 3750lb to the Gallardo’s 3400. Top speed is 18mph faster, 0-60 .6 of a second faster, zero to 100 .9 second faster–for nearly twice the price.

  • avatar

    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.

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