Rare Rides: Ferrari-inspired Chevrolet Turbo-diesel Will Ignite Your Custom Passions

rare rides ferrari inspired chevrolet turbo diesel will ignite your custom passions

Some automotive generalities are undeniable: Americans like their pickup trucks, and Italians like the style and flair of a Ferrari. It’s not often these two interests align, but today’s Rare Rides must have been written somewhere in the stars, because it’s just so right. Via Craigslist, behold the stunning Ferrar-olet.

Last week got the custom party started, with a one-off ZIL limousine. Though superbly luxurious, the $1,200,000 price tag meant it was a little spendy. We know the B&B likes a good value, so this custom Ferrar-olet can be had for less than one percent of the price of the ZIL.

It seats the same number of people as the Russian, and features custom bodywork to mirror the now-legendary Testarossa (still in production when this beauty was created). You must admit, the amazing coachwork you see here does bear quite a resemblance to the Pininfarina-designed Ferrari.

Under the hood resides the favorite powerplant of the ICE, a turbo-diesel. Wikipedia tells me this should be a 6.5-liter V8 version, introduced for 1992. The same article indicates this engine is still in use today in the Humvee. Must be a good one!

The interior has also been customized, with generous helpings of floorboards. Certainly it’s on par with your early ’90s expectations.

The rear bench seat is blemish-free, in case three friends who know class and style when they see it want to ride along.

As a bonus, the truck has lower miles than just about any other GM diesel from the period you might encounter. This alone makes the $9,750 asking price seem a pittance, even before you consider the rest of the bespoke goodness.

According to the listing, this truck was commissioned by a businessman who’d trailer his Ferrari collection to auto shows, and desired a truck that matched his Italian stallions. He was living the dream, and so should you.

[Images via Craigslist]

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  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
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