From the Charred Wreck of a Lamborghini, a D.I.Y. Supercar

By Mercedes Lilienthal5 days ago

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Its still not cheap, and itll take some skill, but finding the totaled car of your dreams and rebuilding it can give you bragging rights, and a sweet new ride.

PORTLAND, Ore. Under the rear hood of Chris Steinbachers Lamborghini Huracn sits a Chevy engine. Sure, its a twin turbo, and, yes, it pumps a menacing 900 horsepower to the wheels, but the pedigree is Detroit, not Italy. And the rest of the car was basically put together in Portland.

Lamborghini purists may want to cover their eyes now.

The left-for-dead Lambo is one of Mr. Steinbachers salvaged supercars. He bought it what was left of it, anyway, after a fire burned it nearly in two for $40,000, and it was delivered via forklift. (A new Huracn can approach $300,000, and Mr. Steinbachers now-tricked-out 2016 model hovers in that same stratosphere.) Parts for this resurrection cost about $50,000, a discounted total that he kept down with the help of sponsors on his YouTube channel, B Is for Build, which has close to 1.5 million subscribers.

Flooded Ferraris and mangled McLarens are easily found on auction sites like Copart and Impact Auto Auctions. Most people playing in this realm work strictly with cash, Mr. Steinbacher said, although financing can sometimes be arranged. What happens after your wreck rolls off the delivery trailer is far more complicated, but with more money and dedication, a dream car may be within reach.

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