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Liberty Walk gives the Autozam AZ-1 an Italian metamorphosis

This is the Ferrari F40 you can probably afford

We think this AZ-1 is one of Liberty Walk's better-looking cars. PHOTO FROM LIBERTY WALK

If you have to ask how much a Ferrari F40 is going for these days, then it’s safe to say that you don’t have enough financial reserves to get one. But fear not as Liberty Walk has a pretty clever solution for that. It may not be an actual example of Maranello’s finest, but it certainly looks like one if you squint.

Unlike a real F40, you don't need to worry about this thing parked outside a garage. PHOTOS FROM LIBERTY WALK

The customizer’s latest product uses an Autozam AZ-1 as a base. This is a mid-engine two-seater built to Japan’s unique kei-car specifications, and is a product of an unlikely union between Suzuki and Mazda (Autozam’s parent company). As you can see from the pictures, the vehicle’s wedge profile lends itself rather well to its Italian makeover.

Bodykit alone probably costs more than an AZ-1 base car. PHOTOS FROM LIBERTY WALK

Liberty Walk’s LB40 bodykit includes pretty much everything needed to transform the AZ-1 into an F40 lookalike. The selection of parts ranges from the front cowling to the side skirts, the door panels, the widened fenders, and the rear bumper and wing. Completing the list is a set of forged-alloy wheels.

We’re not the biggest fans of Liberty Walk, but we think this AZ-1 looks dope. It’s made even better by its gullwing doors that will surely command attention at any car meet. We just hope that the puny 660cc engine has enough power reserves to carry the extra weight of the kit.

You'll definitely arrive at car meets in style with these gullwing doors. PHOTO FROM LIBERTY WALK

You might think that the cost of having a pocket-sized, faux Ferrari is just as small as the base vehicle itself. But Liberty Walk is charging $22,660 (P1.27 million) for bodykit and an additional $14,300 (P800,000) for the alloy wheels. Looking cool (even in a kei car) definitely does not come cheap.

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