Monday, October 5, 2009

2003 Laforza Turin - One of a Kind

Yeah, yeah, I know. Just a couple of days ago I said that I didn't want to turn this blog into some sort of Laforza blog, but this vehicle turned up on eBay Sunday and I just have to point it out...

Had Laforza somehow managed to stay in business (and, having bought a lot of stock in the company, I wish they had) this is the direction the company was headed in.

This is the one and only prototype of their PSV (Personal Security Vehicle). It was to be called the Turin and was displayed at Concorso Italiano (Carmel, CA) in August 2002. This car, being a prototype, was not armored, but it does feature the supercharged GM 6.0 Vortex engine (all other Laforzas used 5.0 liter Ford engines), updated bodywork and interior that were to be used on the Turin.

Most of the updates on this vehicle (except for the engine and armor) would have probably made it to the "standard" Laforza, had the company survived. I absolutely love the interior, especially the dashboard / instrument cluster. The updated front end looks great, except for the "Pimp My Laforza" style headlights. I'd take them out and put in the older style (which were sourced from Audi and pretty easy to find). The new bumper, with integrated fog lights, looks great. The hood, with its power bulge and vents looks aggressive. The new integrated running boards are a huge improvement over the older style. The back end wasn't changed much, except for some different taillights. Once again, I'd go with the older style.

This Laforza has 12,000 miles on it. The opening bid is $30,000.00. That's a ton of money for a Laforza. But, this is the only one like it in the world. To some people that may make it worth the price. Me? As much as I love the looks of this Laforza, I'll go for a nice old standard Laforza and save $20,000.00 or more.

Located in California and being offered by Laforza guru Mark Z, click here to see the eBay listing for this 2003 Laforza (built on a 1989 frame).

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