There’s Absolutely No Way This One-Off Russian Roadster Is A BMW

No, just no, but we still dig it.

Back in 1998, a Russian designer named Sergei Ivanov created a small roadster called the Cardi Curara. It featured a tubular frame and hinged fiberglass panels and was powered by a 5.0-liter V12 taken from a BMW 750.

BMW 750

With a total of 300 hp going to the rear wheels courtesy of its ZF four-speed automatic slushbox, the one-off Curara made its public debut at the Paris Motor Show. Ivanov wanted it to drive like a real sports car, so he had the car fitted with a short suspension and the power steering came straight out of a 3 Series.

BMW 750

Its burgundy leather interior was ordered especially from the UK. Following the show, the Curara was bought for around $160,000 from some guy in Spain, and then it disappeared for about a decade. Not so long ago, it turned up at a classic car auction in Germany.

BMW 750

For some reason, its latest owner stuck on BMW badges front and rear, probably hoping that someone would be foolish enough to believe it’s a BMW 507 or even a Z8. Nice try, but the guy’s fooling no one. The Curara was sold for 145,000 euros, however. By: Carbuzz

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