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This Woman Didn’t Know What Her Grandma Was Hiding in the Garage Until She Lifted the Hood

This Woman Didn’t Know What Her Grandma Was Hiding in the Garage Until She Lifted the Hood January 15, 2021Leave a comment

Grandparents are a source of great joy and comfort, but they can also be a source of great sorrow when they pass away. Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when one has to rummage through their things and decide what to keep, what to sell and what to toss.

But one U.S. student discovered something interesting in her grandma’s garage that left her floored. The find was discovered under an old sheet, where it had been left untouched for years. And when the student made her discovery, everyone suddenly wanted a piece of it.

It Lurked in the Garage for Years

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For twenty years, they had remained hidden from the world, waiting for the day that someone would come find them in the garage where they had been left so long ago. But it wasn’t a hostage or some supernatural creature.

She Felt like an Archaeologist

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When a Reddit user named u/eriegin went into her grandmother’s garage, she felt like an archaeologist who had found the discovery of the century. But what was hidden there? Was it a treasure chest or the Lost Ark?

There Was a Reason She Avoided the Garage

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Some people fall in love with cars from an early age and sit in the front seat and pretend like they’re driving. Ironically, this was not eriegin’s case. While she had nothing against cars, she was not a huge car enthusiast so she had no reason to visit the garage. And yet in one particular instance she did, but was it a mistake she would live to regret?

She Walked Into the Garage

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As soon as she walked into the garage, she felt this eerie sensation that she was not alone and indeed she wasn’t. There was not one but two things in there waiting to be discovered and she was about to meet more than she could handle.

There Was So Much Dust

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She was overwhelmed by dust the moment she opened the garage door. It’s clear that her grandmother hadn’t aired the garage in quite a while or cleaned up. But that’s not surprising given that this used to be more of her grandfather’s place. Now it was less of a garage and more of a junkyard. But not everything in here was junk.

There Was so Much Junk

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It was obvious that no one had been in here for years, and she never expected to find anything of value in there given that there was so much junk and dust. And yet, she was about to discover just how wrong she was.

Something Was Hiding Under the Sheets

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Right in front of her were two things covered by huge, dusty sheets. She had no idea what she was about to find. Maybe it was a collection of dusty boxes full of old magazines or newspaper. Had her grandfather been a hoarder?

She Couldn’t Put It Off Any Longer

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She had been hesitant to look under the sheet, but her curiosity had gotten the best of her. She decided she could no longer wait. So, she grabbed one of the sheets, pulled it off and gasped in total amazement.

She Had Found Something Worth Thousands

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Eriegin, who is a U.S. college student, stood there in awe at the sight of a 1981 Lamborghini Countach that was worth around $600,000. But that wasn’t the only discovery she had made in her grandmother’s garage.

There Was a Second Sheet in Her Midst

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Still reeling from her discovery of the Lamborghini, she decided to pull the sheet from the other object. What would she find under the second sheet? Would it reveal something more valuable than the first?

It Paled In Comparison to the Lambo

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As soon as she tore away just a bit of the protective shielding, she could tell that this car was in worse condition than the first. The car had obviously seen better days, but it still seemed to be an impressive model nonetheless.

The Hood Was Bright Red

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With just a bit of the car revealed, it was obvious at least that this car was another pricy model. Although the paint job was faded and chipped, the exterior of the car seemed to be okay, although there were ultimately a few missing pieces.

She Made a Second Pricey Discovery

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She reached out and pulled the other sheet away and lo and behold, there was yet another 1980s sportscar. But this time, it wasn’t a Lamborghini. It was a Ferrari 308 worth about $300,000. But who owned these cars?

She Had a Lot of Questions

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These vehicles didn’t just magically transport themselves into the garage. They obviously belonged to someone, but the question was, who? And why did they abandon them here so that they would deteriorate?

She Shared a Photo Online

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After speaking with her grandmother, she discovered the vehicle’s origin story and decided to post the photo of the white Lamborghini on Reddit. And on the caption, she wrote: “Despite the rust and dust, grandma's 1981 Lamborghini Countach is the coolest.” And netizens went nuts!

Redditors Reacted to the News

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Reddit users were instantly intrigued by the Lamborghini and started asking questions like whether she could post more photos and why her grandmother even owned these sportscars. And she didn’t hold back on the explanation.

She Had No Clue

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The college student responded to everyone’s questions by explaining: “My late Grandpa bought it for his exotic car rental business in 1989, but after insurance costs became too high for him to operate the company, he kept the car (and many others including the Ferrari 308 in front of the Lambo) outside and in leaky garages for 20+ years instead of selling them. Don't ask me why, I have no clue.”

The Car's Condition Hurt Her Soul

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She also shared that “this kind of car abuse hurts my soul,” referring to the condition of the vehicles. But despite the state of the sportscars, she felt that the discovery was unique and that the vehicles were like pages to her grandfather’s past. But could she make money out of them?

She Was Broke

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Like most typical college students, she barely had a penny to her name, and yet, she had just found two vehicles worth a lot of money. But the cars weren’t in the greatest condition. What was she going to do?

She Was Clueless About Cars

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She didn’t know much about cars other than the fact that they needed oil and that they had a gas and a brake pedal. So, she had no clue when it came to what these sports cars needed to get on the road again. And time was running out.

She Hoped Someone Else Could Inherit Them

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She shared how she hoped that the cars could be passed on to someone else in the family, perhaps someone who knew more about cars than she did and could fully restore them. But her grandma had other plans.

Grams Wanted the Cars Gone

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On Reddit, she revealed that her grandmother was eager to get the vehicles out of her garage. But ironically, she hadn’t put the cars up for sale, and yet, she wasn’t entirely opposed to accepting an offer so long as it was a good one.

It Was More Rare Than Other Lamborghini Models

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While the Lamborghini resembled the Countach make, which was produced from 1974 to 1990, the car also had a few interesting features which were narrowed down to only the 1982 version of the automobile.

The Lamborghini is a Limited-Run Model

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The white Lamborghini looked quite similar to a special edition LP500 S without the rear wing. It’s said that only 321 of these were built and it was considered a limited-run model. But what is its top speed?

The LP500 S Has Some Major Horsepower

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If this was an LP500 S, then it most likely had a 4.8-liter V12 385 horsepower engine. And with a five-speed manual gearbox, this vehicle could reach 62 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 196 miles per hours.

The Car is An Impressive Sight

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The car also has wing doors, which rotate vertically rather than opening outwards like conventional doors. This feature accentuates just how close the driver sits to the ground.

It Had Many Luxurious Features

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The interior of the LP500 S was also given an update to include a more stylish dashboard, leather interiors, side sills and a center console. But what about the Ferrari?

The Ferrari 308 is a Fixer Upper

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The Ferrari 308 is a GTS Targa model, like the one seen on the 1980s TV series “Magnum, P.I.” Eriegin shared on Reddit that the Ferrari’s wheels were stolen years ago while it sat in a barn. So, anyone looking to restore the vehicle would have to find four wheels that match the look of the Ferrari. But what about the inside?

The Ferrari’s Interior is Worse

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The Ferrari 308’s exterior might not be everyone’s cup of tea given that it spent years collecting dust. But she admits that the inside has also fallen in a state of disarray after years of neglect. But she doesn’t regret finding them.

The Ferrari Had a Unique Claim to Fame

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Although the Ferrari 308 isn’t the fastest or most expensive car ever produced under the Ferrari name, it gained notoriety from the television series “Magnum, P.I.” which showcased ultra cool Tom Selleck as a private investigator who cruised around in the famous vehicle to solve crimes.

The Car Did Its Own Stunts

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The series ran from 1980 to 1988 and the car remained a constant presence throughout the show’s run. Its sharp angles were exciting for the time and inspired more trends that would follow in the 1980s. But, that isn’t the last time we’ve seen these famous cars.

The Lamborghini Is Famous in Its Own Right, Too

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The Lamborghini Countach was recently seen by movie-goers in the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which saw Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jordan Belfort driving the much envied car. The real life Belfort actually owned a Countach and he also had a Ferrari Testarossa in his garage.

It Was an Incredible Discovery

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Walking into the garage and discovering these two sports cars inside her grandmother’s garage was certainly an incredible discovery that could prove to be lucrative for this college student if she were to find someone willing to take the vehicles off her hands in exchange for what could be close to a million.

He Intended to Build His Own Lamborghini Countach

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Imhoff wanted to build a Lamborghini Countach from scratch. So, he set up camp in his basement and ventured out on a project that was a bit more challenging than he had anticipated. The process wound up costing lots of money, a few headaches, and plenty of time. Fortunately, he had tons of experience working with metal.

He Had Some Serious Engineering Skills

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Imhoff was a pro when it came to metal welding and engineering, but for the technical aspect of building a car, that skill wasn’t enough. It took a lot more to build such a powerful vehicle. Fortunately, he had one important skill and a place to work on his project.

A Wooden Scale Model Came First

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The wooden scale model was like the foundation that started the entire car building project on the right foot. Imhoff spent a year working with the wooden model and working his way from the back to the front of the car to get the shape of the aluminum body of the car.

He Chose the Basement Over the Garage

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He could have opted to work on his car in the garage but he felt that the basement would protect the vehicle from the harsh winter conditions in the area. This also meant that he could save some money by not having to use the heat in the garage since the basement was already warm.

He Built a Wooden Frame

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The project started in September 1990, but it took 17 years, not to mention thousands of dollars, to complete. Imhoff’s first step required him to use a 1:16 scale model to build himself a wooden frame. This helped him measure the shape of the car's body panels.

He Updated Fans Along the Way

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Imhoff tracked his building progress on his website, Bull in the Basement, while he was working on his car. On his blog he would describe each step of the building process in detail, showing that he had complete knowledge of every detail that was needed to build this car.

The Panels Were Formed By Hand

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With a little help from a forming tool called an English wheel, Imhoff was able to form the car’s panels by hand using aluminum, but it was time consuming. In fact, it took almost a year to create panels to cover the entire frame.

It Was a Major Hands-On Job

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The process of manipulating the metal into the shape of the vehicle was done by eye and feel. So even with the help of the English wheel, the process was incredibly complicated. The doors were more difficult, so he saved that job for last. But things didn’t always go as planned.

The Old School Car Was Formed By Hand

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The car, which Imhoff described as “eclectic” and “old school” utilized a forming tool called an English well, which was used to form the aluminum parts into complex curves. Imhoff started with the body of the car and saved harder to form pieces, like the doors, for last.

Each Wheel Took 10 Hours to Craft

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Imhoff really didn’t take any shortcuts in his building project. While working with a machinist, the wheels were built from thick aluminum. Each wheel took 10 hours of machining to complete and once they were the right shape, they were finished with a black powder coat to give them a sleek look.

He Was Proud of His Work

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On his now-defunct website, Bull in the Basement, Imhoff shared how proud he was of the work he had accomplished on the chassis, aluminum body, as well as the inner workings of the vehicle like the muffler. But unlike most cars, this Lamborghini needed not one but two special engine parts.

He Needed Radiators to Keep the Car Cool

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Sportscars tend to heat up fairly quickly, so Imhoff had to install two radiators to keep the engine cool. He placed one on each side of the vehicle so that air from the side scoops would enter them easily. But the bodywork of the car was a lot of work, too.

Multiple Layers of Bodywork Were Needed

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Before he could paint the vehicle, Imhoff had to start by applying self-etching primer. Then he sealed it with an epoxy primer. He applied another layer of epoxy primer after the custom body work was completed and then he added a high-build primer to finish the job.

It Was Starting to Look like His Dream Car

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Although the outer panels and wheels had not been added to the skeletal framework, Imhoff was already seeing his Lamborghini Countach taking shape right before his eyes. But he still needed to add some very important components. Still, the excitement was eating away at him.

This Project Started Many Years Before

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Imhoff first got the opportunity to take the measurements of his dream car when a friend who worked at a dealership let him have some up close and personal time with the Lamborghini while the managers of the dealership were on lunch. And it was on that day that Imhoff’s building journey started…

The Measurements Were the First Step

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Imhoff described this day as one of the most important steps in his car building journey, because before then he had loved photos and models of cars, but he hadn’t been close enough to measure a sports car of that caliber before. 

He Had to Work Quickly in the Dealership

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Imhoff took over 100 measurements of the car that day, paying close attention to the unique measurements of the doors, windows and handles of each door. And that information would prove to be very valuable over the next 17 years as Imhoff set to work on his car.

He Needed Professional Help

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After adding a fuel cell, the break lines and pedals, Imhoff transported each of the 33 shell pieces back and forth to an off-site booth to have a professional paint them. Since he could only do one piece at a time, the entire process took 25 hours. But Dale, a friend who was helping him with his project, had an even rougher job.

A Machinist Lent Him a Hand

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Imhoff handed the blueprints of the car to his machinist friend, Dale, who spent 10 hours turning the two-inch-thick metal sheet into its completed form. But there was still much more tweaking to do on the car before it was completed.

Other Components Were Installed

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After the body of the car was sealed, more components were installed including fuel cells, pedals, brake lines and wiring. Imhoff also had to make sure during this step that the doors of the car would be able to open and close securely, otherwise he might have to start his building process from the beginning.

The Task Was Never Really Finished

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Even after the car was excavated, there was more work to be done, including getting tires installed on the car and more work on the engine itself. But, Imhoff said of the experience, “The task is never finished really. There is always something new that can be improved on. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 

He Still Had Work to Do Before He Could Drive It

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Imhoff reinforced the rear carriers and fixed a couple of other issues such as the leaking coolant. Then he replaced the spark plugs and improved the engine’s performance. But when the car was finally finished, he ran into a major snag.

They Had to Excavate the Car Out of the Basement

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After 17 years, Imhoff was finally finished with the project in 2008, but there was one major issue. The car was trapped in the basement, so he hired an excavator to break the wall. The process took 90 minutes, and at the end of it he finally had a way to get the car out of the house and do what he had been dreaming about doing for years.

His Father Helped Start the Engine

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Imhoff’s father, who helped start his son’s love of cars, came out to see the completed project and help his son wire the car’s engine so it would start. And in this moment, Ken and his father felt the satisfaction of a job well done because the car nearly shook them to their cores.

The Engine Was Ready to Start

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Imhoff was surprised by not only the fact that the car was running as intended after being built solely in a basement, but by how loud and booming it sounded. Speaking to Miller Welders, he said, “I thought it blew up, it was so loud.”

Practically Everything Was Handmade

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Just about every component of the vehicle had been handmade by Imhoff with just a little help from his friends. Even the Lamborghini doors, which open by lifting them up not by pulling them, were handmade by Imhoff.

He Shared His Expertise 

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Not only was Imhoff an inspiration to his community, but his car was something to marvel at. So, he allowed people to marvel as much as they wanted by taking the vehicle to car shows and conventions for a few months after the project was complete.

People Marveled at His Car

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While the car was being shown, Imhoff would take to the stage to speak about his feat of engineering and the perseverance it took to complete such a daunting task. He and his wife Eileen talked to newspapers, radio stations and other audiences about how building this car changed their lives.

His Wife Lent a Hand with the Car, Too

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Ken’s wife Eileen was also a great helper in making the car a reality. While they were still dating, Eileen lent Ken money to buy a transmission and Ken started work on the Lamborghini just after the couple’s honeymoon, proving that a love of cars is in both of their hearts.

He Didn’t Want to Continue to Maintain the Vehicle

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While some people might think that it’s crazy to sell the car that Imhoff spent so many years painstakingly building, he didn’t think it was so strange. He didn’t want to keep up with the mounting costs of maintaining the vehicle and now that it no longer fit in the basement, he would have had to put an addition on his garage to store it.

In 17 Years, a Lot Changed in His Life

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The building of the car also culminated with many pivotal moments in Imhoff’s life. When he first started building the car, he spent so many countless hours in the basement that he started to strain his relationship with his family. 

The Car Became a Symbol of Perseverance

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Imhoff, who underwent treatment for stage 4 cancer in 2014, initially put the car up for sale on eBay, but a Wisconsin pastor named Doug Redford changed his mind and convinced him to take what he had created on the road as a ministry tool to represent a message of faith, family, and most importantly, perseverance.

He Learned that Family Comes First

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After his wife pleaded with him, Imhoff began to spend more time away from his project and more time with his family, which proved to be the right choice. And that’s why the project took so many years to finish. But Imhoff wasn’t the only person working on the car.

His Kids Helped Out, Too

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Imhoff’s wife also assisted him in building the car because it took many hands to lift some heavy pieces of machinery. By the time Ken’s kids got old enough, they were able to assist their father too.

His Daughter Gave Him a Scare

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And Imhoff had many moments of realization while making this car, like when his daughter got sick and was nearly paralyzed. After she recovered, Imhoff realized that his family was a lot more important than any car.

The Car Was Like an Emotional Scar

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In the end, Imhoff decided to part ways with his car for good because it reminded him of all of the turmoil he went through in all of the years it took him to build it. In 2014, he said, “It was a scar I was wearing in my heart. Every time I looked at it, it reminded me of who I used to be.”

The Car Wasn’t a Priority

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Imhoff was reminded of his life’s priorities while he was building the car and he liked to use it as a symbol to teach other people to do the same in their lives. Because in the end some great things can be built once you figure those things out. 

He Sold the Vehicle, Anyway

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Despite all the years he spent working on the vehicle and Pastor Reford’s advice, the Lamborghini Countach was eventually sold to a new owner in Miami in September 2016. There’s no word on whether Imhoff’s health improved, but his project remains a symbol of perseverance for seeing the project through to the end.

The Love of Cars Was Passed to Another Generation

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It was Imhoff’s father’s love of cars that originally started Ken on a path of building this car and it was his wife and children that actually helped him physically build the vehicle, proving to Imhoff that family was the most important thing to him.

He Still Loves All Things Cars

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Just because Imhoff sold his incredible vehicle, doesn’t mean he has lost his love of everything that runs on four wheels. He still keeps himself occupied by modifying cars and viewing sports cars, just like the one that first sparked his interest as a child. 

Attention Came With a Few Unexpected Costs

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Of course, this story wasn’t one that people ignored, but with the added attention came some unseen circumstances. For instance, with many more people visiting Imhoff’s website, he soon had to ask for donations to pay mounting internet service costs.

He Couldn't Keep Up With His Blog

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Because his website was just a hobby of his, Imhoff couldn’t justify paying over $900 a month instead of the usual $8 a month to keep the site online. But even though his website and blog is no longer live, people all over the world still hear about his magnificent car.

Donations Did Come In

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Through videos and articles, Imhoff will forever be known for his terrific feat of manufacturing. But the public reaction was something that Imhoff never envisioned for himself and the public outreach to his request for donations was enough to keep the site online for a while.

The Lambo Doesn't Make the Man

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People might expect that a man with a Lamborghini in his garage would be able to pay any price for luxuries straight out of his pocket. But this story really proves that its determination and hard work that will win people the finer things in life.

Imhoff Isn't the Only Garage Carmaker

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And Ken Imhoff isn’t the only person who has made a luxury vehicle without the help of large factories or manufacturers. But not all of them have been well received…

This Handmade Mod Job

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When this car was posted onto the site Reddit, it was uploaded with the caption, “Every inch tells a story of desperate creativity limited by actual ability.” Ouch. But some people had some nice words about the strange vehicle.

"Like a Muppet Version of a Car"

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Another Reddit user who viewed this car maker’s attempt at something incredible commented, “It’s so lumpy and endearing though. Like a muppet version of a car.” Underneath all of that tape there’s actually a Pontiac Fiero.

This is Actually a Honda

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This car is another reasonably priced car masquerading as a luxury vehicle. Its owner took a four-door Honda Accord and attempted to transform it into a Lamborghini Aventador, but true car fans can recognize the difference. 

It Can't Fool Experts

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This car was built by a company called Executive Modcar Trendz and while it may fool some people who see it drive by, other people more well versed in cars notice that its proportions, including a high roof and extreme engine cover angel, are noticeably off. 

This Car is In the Middle of a Makeover

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This car modification in work is a sight to behold. While transforming the exterior of a normal pickup truck into a vintage Cadillac, its owner decided to drive it down to the gas station to fill up the fuel tank. And while they did, they probably got many confused looks.

An Offroad Beetle

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Maybe this car is the best of both worlds. A compact vehicle that fits into any parking spot and has great mileage, and an off-road vehicle that can take on tough terrain. Hopefully it’s fun to drive, because it’s really an eyesore.

Who’s Up For a Race?

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Anyone who has watched “Inspector Gadget” has wondered what it would be like to have a car that looks like this, but the funny thing is that all of these features together won’t increase your car’s speed by much.

C-3PO Wants His Car Back

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This tricked out golden wrapped Chevy isn’t for the faint of heart. What this car has in looks it certainly looses in drivability. Those wheels must be tough to turn and might scratch the gold wrap right off of the car.

Who Needs LED Headlights?

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This car modification is surely not legal to drive with, but it is sure to catch anyone’s eye at car shows and festivals. These chandeliers probably look odd swinging around as soon as this car picks up speeds of over five miles per hour. 

The World’s Longest Truck

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This long truck certainly doesn’t prioritize making easy turns. The wheelbase on this truck is over 204 inches, which is the longest available for this model. And, if it wasn’t hard enough to drive already, it’s a manual transmission. 

Does This Car Have Gills?

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When this car was found in the wild, the first thing the person who took this photo thought was, “I don’t know what’s worse, the gloss paint job or the lateral air intakes that look like fish gills.” Another commenter added that the lateral vents “[double] as a rust accelerator as it will collect dirt and water in there.”

Does This Even Work?

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When the person who posted this on Reddit snapped this photo, they simply asked, “does that even work?” The answer may very well be yes, but is it worth it to have to bear the stares of every other person working with a normal plow?

A Long, Long Cadillac

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This is what it would look like if a Cadillac could stretch to twice its normal length. The tail fins and paint job are eye catching, but if it’s a front wheel drive, it’ll be hard to pull the weight of the exterior of this long car for too long.

VW Beetle Truck

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The paint job and rust on this classic car aren’t the only reasons why this vehicle is such an eyesore. The storage area in the back is alarming at first sight, but hopefully its driver gets some good use out of it.  

Pink Monstrosity 

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This car might have been inspired by the Japanese style Bosozoku, but its possibly a bit too tame of a modification to fit in with other cars of that style. The front attachment, hilariously dubbed a “speed bump finder” will make sure that any driver is keeping their distance from the car ahead of them.

Compact Camouflage 

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This small car doesn’t do a lot to instill fear in anyone who might get in its path. The tank-inspired exterior and wheels are neat, but this seems like a car built for a little green plastic Army man.

Duct Tape Paint Job

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Don’t have money for a chrome wrap for your car? Can’t even afford any car paint or the time it would take to do it yourself? That’s where duct tape can come in handy. Simply buy a couple rolls, cover your car in the tape and hope that nobody tries to pick at your car.

Mini Cooper or Corvette?

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It looks like this Mini Cooper is trying to disguise itself as another car. Nothing can distract from the fact that it is and always will look exactly like a Mini Cooper, but this at least seems like the owner of the car is having some fun with their vehicle.

Droids on Board

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This car modification is only cool if you’re a fan of “Star Wars.” The robot in back looks like it was directly inspired by R2-D2’s successor BB-8, but no one wants to be stuck in traffic behind the guy whose back windshield is permanently obstructed.

More Wheels Don’t Make You Go Faster

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You wouldn’t want to get stuck at a red light next to this car. Its massive six wheels don’t distract from the fact that the body of this car seems like it could fall at the drop of a hat. 

Better Than a Model T

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To get that truly vintage feel for your new car, you’ll need to take some ideas from the turn of the century. Wooden wheels won’t help you drive faster or steer any better, but they’ll really make your new SUV drive like a horse carriage.

Faux-rrari

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This car was made to look like a Ferrari F40, an incredible car in its own right. But, something about this is… off. It could be its boxy structure or the fact that it just looks like a Pontiac dressing up for Halloween, but its obvious that this isn’t the real deal.

Is it One of the Rarest in the World?

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The Ferrari F40 was only produced in LHD (left-hand drive), but after a special request from the Sultan of Brunei, seven were produced with RHD, making that model of F40’s the rarest Ferraris ever produced. The car above, of course, isn’t one of them.

Transformers, Pontiac In Disguise

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One of the special seven Ferrari F40’s made for the Sultan went on the market for about $80 million because of its scarcity, but something tells me that the car above would sell for much, much less.

You Almost Fooled Us

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This Pontiac in disguise doesn’t live up to the allure of an actual Ferrari F40, but it might get some envy around the cul-de-sac for being a truly out of the ordinary vehicle. There might not even be seven cars that look like this one in the world.

Other Luxury Cars Met Similar Fates

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This car is a Maserati Quattroporte, a four-door full-size luxury sports car which was first introduced in 1963.The vehicle was photographed after being abandoned in a river in the south of Israel. There are common flooding problems in the area, so the abandonment might have been a mistake, but it’s heartbreaking nonetheless. 

A Dusty Ferrari F50

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The F50 is a very popular model of Ferrari, but it’s also a rare find. Only 349 of these were ever produced and they were the last Ferraris to feature an F1 engine. This vehicle was found abandoned in Nigeria just sitting in a dirt field in very poor condition. 

A Smashed 1982 Delorean DMC-12

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The Delorean was a unique vehicle that has become more and more iconic over time because of its appearance in “Back to the Future.” This model was found in rough shape and although it no longer runs, the brakes are still in working condition.

A Moldy 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

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The owner of this vintage vehicle purchased the car in the early ‘60s and used it for the next 12 years before putting it into storage in 1975. It was completely forgotten afterwards and today it still exists in the same spot it was parked in all of those years ago, only now it has much more rust and greenery growing on it.

Lamborghini Diablo SE30

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This car was made in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Lamborghini brand in 1994. Only 150 units of the SE30 were made and this one was left to collect dust in a parking lot in Austria. Auto experts have noted that it has been parked for so long that its impressive V12 engine will need some serious maintenance to get driving again.

Blue Lamborghini Countach

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This Countach, similar to the one found in the Reddit user’s garage, was abandoned on a farm. Destined to now live out on the pastures, the unique vehicle has been deemed “unfixable” by some car fans, even though a Countach in good condition could fetch a couple hundred thousand dollars at auction.

Lamborghini Miura

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The Miura was produced from 1966 to 1973 and sadly, this specific vehicle only saw the light of day for a few years before it was put into a garage in 1988. It sat there until May of 2015, when it was found absolutely caked in dust. Thankfully, its interior damage wasn’t bad and it is now fully restored.