Ares Design Wami Lalique Spyder is a bejewelled throwback to the 1950s

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Modena styling house and coachbuilder Ares Design has turned back the clock with its latest model. The unusually-titled Wami Lalique Spyder harks back to the iconic sports cars of La Dolce Vita.

Just picture yourself cruising along the riviera, top-down, couture sunglasses reflecting the azure skies above, your partner’s radiance reflected in the crystals that adorn the car’s bejazzled interior. Yes, crystals. In collaboration with French jeweler Lalique, these handmade glass ornaments festoon the doors in a nod to the Art Nouveau movement, while the dash is of English oak.

Externally the Spyder has classic proportions: a long hood, steeply-raked windscreen, and even a boattail rear end. The curvaceous front, with its hood scoop, round headlamps and chunky grille could easily belong to a ’50s’ Ferrari or Maserati. Sitting on center-lock wire wheels with whitewall tires, and with plentiful chrome detailing from the mirrors and roll hoops to the gill-like air vents it all comes together rather beautifully.

The Wami Lalique Spyder follow Ares Design Panther Progettouno (a Pantera reborn out of a Lamborghini Huracàn) and the C8 Corvette-based S1 Project, alongside bespoke Land Rovers and Bentleys. Just 12 Spyders are to be built and Ares hasn’t revealed what donor car will lie beneath the classic bodywork.

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