There are many reasons one might buy a Ferrari 458: the looks, the sound, the performance, the feeling – or perhaps a combination of them all. The need for low-key transportation, however, probably isn’t one of them. And should you choose to modify your 458, then you’ve gone even further and thrown away any inkling of staying under the radar.
But if one of Liberty Walk’s radical wide body conversions is in your plans, well, you’ve committed to yourself to making a scene any place you go.
So it must be impossible then to use the word ‘understated’ to describe any Liberty Walk-equipped 458, right? Well, this black machine most certainly won’t be sneaking up on anyone, and will still break necks on the street. But as far as Italian exotics with Japanese wide body parts go, it’s actually a rather subtle creation.
The car is owned by Rob from Crooks & Castles – the same guy who owns the Mercedes-Benz wagon we featured at last year’s Offset Kings Long Beach show. For this year’s OK LB event however, he decided to bring out his freshly made-over 458.
The Ferrari had a massive swarm of people around it all day long – and for good reason. It’s absolutely sinister looking.
But unlike most of the Liberty Walk exotics we’ve seen, this one was devoid of any overt wrapping or logos, with Rob choosing to let the car’s aggressive lines and radical stance do the talking.
The wheel setup on this car is equally to important to its simple vibe – 20-inch BBS LMs all around with a serious amount of dish in the rear to fill out the Liberty Walk over-fenders. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still crazy, but crazy in a more sensible way – if that makes any sense?
While I doubt this unique take on the Liberty Walk look will win over any of those who think all exotics should be used to their full performance potential at all times, at the very least it helps shine a new light on things.
While I’ve always dug the boldness that comes with Liberty Walk cars, I’ve also felt they’re a bit too over the top to drive on the street regularly – but that just might be my introverted side speaking. This though, I can get behind 100 per cent.
What say you?