Just a dozen examples will be built.
With our streets filled with unimaginative, anonymous crossover utility vehicles, you could be forgiven for concluding that good automotive design is all but a lost art in the 21st century.
Thankfully, though, you'd be wrong.
Say hello to the Ares Design Wami Lalique Spyder - a vintage-looking roadster so breathtakingly pretty we can scarcely believe it originated in this century. Lalique is a French crystal maker, and the company is serving as a partner for the project, producing a number of crystal embellishments for the limited run of 12 examples that Ares plans to build.
The car isn't entirely dissimilar to the classic Maserati-inspired Project Wami concept that Ares showed off back in 2018, which itself was styled after the striking coachbuilt 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Pietro Frua. But rather than rely on the previous century's conventional car building materials, the Wami Lalique Spyder will be formed from carbon fiber and hand-formed aluminum, paying homage to the Italian sports car production techniques of yesteryear while at the same time incorporating space-age lightweight materials.
Inside, the cockpit will be trimmed head-to-toe in leather, save for features like the English oak instrument panel with its vintage-looking white-on-black gauges and the brushed metal dash applique. Bespoke Lalique French crystal adornments will be scattered throughout, most notably on the door skins, each of which features a constellation of shining gemstones.
"As work progresses, we can now begin to truly appreciate what a beautiful and unique car we are co-creating with our partner Lalique," says Ares Design co-founder Dany Bahar. "It is unlike anything we have produced before. The Wami Lalique Spyder will be a joy to own - the ultimate luxury accessory."
For now, Ares Design is keeping quiet on questions like what will motivate the limited-run Wami Lalique Spyder, although we're hopeful the company will manage to get its hands on a dozen Ferrari-built 4.7-liter V8s like the one used in the last Maserati GranTurismo. Whatever this special car ends up using for power, it's hard not to get hung up on what appears to be a proper gated manual shifter between the seats in a few of Ares's promotional photos. For a car this stunning, nothing less would do.