Two of Ken Okuyama's rare rebodied supercars are up for sale.
"Exotic" and "exclusive" are highly relative terms. Almost any Ferrari or Lamborghini, for example, would be exotic and exclusive enough for most of us – produced as they are in the hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands (at most), where more "ordinary" cars are cranked out by the hundreds of thousands and even millions.
So what do you do when you're a gazillionaire for whom even Maranello and Sant'Agata's exotics are too run-of-the-mill? You get something like Kode0 or Kode57, rare examples of which have come up for sale on the open market.
These super-rare supercars are the work of one Ken Okuyama, with whose work you may be more familiar than his name. As creative director at Pininfarina, the Japanese design penned more modern Ferraris and Maseratis than we'd care to count – including the Enzo, the fifth-generation Quattroporte, and one-offs like the Birdcage concept and Jim Glickenhaus' P4/5. He also helped style the fourth-gen Chevy Camaro while working for GM's Advanced Concepts Center and the 996-series Porsche 911 and Boxster when he was at Porsche. But the vehicles he's styled under his own Ken Okuyama Design label have been some of his most outlandish.
The red Kode57 Enji debuted at Pebble Beach 2016, ostensibly based on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (which Okuyama designed in the first place), but rebodied as an open-cockpit tribute to the iconic 250 Testa Rossa, with dramatic rear-hinged butterfly doors and 6.0-liter V12 retuned by Novitec to deliver 700 horsepower.
No less dramatic is the silver Kode0 revealed the following year, based on the Lamborghini Aventador but with lighter and even more edgy bodywork and a 6.5-liter V12 similarly augmented to 690 hp. Only a handful of each were ever produced, and examples of both are currently listed for sale on JamesEdition with prices undisclosed but sure to amount in the millions.