Japanese tuner Liberty Walk made waves at the Tokyo Auto Salon last year when it showed off a Ferrari F40 that had been slammed, chopped up and fitted with a widebody kit and other extreme styling modifications. Ferrari was apparently so mad that it removed that F40 from its official registry. Liberty Walk didn’t care — in fact, at last weekend’s TAS 2024 it doubled down, bringing the F40 back with a revised livery and also revealing a new Countach body kit.
Sitting alongside those two legit supercars at Liberty Walk’s Auto Salon stand was something a whole lot smaller and cuter. This is the Liberty Walk LB40, a comprehensive restyling kit for Mazda’s 1990s Autozam AZ-1 that transforms the mid-engined kei sports car into a shrunken-down Ferrari F40 lookalike. Normal F40s do nothing for me and never have — I’m much more of an F50 and Enzo guy — but this AZ-1 is brilliant.
Open the AZ-1's gullwing doors and you’ll see bright red Sparco bucket seats with racing harnesses and a Sparco racing wheel, though those items don’t seem to be a part of Liberty Walk’s kit. And the LB40 kit doesn’t actually include the headlights or taillights; you’ll have to add those yourself.
All in the LB40 kit will run you $22,660, which is about the same amount that a stock, already imported AZ-1 costs, and the forged wheels (16s up front and 17s in the rear) are an extra $14,300. But look at it this way — that’s quite literally millions of dollars cheaper than an actual Ferrari F40, for something much, much cooler and more unique. I better see one at Monterey Car Week this year.
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