There’s a growing trend in these homegrown sports cars. They combine modern performance with the drivability harkening back to a time when driver engagement was an absolute must. No assistive technology here to interfere with what you want the car to do.
The Lucra LC470 is no different, combining the looks of a European cabriolet and some serious American muscle under the hood. In fact, it’s no surprise the car looks the way it does. Luke Richards, Lucra’s mastermind, is from Southern California, but grew up in England. We think he’s pegged an excellent mold between classic lines and decidedly American cruiser looks.
Under the hood is all LS power, though. An LS3 sits as the prime component for the pure driving experience, pushing 450 hp through a Tremec five-speed manual gearbox. The car also weighs 2,000 pounds, so prepare for thrusts VTEC wishes it could achieve.
Underneath, more various GM parts don the Lucra with suspension links from a C4 Corvette, C6 electric door handles and a fuel pump regulator from a Silverado 1500. It sounds like a mashup, but AutoBlog writes how it fits seamless into a tidy package, especially with the handcrafted interior.
The interior provides stitched leather everywhere in an eye-appealing diamond pattern, with AutoBlog reporting a well placed driving position and comfortable seats. The minimalist interior is simply great to look at, including custom gauges and toggle switches reminding us of cars from yesteryear.
At the end of driving time, it seems the Lucra LC470 checks all the right boxes for someone wanting a vehicle to command their attention all of the time. This isn’t a car you can just jump into. It takes time and finesse to unlock the potential and lovability it offers. But isn’t that what driving is truly all about?