I’m especially partial to 60s and 70s era automotive design. The DeTomaso Mangusta, Lotus Esprit, Maserati Ghibli, C3 Stingray Corvette, and the legendary Lancia Stratos were some of the best looking cars ever made. The Stratos, in particular, is one of those special cars – in addition to being beautiful, it won rally championships all throughout the 70s, and there were less than 500 ever made. All of which adds to the mystique that the Stratos has, making it one of the must-have cars for ultra high-end collectors. That makes this Daily Fail all the more painful.
Yes, that picture at the top is one of the few remaining Lancia Stratos’, covered in Muv-Luv anime nonsense. The owner of that Stratos also owns a Lamborghini Gallardo, and it’s similarly defiled. Sigh.
Itasha is a Japanese fad consisting of guys decorating their cars with paint schemes and decals of anime, magna, and video game characters, usually half naked girl characters. The word literally means “painful car”, but it’s also a pun or a reference to the Italian sportscars that these guys decorate (Ita-/Italian).
The owner of this Stratos and Gallardo is Age Soft chairman Yoshida-san. He made his fortune selling hentai and eroge games such as Muv-Luv. Still, it doesn’t excuse his defilement of that automotive beauty. Let’s hope this is one Japanese trend that stays in Japan and dies a quick fad death.