You didn’t know that Malaysia produced automobiles did you? Well, they do and to be quite honest, I think they’re pretty damn horrific. Bufori is the company I speak of, and momma mia’ if they don’t produced some ugly-ass automobiles. Their tag line reads: “Statement of Pride”, but what I’m seeing doesn’t relay that message.
In my opinion, their latest creation, the La JOYA is a mess as it looks like a parts bin car. Take one part Morgan, two parts Stutz Blackhawk then throw in a Chrysler V6 to finish off the project. It looks like an amateur design study and a poor one at that. The engine, a Chrysler V6, is mid-mounted just ahead of the rear axle and produces 172 hp. The gauges, instruments and steering wheel are Chrysler products. The steering wheel for example was lifted out of a Plymouth Prowler, the gauges from a Chrysler 300C and the V6… well that’s found in just about everything Chrysler produces nowadays.
I did some searching and found that the Discovery Channel actually did a little documentary on Bufori, the results of which are quite surprising. For instance each car is made to individual owner specifications. If you’re tall, then guess what, the frame of the car will be stretched so that the new owner fits comfortably in the cockpit. This means that every car produced has a custom wheelbase. Obviously since each car is made to the exact specifications of the owner, the wait time for one is quite extensive, up to one year in some cases with claims of 900 man hours going into each car.
It seems that all the right ideas for producing a high end automobile are there. The implementation however is something I simply don’t know about. I mean how do you conduct safety tests on a car that keeps changing? How do you supply performance statistics and or general information? I honestly don’t think you can. Obviously since the cars are built in Malaysia they don’t have to go through the rigors of safety that other imports go through. I can tell you though that if given the opportunity, this is one car that I don’t think I’d like to get behind the wheel of.