Some millionaires decorate their mansions with rare paintings. Richard Moriarty bolted a 1974 Lamborghini to the wall of his Newport Beach estate early Friday.
Because Home Depot doesn’t sell kits to hang cars as artwork, Moriarty hired a 70-ton crane to lower the Italian sports car through a skylight in his living room.
“I have a Lamborghini and I’ve got a big wall,” he said.
Moriarty bought the car 10 years ago, paying a collector $60,000. But the upkeep was a nightmare. The gas tank had rust damage, and the engine kept stalling.
“I got tired of having it towed,” he said.
On Friday, the sleek black Countach — license plate “FAASST” — was officially retired.
As Moriarty’s fiancee, auto mechanic, architect and several friends snapped photos with cellphones and cameras, the car was hoisted 60 feet in the air by the crane.
Then a five-man crew maneuvered the 1,000-pound, engineless vehicle through the skylight and hung it from a steel-reinforced wall with loops of half-inch-thick steel cable.
“It’s a beautiful piece of art,” Joiner said.
But Moriarty, in flip-flops, shorts and a T-shirt, wasn’t quite satisfied.
“I want to stencil some tire marks on the wall,” he said. “Seriously.”
Source: LA Times