Italian coachbuilder Ares Design has unveiled its latest project, which marries the underpinnings of the modern Lamborghini Huracan with styling inspired by the classic De Tomaso Pantera.

It is called Project Panther, and will enter production in 2018 at the company’s new Modena factory. Placed under the ‘Bespoke Creations’ service, the Panther will be built in very limited numbers, which isn’t surprising given the complex nature of commissioned builds.

The reimagined bodywork you see here is the work of Ares Design’s in-house design team, led by Mihai Panatescu, and retains elements of the Ghia-designed original (pictured below). Modern touches include LED daytime running lights for the pop-up headlights, strongly tapered lines and what is likely functional aerodynamics.

Elsewhere, the large, carbon-fibre engine cover meets up with the car’s grated taillights, while the lower apron accommodates the quad tailpipe setup. A set of Pirelli P Zero tyres with Formula 1-esque coloured strips are also found here here.

As mentioned at the start, the Huracan will be used as the Panther’s base, including the mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine paired with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive system. Performance figures are non-existent for now, and will likely be provided at a later date.

“We started Ares three years ago with unprecedented demand to work on the personalisation of clients’ cars, and have satisfied well over 200 customers with unique interiors, exterior design elements, bodywork engineering and performance upgrades,” said Dany Bahar, founder and CEO of Ares Design. Remember him?

“Our new facility in Modena works perfectly for the growing market of special requests from car enthusiasts and Project Panther is the first of a portfolio of cars – and other surprises – that we will be presenting at an official opening in January,” he added.

According to the company, a series of images of the Panther have already been shown in private to clients, enough for a number of them to place their deposits. Official sales of the model will begin in the second half of 2018, with prices likely well beyond the reach of most people.