As the Italian Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to build not only tractors, but also the sports cars, the brand Lamborghini has created a number of very unusual concepts. Can they be covered under a motor trade insurance policy? Unlikely. As i4mt says, “These cars are so rare, there usually just isn’t a mainstream underwriting option available for them.”
We will talk about them today. Many are collector’s items, unlikely to ever be seen on the road. Instead, they lie in pristine condition in garages across the country, ready to be taken to car shows and photographed. Custom fit car covers keep the paintwork clean and shiny, with some being kept so well that their original paintwork is still glossy today. Let’s take a look:
Lamborghini 350 GTV (1963)
The first ever Lamborghini car. The prototype was developed very quickly for the Turin Motor Show in 1963, and the engine did not have time to build, and therefore … bricks lay in the engine compartment of the compartment for weighting. But the visitors of the car dealership did not notice this. Designed by Giorgio Prevedi, commissioned by Ferruccio Lamborghini, the car became the vision of the “right” sports car as opposed to Ferrari, which Ferruccio considered imperfect. Subsequently, the concept car became the basis for the production model of the Lamborghini 350 GT.
Lamborghini 400 GT Monza (1966)
The production model Lamborghini 400 GT was a logical continuation of Lamborghini’s first-born 350 GT and outwardly resembled the first prototype of the 350 GTV. But in 1966, designers Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini, on their own initiative, built their own version of the body on the 400 GT chassis. The car, originally called the 400 GT Neri & Bonacini, was shown at the Barcelona Auto Show and sold to an independent buyer. It was found again only in 1996 in a random garage, restored and sold for 160,000 pounds at Bonhams auction.
Lamborghini Marzal (1967)
The company’s first full-fledged four-seater concept car developed by Bertone. It was, in fact, a demonstrator of a new concept. The car has survived to this day and was sold at auction for $ 2 million several years ago.
Lamborghini Bravo (1974)
In 1974, the collaboration between Lamborghini and Bertone ended in success – the most successful future supercar of the company, the Lamborghini Countach, went into series production, which turned the whole world of sports car design. In the same year, another Bertone design concept car, the Bravo, was shown in Turin. The car with a 300-horsepower engine passed more than 270,000 (!) Kilometers during tests and served as the technical basis for many subsequent developments of the company.
Lamborghini Cheetah (1977)
The first SUV of the company – we have already written the whole material of 10 SUVs of the Lamborghini company. The Cheetah was developed in collaboration with Mobility Technology International (MTI) as an attempt to win a US Army contract. As you might guess, the tender was eventually won by the legendary Humvee, and the Cheetah formed the basis for the serial LM002 SUV.
Lamborghini Athon (1980)
Futuristic concept car from Bertone on the chassis of a mid-1970s small-scale Lamborghini Silhouette. The show car is now in the Bertone Museum.
Lamborghini Portofino (1987)
A car designed for Lamborghini by Chrysler chief designer Kevin Verdine. The car essentially became a hybrid of an Italian sports car and a utilitarian “American”, even the emblems of the two companies were stylistically inscribed one into the other on the hood. Lambo doors (or guillotine type doors, as they sometimes say) became an unusual technical solution, all four, and the rear ones with rear hinges.
Lamborghini Raptor (1996)
Aggressive concept car designed by Zagato, powered by a 12-cylinder 496-horsepower Diablo engine. At the time of the appearance of the car, it was announced that this was a pre-production sample, but the Raptor remained in a single copy.
Lamborghini Estoque (2008)
Not a very successful attempt to develop a four-door “family” sedan, naturally of the highest class. It was assumed that the car equipped with a 10-cylinder 5.2-liter engine would cost about $ 230,000, but marketing research showed that no one expects this class of car from Lamborghini, and the Estoque production program was curtailed.
Lamborghini Egoista (2013)
Single, as you might guess from the name, a supercar shown on the company’s 50th anniversary and, according to designer Walter de Silva, elevating selfishness to an extreme stage. The car has no doors; for access inside, the cockpit cap is folded back.
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