RM Sotheby’s is now putting this one-of-a-kind Lamborghini on auction in New York city this November with prices estimated to be between $2.4 million to $3 million (RM 9,137,280 to RM 11,421,600).
Penned by Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghini’s former head of design, the Concept S was initially made as a non-running design study at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show for an extreme illustration of an open-top Lamborghini Gallardo. However, the initial car was merely all show and no go.
Strong interest from the public prompted Lamborghini to produce a fully-functional version a year later to gauge potential customer demand, and it was presented at the Concorso Italiano.
Appropriate words that can be used to describe it include exotic, show-stopper, attention-grabbing, rare, and stunning. Harping back to the single-seat roadsters of the past, this modern interpretation utilises a ‘saute-vent’ instead of a traditional windscreen, and divides the interior into two compartments with the bodywork continuing between the seats, serving as an air inlet for the engine, a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V10 taken from the Gallardo.
If you’re wondering where the rear-view mirror is, look closely at the “partition” between the two interiors and you’ll spot an electronically retractable one which is hidden when not in use.
This example is a production-ready, one-off Lamborghini with the chassis number 001 (ZHWGE32T86LA00001) and is fully operable and street-legal. With only 180km on the clock, it’s also very much unused, serving more as a showpiece at events around the world.