2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Concept S
Sold for $1,320,000 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
The Lamborghini Concept S was first introduced as a non-running design study at
Geneva in 2005. It was conceived of by then-head of design Luc Donckerwolke at
Centro Stile Lamborghini, and introduced as an extreme interpretation of an open-top
spyder version of the Gallardo. Mr. Donckerwolke gave the Concept S a modern
rendition of the classic single-seater racing car, albeit with twin cockpits side-by-side.
After the Concept S received significant public interest at the Geneva Motor Show, the
decision was made to build a functional version. The initial prototype model remains at
the Lamborghini museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
This particular example is a fully operable Concept S, which was based on the Gallardo
platform. It made its public debut at the Concorso Italiano. It had several different design
elements including the re-designed so-called ‘saute-vent’ windscreens which were
lowered for homologation reasons. These screens visually divide the cabin into two
distinct compartments, along with providing the car with a futuristic and aggressive look.
It also severed as an additional air inlet for the 520 horsepower V10 engine, which is
positioned behind the occupants. The aerodynamics of the Concept S were further
optimized by the use of front and rear spoilers and a large rear diffuser.
The Concept S was initially intended for production, then decided to produce a limited
run of 100 examples for favored customers. However, the exceedingly high cost and
time-consuming production of the Concept S ultimately ended with the first example
also being the last.
Since that time, the one-off, production-ready Lamborghini was sold into private hands,
then invited back by Lamborghini to be shown around the world. It has even been
shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on two occasions (in 2006 on the
concept lawn and then, again at the behest of Lamborghini, it was invited back to the
main lawn two years later in 2008.)
This fully operable and street-legal Concept S has only been driven 180 kilometers.
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