2005 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster LP 580 « Boîte mécanique »

Lot 14
Estimation :
320000 - 380000 EUR
Result with fees
Result : 363 800EUR
2005 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster LP 580 « Boîte mécanique »
"Extreme, offbeat and provocative, the Murcielago Roadster strictly adheres to the Lamborghini philosophy. And, to top it all off, its radical nature does not prevent it from being easy to handle." These were the words of Sport-Auto magazine's journalists after their September 2004 test of the latest addition to the Sant Agata Bolognese range. Beautiful and exuberant, the Lamborghini Murcielago roadster is undoubtedly one of the monuments of automotive haute couture. Derived from the coupe of the same name, it was presented in 2004 at the Geneva Motor Show and went on sale at the end of the year at the Paris Motor Show, where it stood alone on the Italian firm's stand. Thanks to its very elaborate design by Luc Donckerwolke, it retains sharp lines like those of a stealth aircraft, thus perpetuating the values specific to Lamborghini. The windscreen and side windows have a very low, straight roofline, allowing the bonnet to be easily opened, which then blends in perfectly with the roadster's lines, with the aerodynamic elements only being uncovered when necessary, either to cool the boiling V12 or to add downforce at high speeds. The engine cowling is also new, and when viewed from above, its shape is reminiscent of an aircraft wing. There are also new wheels and a new central dual exhaust with a larger cross-section than on the coupe. The model we present was sold new with the rare six-speed manual gearbox by the Lamborghini dealership in Stockholm, Sweden on May 25, 2007 in an Airplane Grey colour with optional full dark grey leather upholstery in place of the alcantara finish and optional anti-darkening mesh. Adding to the exclusivity of the model, the entire chassis truss is made of carbon instead of the standard steel finish. The carbon frame framing the engine is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship that deserves to be admired. Only 899 were produced worldwide, and it is estimated that only 2% of Murcielago roadsters were delivered with the mechanical gearbox − 18 examples! This roadster was then purchased by its second owner in France in January 2009 with 7,000 km on the clock. An attentive and meticulous collector, he took great care to always maintain it within the brand's workshop, including a preventive change of the clutch in May 2015 when the car had reached 27,293km. Presented ten years later at an auction at Aguttes, the car clocked up 28,200 km and was sold to a French collector who was ecstatic about the lines of this stealth aircraft! A check-up of the engine was carried out just after the purchase at Lamborghini Paris. Since then, nearly 1,000 km have been driven, always with hair in the wind. The car is in perfect condition. The bodywork is impeccable and in original paint. In the cabin, sober and well finished, the dashboard presents an ergonomics that betrays Ingoldstat influences. The instrumentation is clear and precise, as is the driving position, which is much more suitable and comfortable than that of the Diablo. It is also important to mention that the gearbox is very easy to handle. Forget about the difficult cold shifts (especially in second gear) of the Maranello productions, this is a supercar designed for driving. With the 45 mm adjustable front suspension at low speed, the Murciélago roadster can be driven quite easily in city traffic and on our old European roads... A must in terms of road holding and dazzling performance, confirming the brand's revival started in 2001. With a total displacement of 6,192 cm3, developing a staggering 580 hp – all well managed by Lamborghini's L.I.E. electronic management system – the Lamborghini Murcielago roadster goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and can reach 320 km/h with its hair blowing. As powerful as the coupe, but with a completely different feel, only twenty examples of the Murcielago roadster are produced with the mechanical gearbox, and they are very rare to find on sale, carefully preserved in the garages of the world's greatest collections. The prices of its competitor of the time, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, of which only fifty examples were produced in mechanical gearbox, suggest that this is an exceptional opportunity to acquire one of the most exclusive sports cars of today and tomorrow.