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Lot 212

2006 Lamborghini Concept S

  • Chassis no. ZHWGE32T86LA00001

$2,400,000 - $3,000,000


513 bhp, 4,961 cc DOHC mid-mounted V-10 engine with four valves per cylinder and multipoint sequential fuel injection, six-speed “E-Gear” sequential manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.8 in.

  • A true street-legal roadster
  • The first and only production-ready example
  • Twice shown at Pebble Beach and only 180 miles from new


THE CONCEPT S

“The Concept S represents everything that Lamborghini stands for. It is extreme, uncompromising, and Italian.” – Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

The Lamborghini brand is one that represents not only extreme, record-setting performance but also cutting-edge design and a consistent destruction of convention, year after year, model after model. These are cars that make a statement—about themselves and the driver. Indeed, it is a tradition that hearkens back to the marque’s earliest days when Ferruccio Lamborghini himself parked the brand new Miura, finished in bright orange no less, in front of the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo for the start of grand prix weekend. The world took notice!

And so, from the universally applauded Miura to the trend-setting Countach to the outlandish Veneno, the House of the Raging Bull has always been on the cutting edge of automotive design. In fact, Lamborghini’s production cars are more often than not close descendants of their concepts, with no compromises taken from sketch to street. Passionate, raw, and unwavering in initial design and execution, this is what excites Lamborghini’s most enthusiastic fans about the brand.

This philosophy holds true for the Concept S, which was first presented 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. Donckerwolke envisioned the concept as a modern rendition of the classic single-seater racing car, albeit with twin cockpits side by side. The astonishing amount of public interest at the Geneva Motor Show prompted the decision to build a functional version in order to further gauge potential customer demand. It was a stunning design to say the least, and the initial prototype model remains at the Lamborghini museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

The following year, the fully operable Concept S, which was based on the Gallardo platform, was first shown to the public at the Concorso Italiano. This stunning spyder was a proverbial showstopper, as it remained true to its concept yet seemed even more extreme. The so-called “saute-vent” windscreens were re-designed and lowered for homologation reasons, though the result is even more radical than the original design. These screens serve to visually divide the cabin into two distinct compartments, giving the car an aggressive and futuristic look. They also create a “spine” that runs between the passenger and the driver, essentially dividing them from one another. It also acts as an additional air inlet for the powerful 520-horsepower V-10 engine at its heart, which is positioned behind the occupants. The aerodynamics of the Concept S have been further optimized by the use of front and rear spoilers and a large rear diffuser.

Lamborghini initially slated the car for production but 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, leaving the Concept S as a true production-ready, one-off Lamborghini.

As the current and only owner had already placed an order for the car, he was able to take delivery of the unique Concept S soon after its unveiling. Yet, the stunning spyder was so popular that it was routinely invited back by Lamborghini to be shown around the world. In fact, it was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance not just once but twice. It was first shown on the concept lawn in 2006, 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, with many of those being accumulated during initial testing and the rest from driving around concours show fields. Based on the production drivetrain and the sharing of the cockpit, which is familiar to anyone who has spent time in a Gallardo, the Concept S drives and functions just as any production Lamborghini from that time, albeit with a unique look and sense of theater all its own.

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