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The 49th of 50 Examples Built | Less than 200 Miles from New
Named for a courageous, death-defying bull that starred in a Spanish arena, the Lamborghini Murciélago was the first new model from the beloved Italian sports car manufacturer after it was taken over by the Volkswagen Group in 1998. Introduced to immediate acclaim at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show as a two-seater coupe, the Murciélago would spawn roadster and other special variants before production ended in 2010.
The Murciélago retained the familiar layout and architecture of its forebears – the Miura, Countach, and Diablo. It was underpinned, however, by a rigid, tubular steel space-frame chassis bolstered by carbon fiber structures integrated into the floor pan, center tunnel, and rear wheelhouses. A 6.2-liter V-12 engine sent prodigious power to the ground through a six-speed transaxle. A Variable Airflow Cooling System (VACS) could automatically open or close air intakes positioned over the car’s rear-mounted radiators for additional air when driving conditions demanded it.
Styled by Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghini’s head of design, the Murciélago’s low-slung wedge shape was more aerodynamic and aesthetically resolved than its predecessors, and was primarily composed of carbon fiber with the exception of the steel roof and trademark front-hinged doors. The interior was a significant step forward in terms of comfort, ergonomics, and fit and finish. Providing similar performance to the coupe, a roadster version of the Murciélago was made available in 2004, and employed a simple folding canvas roof as protection from inclement weather. In 2006, the Murciélago received a minor facelift, an even more powerful 6.5-liter engine, and new nomenclature that indicated the engine’s orientation and power output.
This Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster is one of the exclusive and limited-edition models released at the very end of the model’s production run, and is distinguished by virtue of its arresting Grigio Telesto over Arancio – or gray over orange – paint scheme. Inside, Black leather and Alcantara accented by orange detailing echoes the car’s striking exterior. Showcased beneath a transparent cover, a 6.5-liter V-12 produces 650 bhp and 487 lbs./ft. of torque, delivering power to all four wheels through Lamborghini’s “e-Gear” automated sequential transmission and allowing the car to accelerate from 0–60 mph in 3.4 seconds and achieve a 205 mph top speed.
Accompanied by its factory-delivered books, soft top, and two covers, this LP 650-4 Roadster – numbered 49 out of a total of 50 made – is one of the very last Murciélagos to leave the Sant’Agata factory, as one of just 18 roadsters built in the model’s final year of production. One of Lamborghini’s most eye-catching creations, this rare LP 650-4 registers under 200 miles from new and, as such, is among the very finest examples of this legendary Italian supercar available.