Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Lamborghini seemed to be in a perpetual state of financial crisis. The company changed hands several times since Ferruccio Lamborghini retired in 1974 with some owners more successful than others at keeping things afloat. Even Chrysler Corporation took a turn, trying to inject some modern technology into Lamborghini’s traditional ways. But when the American company was forced to cut spending, Lamborghini was one of the first assets to get the ax. Production again struggled to top 200 cars per year during the 1990s, until finally, in 1999, Lamborghini’s savior came from an unlikely place – Germany. Under the guidance of Ferdinand Piech, VW/Audi purchased the legendary Italian firm and soon set to work modernizing the product line and the assembly plant. After some stopgap improvements to the Diablo, Audi forged ahead with its long-awaited replacement, the Murcielago of 2001.
Audi knew Lamborghini could not survive on one model alone. In the past, their junior supercars like the Uracco, Silhouette, and Jalpa failed to make much impact on Ferrari’s strong-selling mid-engine V6 and V8 models. But now, with Lamborghini back on solid financial grounds, work commenced on a new “entry-level” model aimed at cars like Ferrari’s popular 360 Modena. When the all-new Gallardo hit showrooms in 2004, it represented a huge step forward for Lamborghini. While it sat below the mighty V12 Murcielago in terms of power and price, the Gallardo was no wallflower. Power came from a new 5-liter V10 that produced 500 horsepower, which fed a six-speed manual or hydraulic/electronic transaxle and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. Styling credit goes to Fabrizio Giugiaro, son of the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone and Ital Design who created a compact, sharp-edged body with the unmistakable aggression that is pure Lamborghini.
In 2005, the open-topped Gallardo spyder joined the range, which Lamborghini classified as an entirely new model. It shared the coupe’s chassis and V10 engine, now rated at 520 horsepower. The compact folding soft-top disappeared beneath the engine cover, giving the car a clean and aggressive look without spoiling the distinct, dynamic appearance. The Gallardo and its many variants can easily claim credit for putting Lamborghini on a path to prosperity. It proved to be enormously popular, and more than 14,000 enthusiastic customers stepped up to buy a Gallardo over the car’s impressive 10-year production run.
On offer here is a superb 2007 Gallardo Spyder, beautifully presented in a striking shade of Rosso Leto and with only 5,266 miles from new. The gorgeous dark metallic red shade suits the crisp lines, with yellow brake calipers and silver-painted 19-inch Callisto wheels providing nicely-judged accents. Original specification includes the six-speed E-Gear paddle-shift gearbox, backup camera, Lamborghini Multimedia system, black leather interior with contrasting red stitching and Lamborghini crest headrests, heated electric seats, and carbon cockpit trim. Records show this car was initially delivered through Lamborghini Orange County in Santa Anna, California. It has had three owners from new, most recently in an extensive collection where it was kept in impeccable condition. It is offered with a clean Carfax report, original owner’s manual and service book.
The black leather interior is in superb condition, showing only the slightest creasing in the driver’s seat that is consistent with the very low miles. Carpets, sill trims, and the carbon console trim are all in like-new condition, as are the switches and buttons in the center console. Door panels and dash feature matching black leather red stitching and additional high-gloss carbon-fiber trim on the door pulls and instrument bezel. The canvas soft-top in excellent condition and taut-fitting and operation is fully automatic and functioning as it should, stowing neatly beneath the composite engine lid. Inside the front trunk is a decent-sized storage area for luggage, the factory CD changer, and the original roadside emergency kit and tire inflator.
Typical of many modern supercars, not much of the glorious 5-liter V10 engine is visible from the top, mostly due to the positioning of the soft-top well. However, the visible parts are tidy and clean and reflective of this car’s exceptionally low mileage. On the road, it drives beautifully, with an addictive off-beat howl from the V10 engine. The sophisticated E-Gear transmission provides quick and crisp shifts up and down through the ratios, and performance is astonishing thanks to the 520 horsepower output. While Lamborghinis of old are somewhat notorious for their hard-edged manners, the Gallardo is refreshingly comfortable and equally happy to cruise along on the interstate or carve up an Alpine pass. The Gallardo’s popularity, practicality, and superb build quality meant many were driven hard and often, accruing high mileage in the process. This car’s impeccable condition and incredibly low mileage make it a superb choice for the collector or enthusiast. It is a marvelous example of Lamborghini’s most significant production model of the modern era, in virtually box-fresh condition and ready for enjoyment.
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