If you think my better half was concerned earlier in September when I was looking at $30,000-plus Harleys, you should have seen his face when I started breezing through the Commons and other sites, checking out the Lamborghini. Prices ranged up to a price of $300,000 and more. He handed me our insurance agent’s 24-hour phone number and reminded me to check on insurance coverage before I fell in love with a handsome Italian.
All resale prices mentioned in this article are as of 2003, and should be considered a guide. My choices are made based on the style, looks, and a few features in each car, which is the ultimate reason to buy a classy beauty such as Lamborghini. Please reply with your own suggestions, if you wish.
Lamborghini 350 GT
Lamborghini 350 GT is a 2-door coupe, although some had the standard two seats and one half-seat. Designed and built from 1964 – 1966 by Carrozzeria Touring of Milano, a total of 120 were produced. The V12 engine produces a top speed of 156 mph (I scream very loudly at 90 mph), and it features worm and roller steering. This did not ring a bell with me. I went to DDB-Tech, and found that worm and roller steering presents a “variable steering ratio” to help maneuver 350GT when driving at quick speeds, or when parking.
A five-speed plus reverse synchromesh manual transmission is enhanced by a Salisbury limited slip differential. Although priced new at $13,900, resale value varies between 45,000 to 89,700 dollars.
Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE (Series III)
Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE (Series III), Lamborguini’s second best success story, was priced in 1974 at 33,900 dollars. Resale value varies between 15,000 to 30,700 dollars. This four-seater saw changes to previous models including taillights designed on the style of the Alfa Romero 2000, an optional sunroof, and an optional Chrysler automatic transmission from 1974 forward. Standard items in 1972 included power steering and air-conditioning.
The Espada 400 GTE (Series III) was designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone, the company that build the Espada 400 GTE (Series III) for six years, with a total of 456 cars sold.
Lamborghini Diablo GT
The eye-catching Lamborghini Diablo GT was designed by Marcello Gandini and built in 1999 by Automobioli Lamborghini SpA. Scheduled to have 80 cars built, 83 were produced. A two-door coupe, the Diablo GT had two seats and horizontal hinged doors, and rack and pinion variable power assisted steering. With five speeds and reverse, the Diablo GT reached speeds of 210 mph. Priced at 300,000 in 1999, resale value is approximately 250,000 dollars.
Lamborghini LP5000 S Countach
Even with an average cost of $102,000 in 1984, the LP5000 S Countach was Lamborghini’s biggest success. Built from March 1982 through March 1985, 323 of these stylish, classy vehicles were produced. Yet another incredible design by Marcello Gandini for Bertrone, the Countach was built by Automobili Lamborghini SpA.
The two-door coupe included two seats and horizontally hinged doors. With a resale price ranging from $44,200 to $65,900, the buyer continues to purchase the Countach, which features all wheel, independent suspension, unassisted mechanical rack and pinion steering, a 5-speed and reverse transmission, designed to provide speeds of up to 186 miles per hour.
Lamborghini Miura P400
The Lamborghini Miura P400 was designed by Marcello Gandini and Bertone, and built by Bertone. Automobili Lamborghini SpA, who also did the finishing, mounted the engine, which enabled speeds of over 175 mph. Built from March 1966 – 1969, a total of 475 Miura P400s were produced. Although priced at $19,900 in 1968, the beautiful Miura P400 has a resale value between 45,600 and 79,000 dollars.
The Miura P400 has one of Lamborghini’s most popular features, the upward tilting doors. The V12 engine, unassisted rack and pinion steering, and flashy style make it a success.
Even though the Miura P400 is equipped with cross-flow radiators and twin electric fans, the two seats cause crowding, and engine heat builds up on the driver and passenger. Still, it is a success in the Lamborghini line, and will continue to be an attention-getting classic.
The continued desire to own a Lamborghini testifies to the ability to last through various designers, builders, and owners.
Lambocars, Lamborghini 350 GT
Ddb-tech, worm and roller steering gear
Lambocars, Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE (Series III)
Lambocars, Lamborghini Diablo GT
Lambocars, Lamborghini LP5000 S Countach
Lambocars, Lamborghini Miura P400