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Think of Italian Formula One teams and Ferrari is first and foremost to come to mind. But the Prancing Horse team is not the only game in town. What is today known as Scuderia Toro Rosso was once, and for two decades, known as Minardi. And for one (unfortunately unsuccessful) season, it was powered by Lamborghini.

That season was 1992, when Christian Fittipaldi (Emerson's nephew) drove for the team, substituted by Alex Zanardi for a few races and teamed up with Gianni Morbidelli – the Italian driver who just took the Superstars championship this past weekend.

Alongside the Modena team it supplied the year before (to even less success), the Minardi partnership was one of only two Italian teams which the F1 division established at Lamborghini under Chrysler ownership would motivate power. It yielded a sixth-place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix as its best result, but the coupling of an Italian engine in an Italian chassis is what makes it stand out in history. Valentino Balboni drove it for demonstration events at Road Atlanta and Sebring, and now that car is up for auction on eBay Motors.

Said to be the only surviving example of three built, the Minardi-Lamborghini M191L packs a 3.5-liter V12 rated at 700 horsepower, revving to 13,800 rpm and pushing a car that weighs just 1,135 pounds. That ought to make for some serious fun on track days, even if it wasn't quite up to pace with Williams, McLaren, Benetton, Ferrari, Lotus or any of the other dozen teams that finished ahead of it in the standings that year. And as such, it won't cost you as much, either: with a buy-it-now price of under $200,000, it could be just the toy for some Italian playboy to lap endlessly around Mugello, Imola or Vallelunga.


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      Kevin Gregerson
      • 1 Year Ago
      A car like this takes a team just to get it ready for driving you are talking at spending at least 5k-10k just to leave the pit not to mention lots and lots of class time and learning. The number of people in the world who could jump in and drive this safely around a track is literally in the hundreds. So the customer for this is very, very limited.
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kevin Gregerson
        If you have the money to buy this as a track toy, you would have the money to pay someone to maintain it for you. There a are lots of private garages that can house and prep race cars for private track day use. Another option would be to replace the engine with something more reliable and more easily serviceable and replaceable.
        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kevin Gregerson
        Way to kill a buzz, Gregerson!
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      AndySIII
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 1992 series F1 cars were one of the most beautiful. Wide with wide slick tires. This one too had no electronic aids and a 3-pedal manual. Pure...
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      $200,000? Bargain.
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        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        Dude...are you serious? Saying you bought ANY F1 car is saying much!
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      dadslife83
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a Minardi F1 T-shirt from this era that is still in great shape and I've worn it a lot. They didn't scrimp on quality, that's for sure.
      theryko
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.catsexotics.com/web/used/Lamborghini-Minardi-F1-Race-Car-1992-Lynnwood-Washington/1422303/
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