2005 Lamborghini Concept S front 3/4
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Lamborghini Concept S front 3/4
  • Image Credit: Darin Schnabel / RM Sotheby's
2005 Lamborghini Concept S front
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2005 Lamborghini Concept S
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2005 Lamborghini Concept S side
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2005 Lamborghini Concept S rear 3/4
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2005 Lamborghini Concept S rear
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2005 Lamborghini Concept S door sill tread plate
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2005 Lamborghini Concept S rear detail
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2005 Lamborghini Concept S wheel
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Reach back a decade into your supercar memory banks and you may recall that in 2005, Lamborghini rolled in to the Geneva Motor Show with a dramatic Gallardo speedster concept. That was the Concept S, designed by Luc Donckerwolke long before he shifted over to (and subsequently left) the Bentley design department. It packed all the cutting-edge angular design of the Gallardo coupe that had just debuted the year before, but predated the emergence of the Gallardo Spyder that followed the next. The Concept S featured more radical bodywork that bisected the open cockpit, with a pair of low-profile wind deflectors instead of a single-frame windshield. Sort of like the Aventador J concept from a few years ago, but in a more compact (and relatively more stylistically restrained) form.

The original show car wasn't a runner, but it proved such a hit that Lamborghini made a second one – this time fully functional with V10 power – and brought it to Pebble Beach that summer. The static model is still on display at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant'Agata, and we took our time ogling it while in town for the opening of the new Trigeneration plant last week, but the runner was sold to a private collector, and now it's set to cross the auction block as part of RM Sotheby's upcoming sale in Manhattan.

The auction house expects that it'll fetch between $2.4 and 3 million, and given this particular model's rarity, we don't doubt it'll command every penny, if not more. After all, the Veneno went for more than that, and as scarce as that crazy hypercar was (and remains still), between the coupes and roadsters, Lambo made a baker's dozen of those. In fact, the Concept S stands to set a new record for the highest amount ever paid for a Lamborghini at auction, which according to Sports Car Market was set in 2009 when a Reventón sold online for $2.5 million. The Reventón was a more dramatically styled version of the Murciélago and precursor of the Aventador, of which 21 were made. So just imagine how much collectors might prove willing to spend on the one-of-a-kind Concept S.

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AUTOMOTIVE ARTISTRY IN NEW YORK CITY: RM SOTHEBY'S RETURNS TO MANHATTAN FOR CUTTING-EDGE COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

- RM Sotheby's returns to New York City, November 18 for the second iteration of its 'Art Automobiles' auction
- Held at Sotheby's global headquarters in Manhattan, exclusive evening sale to present handpicked selection of approximately 30 blue-chip automobiles and select memorabilia
- Early entries led by a radical, one-off 2006 Lamborghini Concept S
- Further information and a frequently updated list of entries available online at www.rmsothebys.com

NEW YORK, New York (July 9, 2015) – RM Sotheby's, the world's largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is thrilled to announce its return to Manhattan, November 18 for the second iteration of its exclusive Art Automobiles sale. The ultimate celebration of the RM Sotheby's partnership, the upcoming auction will shine a spotlight on cutting-edge automotive design, lifting the gavel on some 30 blue-chip automobiles and select memorabilia.

The November auction follows in the footsteps of RM's pioneering 2013 New York event. The first major collector car auction to be held in Manhattan in over a decade, the sale generated an extraordinary $63 million during just two hours of spirited bidding, raising the bar for collector car auctions with its innovative approach and presentation.

This year's event, held at Sotheby's global headquarters in Manhattan, is set to amplify these results. The automobile offering will again feature a selection of vehicles handpicked for their rarity, significance to design, engineering, and for the outstanding achievement they represent in their respective category; all will be displayed as part of an exclusive exhibition in Sotheby's prestigious 10th floor galleries ahead of the sale. In a bid to broaden the event's appeal, the catalogue will also feature a selection of more traditional artworks, including paintings and sculptures tied to an automotive theme

"Returning to the global stage of New York City is particularly special this year as we've entered into partnership with Sotheby's. We are looking forward to once again hosting a world-class exhibition and auction with our new colleagues," says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Sotheby's.

Befitting a sale focused on cutting-edge design, early entries for RM's 2015 New York event are led by a unique 2006 Lamborghini Concept S, chassis 001. Conceived by the marque's then head of design, Luc Donckerwolke, the car was introduced as an extreme interpretation of an open-top Lamborghini Gallardo. First presented as a non-running design study at Geneva in 2005, tremendous public interest in the Concept S prompted the decision to build a functional version of the vehicle in order to further gauge potential customer demand.

The fully operable version debuted at the Concorso Italiano the following year; a proverbial show-stopper, it remained true to its concept yet seemed even more extreme. The so-called "saute-vent" windscreens, re-designed and lowered for homologation, were even more radical than the original design, serving to visually divide the cabin and creating a "spine" that runs between the passenger and the driver.

While a limited run was originally planned for the Concept S, the exceedingly high cost and time-consuming production ultimately ended with the first example also being the last, rendering chassis 001 – the vehicle slated for RM's New York sale - a true, production-ready, one-off Lamborghini. In single ownership from new, the current owner took delivery of the Concept S soon after it's unveiling. It proved so popular that it was routinely invited back by Lamborghini to be shown around the world, including twice at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Fully operable and street-legal, it has been driven only 180 km, with many of those accumulated during initial testing and the remainder on the show field (Estimate: $2,400,000 - $3,000,000).

Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Sotheby's West Coast division adds, "The Gallardo Concept S is downright wild and an absolutely perfect car to be featured within the 10th floor galleries at Sotheby's. The Lamborghini's blend of avant-garde style and uniqueness sets the tone for what will be a theme carried throughout the entire catalogue. As we carefully curate the 2015 New York offering, we will continue to place a strong emphasis on significant design contribution throughout automotive history. It will undoubtedly be another watershed event."

For further information on RM Sotheby's Art Automobiles auction in New York City, or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please visit www.rmsothebys.com or call +1 519 352 4575.


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