Four generations of Lamborghini for sale in Paris

Which one would you choose? Early 400GT, Miura P400, Countach LP400 or Diablo VT? All four will be offered at the Bonhams Rétromobile auction in Paris on 8 February

Bonhams is to offer four generations of Lamborghini at its Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais sale in Paris on 8 February, during the popular Rétromobile show.

Lamborghini 400GT

We've all heard the story of Ferrari-obsessive Ferruccio Lamborghini receiving short shrift at Maranello and leaving in a rage vowing to build a better car. The subsequent 350GT evolved into the 400GT to challenge Ferrari’s grand tourer models – this 1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 is one of those early Ferruccio creations, still with matching numbers.

It's estimated at €520,000-580,000.

Lamborghini Miura P400

After the 350GT and 400GT came the big one; the Miura. Many see it as the first true supercar, and there was nothing else like it when it was first released in 1966. This 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupé has had only four owners from new and is showing a genuine 43,000km on the odometer. Bonhams say it's 'an excellently maintained example which retains a charming original patina'.

Estimate on the Miura is €1,200,000-1,400,000.

Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopo

How to follow the Miura? The almost space-age Countach somehow managed to match, or arguably exceed, the presence of the Miura when it went on sale in 1974. This 1975 Countach LP400 is in its original ‘periscopo’ form (referring to the periscope-type rear-view mirror, soon dropped for later versions), and is one of only 157 built. As Bonhams says, 'It's a rare example of a ground-breaking design that is surely one of the most iconic of the 20th century.'

The Countach is estimated to sell for €600,000-800,000.

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Lamborghini Diablo VT

When introduced in 1990, the Diablo was the the fastest, most advanced and most expensive Lamborghini ever built, outperforming even the legendary Ferrari F40. The Diablo is capable of more than 200mph thanks to the V12 lurking beneath its lightweight carbon fibre body. This 1996 Lamborghini Diablo VT has been used sparingly, with only 25,000km recorded.

The Diablo is expected to sell for €215,000-255,000.

Other highlights of the Bonhams Paris sale include the following:

  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring, originally owned by his Royal Highness Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (€650,000-850,000)
  • 1935 Bugatti Type 57 3.3-Litre Torpedo Tourist Trophy, formerly owned and raced by Earl Howe and Pierre Levegh (€780,000-1,300,000)
  • 1926 Bentley 3-Litre ‘Red Label’ Speed Model Tourer (€650,000-850,000), chosen as 2nd in class at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015
  • 1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spider (€670,000-780,000)

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