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Launched at the 2006 Paris Motor Show in collaboration with the fashion house Versace Only 20 models were treated to the exterior branding and bespoke interior, only 8 in right-hand drive Supplied new to New Zeland from where our vendor sourced the car, Registered in the UK in 2017 A full Lamborghini service history and an odometer reading of 11,500km or 7,500 miles Stylish details coupled with the legendary 6.5ltr V12 mated to the 6-speed E-Gear semi-automatic. Please note the private registration number is not included and retention proceedings have begun. In 1998, the automotive world held its breath after the sale of Lamborghini to the Volkswagen group, and into the custodianship of subsidiary Audi. Hundreds of column inches were devoted to the question: would Lamborghini become sensible? For thirty-five years Lamborghini was a name synonymous with cars that did not conform, and later models such as the Countach and Diablo were deemed simply outrageous in compared to their contemporaries. Not altogether surprisingly, as the formation of Automobili Lamborghini was conceived in the aftermath of the outrage shown by tractor magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini in response to an encounter with Enzo Ferrari where he complained of the shoddy components fitted to his Ferrari. Enzo famously dismissed him, and the legendary marque was born, with each model pushing the design and engineering envelope. However the cars, whilst beautiful, were hard to live with on a daily basis, and with this in mind, Audi’s plan was to provide German engineering and reliability under the skin of exotic Italian design. The resulting Murciélago, launched in 2001, gained praise for its dramatic looks that borrowed somewhat from the Muira and the Countach, and although deemed flamboyant at launch, the clean lines have aged gracefully. In March 2006, Lamborghini unveiled an updated version of the Murciélago, the LP 640 an alpha-numeric designation which indicated the engine's orientation (Longitudinale Posteriore), along with the updated power output. With displacement now increased to 6.5-litres, the engine produced 631 hp at 8,000 rpm and an upgraded clutch, for the 6-speed "e-Gear" automated sequential transmission with launch control, rounded out the performance modifications. Fittingly, as the marque of choice of the international jet set, a collaboration with the fashion house Versace was unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. Available in either white or black, only 20 were produced as both coupé or roadster, with eight available in right-hand drive. Although the standard V12 engine was used, stylists from the Versace fashion house and Lamborghini's 'Ad Personam' program collaborated to design custom interiors finished in two-tone Versace leather complimented by a Gianni Versace logo plaque on the centre console, and supplied with bespoke branded luggage. It must be said that both the exterior and interior branding is understated by 2018 automotive standards, and although offered in both white or black coachwork, the Aldebaran Gloss Black paint and bi-colour Nero over Bianco leather interior, stitched with the famous Versace Greco motif, is perhaps the best combination. All 20 cars were numbered and this car, the penultimate version at #19, was delivered to New Zealand in right-hand drive in 2007. Some ten years later our vendor, an avid collector of exotica, found the car for sale while purchasing a De Tomaso Pantera. Both cars shared the long journey to UK shores and the Lamborghini was first registered in the UK on the 1st April 2017, subsequently under the private registration “80 AO” which is not included in the sale. The car is presented to auction with an odometer reading of some 11,300 kilometres or just under 7,500 miles, full Lamborghini service history, Versace-branded luggage and an MoT valid until August 2019. To conclude, as the rarest of the Murcielago model range, this beautifully presented example is definitely one for the discerning Lamborghini collector.