2003 Lamborghini Murcielago

$149.3M worth of cars at RM Sotheby's Monterey
Thursday, 12 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
Sale Price
$225,000 - $275,000
Est. Range
13 August 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. ZHWBU16M53LA00747. Blue Ely Metallic over Cream leather. 6192/580hp, 6-speed manual, Pirelli P Zero tires.

Evaluation: A handful of chips on the nose, but there’s a clear bra there and they probably don’t go deeper than that. The rest of the paint looks great and this is a lovely color that’s only subtly metallic. Light wear and a few small smudges on the leather. Minor scuff on the edge of the left rear wheel. Represented with 14,050 miles, regularly serviced, and a used but lightly used Lambo. Even though it’s not a Ferrari, it’s a late-model Italian supercar with an open-gate manual transmission, and that makes this car a sure-fire collectible.

Bottom Line: The original MSRP on a Murcielago was $281,000 and the base models at least are more used exotic than modern collector car. Even in today’s super-heated used market, classifieds for Murcielagos hover around 200 grand. This car, on the other hand, smashed estimates and price guide values. Now, one sale doesn’t necessarily make a trend, but most signs point to this being the direction where Murcis and other modern analog exotics are headed. This was just ahead of the curve.

by Andrew Newton
29 August 2021

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