Who wants to be its next owner?
In many ways, Lamborghini Gallardo saved the Italian supercar company. The Volkswagen Group gave Lamborghini financial security when it bought the company in 1998 but it was the Gallardo that ultimately became the firm's best-seller and a major source of income. Not all Lamborghini customers wanted a V12-powered supercar. Over the course of its ten-year production life, over 14,000 examples were built, but not all were created equal, so to speak.
The LP560-2 50 Anniversario is one of the standouts. Remember, all Gallardos with the "-2" in their name signify rear-wheel-drive, as opposed to "-4" models with AWD. A majority of customers opted for the six-speed "e-gear" automatic transmission, but a gated six-speed manual was also available. Thing was, the RWD-manual combination was kind of rare.
Lamborghini built it for the purists who are always outnumbered by mainstream buyers. The highly sought after and collectible Valentino Balboni Edition, limited to 250 examples, was also RWD only, but the automatic remained optional. But the Balboni Edition received tons of great publicity because of its namesake and its mid-engine, RWD, supercar status. With that in mind, the Gallardo LP550-2 arrived for 2011, and in 2013 the LP560-2 debuted to honor the firm's 50th anniversary.
The Gallardo LP560-2 50 Anniversario was mechanically nearly identical to the LP550-2, though its naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 received a whole 2 horsepower increase to 552 hp. Other special features included Bianco Opalis exterior paint, dark grey wheels, carbon fiber rear wing sourced from the Gallardo Superleggera, and a clear engine cover. Production, of course, was limited. Only 25 were imported to the US and now one of them is up for sale.
With only 3,314 miles on its odometer, this Gallardo LP560-2 has the coveted gated shifter and is in perfect overall condition. The seller claims it is Concours quality. Its next owner will also inherit the original factory window sticker. Now, you can find plenty of relatively affordable used Gallardos these days, but this isn't one of them.
Its $239,900 asking price exceeds that of a new Lamborghini Huracan Evo MSRP by over $30,000. It's totally worth it. Few Lamborghinis make Ferrari owners envious but this is surely one of them. The last time Ferrari offered a gated shifter was back in 2007. This Gallardo's new owner will doubtless take every opportunity to remind their Ferrari-loving friends of that.