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Lamborghini Gallardo Speedster Is A Complete One-Off

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The completely open-cockpit Gallardo is the only one of its kind in the world.

Lamborghinis may be exotic, but if you have the means, they're not exactly hard to come by (at least not in the way that, say, Koenigseggs or Paganis are). But this... this is no ordinary Lamborghini. This is a one-of-a-kind concept, and it's coming up for auction at the end of this month.

The vehicle in question is the Concept S – a one-off speedster based on the Gallardo (precursor to today's Huracan) that, like the Aventador J that followed seven years later, had no roof or even windscreen to speak of beyond a minuscule air deflector.

Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's

The team in Sant'Agata split the open cockpit down the middle with a central "spine" between the two seats, and that uniquely open-air approach left the full effect of the 5.0-liter V10 to be felt in all its 520 horsepower of glory, particularly with the extra air duct positioned right behind the open cockpit.

It was first unveiled as a non-running static display at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, then returned with a fully functional powertrain to the Concorso Italiano in Monterey the following year. But despite plans to build 100 examples, in the end only this one customer example was ever delivered.

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Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's

Now nearly a decade and a half later, it's coming up for auction – and not for the first time – with less than 200 kilometers (124 miles) on the clock.

RM Sotheby's first had it consigned for sale in New York in 2015, but with a $2.4-3-million estimate, it failed to reach its reserve price. Two years later, the same auction house managed to sell it in Monterey for $1.32 million. Now it's handling its sale again on November 30 during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where it's likely to bring in at least as much.

Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's
Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby's

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