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Ultra-Rare Lamborghini Veneno Roadster Is A Fighter-Jet For The Road

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Only nine were made, and this one should fetch $5 million in auction.

You don't buy a Lamborghini because it's ordinary or cheap. You buy a Lamborghini because it's exotic and extreme. So if you're gonna go all-in, and have the considerable means, this is the rare one you'll want.

It's a 2015 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster - the second of just nine made, following the four coupes that were produced prior. It's arguably the most extreme road car Sant'Agata ever offered, and though long since sold out, this one's coming up for auction in Paris next month. Just don't expect it to go for a small sum, by any stretch of the imagination.

Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's

Created to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary, the Veneno was nominally based on the Aventador. But as you can see, it took the Raging Bull marque's signature eye-catching, design-forward approach a step or two further, to the point that it looks more like a Le Mans race car (or a fighter jet) for the road. Just scope out that front apron, the deep side sills, the giant rear wing, the vertical stabilizer fin, the deeply vented hood.

What's more is that, with or without a roof, the Veneno packed the muscle to back it up its aggressive looks. In this application, Sant'Agata's 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 was upgraded to 740 horsepower.

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Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's

It would take another several more years before that output would be surpassed in the 760-horse Aventador SVJ and Centenario - the latter which took the Veneno's place, but in relatively higher numbers (with 40 made).

This particular example was specced in matte black with lime-green accents and interior, and was subsequently bought from its original owner by a member of the Saudi royal family. Now it's coming up for grabs again, with RM Sotheby's projecting it will sell for roughly €5 million (give or take a half-million), or about $5.6m at today's exchange rate, when the gavel drops on February 5 at Place Vauban during Retromobile week in the French capital.

Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's
Alex Penfold/RM Sotheby's

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