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Lot 138

2008 Lamborghini Reventón

  • Chassis no. ZHWBU77SX8LA03148
  • Serial no. 03/20

Sold for $1,320,000


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650 bhp, 6,496 cc DOHC 60-degree V-12 engine, six-speed, single-clutch, paddle-shift mechanical transmission, front and rear independent suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers and coaxial coil springs, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 104.9 in.

  • The third of only 20 examples built
  • Fewer than 1,000 miles from new
  • One of the rarest Lamborghinis ever produced
  • Radical F22 Raptor-inspired design


Upon its introduction at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Reventón was the most extreme, exclusive, and expensive vehicle the company had ever produced, which is a bold statement for a company known for making extreme, exclusive, and expensive automobiles. However, it was instantly clear that the Reventón would live up to all of its promises. Just like the Miura, Countach, and Diablo before it, the Reventón coupled world-class performance with revolutionary aesthetics, as only Lamborghini could do.

Although the Reventón is based on Lamborghini’s acclaimed Murcielago LP640, the Reventón carries a style and mystique all its own. It was fitted with Lamborghini’s brilliant 6.5-liter V-12 engine, and its bodywork was completely new, helping push Lamborghini’s design language to new heights. Manfred Fitzgerald, Lamborghini’s director of design, brought the design team to a European NATO air force base where they were inspired by what they decided was the most impressive aircraft to date, the F22 Raptor. Each person on the team created a design and one was selected from the competition. From the matte grey paint to the sharp and aggressive design, the F22 inspiration is clear.

Slide into the driver’s seat, past Lamborghini’s signature scissor doors, and it is clear that the extreme F22 inspiration carries to the interior as well. The driver is met with three TFT liquid crystal displays that can be changed at the touch of a button from classic circular instruments to a display that has more in common with that of a fighter jet. The mentioned setting has two inward pointing lines as a tachometer that rise together as the engine revs. The exhaust note of Lamborghini’s 6.5-liter V-12, an engine which can trace its roots back to the V-12 in the Miura, keeps up with the car’s menacing appearance and creates a distinctive growl, which is funneled through its large, centrally mounted, singular exhaust pipe. Slightly uprated in power, the V12 in the Reventón has 650 horsepower compared to the 640 horsepower of the Murcielago LP640. Even the carbon fiber fins on the wheels were functional, creating a turbine effect to aid brake cooling.

All 20 Reventóns produced (plus one for the factory museum) were finished in the same color combination: a matte grey with a slight hint of green and mild metallic flakes and an interior swathed in military-green Alcantara, black leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Although it retains all the creature comforts expected in such an exclusive automobile, the Reventón’s interior exudes a more focused and precise feeling than any of its peers from Sant’Agata. Appropriately, only Lamborghini’s most loyal customers were afforded the opportunity to purchase a Reventón, at a price of $1,500,000. All 20 examples were spoken for before the car was even announced, and 11 of these were sold to customers in the United States.

This Reventón is car number 3 of 20 and has less than 1,000 original miles. Its Canadian vehicle history report shows that it was first sold to an owner in Chesterfield, Missouri, but that it has been in Vancouver, Canada, since 2010. It has had four owners from new and was most recently serviced by Lamborghini Vancouver in June 2015.

The Reventón is one of the most radically designed supercars and is one of the rarest models ever built by Lamborghini. This example is in nearly new condition and would be a complementary addition to any collection of ultimate supercars.

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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United Kingdom

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more