Avant-garde and iconoclastic; Lamborghini is a brand born out of opposition. But from this alternate perspective came the freedom for reinvention; Lamborghini’s focus on road-going automobiles allowed the brand to create its own design language from scratch, even between models. Though the Sant’Agata Bolognese brand made cars that were comfortable on any racetrack, the focus was always on pushing forward the very concept of what a road car could be. Eventually, this spirit of advancement led to the creation of the supercar itself. RM Sotheby’s is pleased to announce this comprehensive, single-owner collection of superb sport and supercars from Lamborghini, all available at our eighth annual Paris sale, with a livestreamed auction set for 13 February 2021 and an online only, time-based sale following thereafter.

1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 by Touring

Estimate: €450,000 – €550,000

In many ways the genesis of Lamborghini’s contrarian view on car construction. While period Ferrari flagships were descended from competition models, the 400 GT was free to forge its own identity as a grand touring car. An evolution of the groundbreaking 350 GT, Ferruccio’s sophomore effort was no less of a revolution. Featuring a 4-Liter, V-12 engine designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, the motor powering the 400 GT sported dual overhead camshafts when Ferrari only offered single overhead camshafts on their road cars. The long-term build quality of the 400 GT became legendary in vintage Lamborghini circles after one example achieved 250,000 miles. Like all of the examples in this superb collection, this 400 GT comes with the most important accessory for any historic Lamborghini: Polo Storico certification from the company’s heritage division, verifying the originality of this collection.

1969 Lamborghini Islero GTS

Estimate: €400,000 – €450,000

As the 1960s progressed, Lamborghini evolved with the era, refining their front-engined design ethos with the Islero. The new model featured aerodynamic flip-up headlights, and the beginning indications of the sharp, angular styling that would come to define the brand. The top-of-the-line Islero GTS was to be the last Lamborghini with a traditional, grand touring layout: A two-plus-two coupe with its twelve-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine mounted in front of its passengers. For the Islero S and GTS models, 1969 brought a revised rear suspension and an improved compression ratio in the engine, making for an even more potent tourer. The interior benefitted from a design revision and disc brakes increased in size. Both Ferruccio Lamborghini and his brother Edmondo proudly piloted Islero sports cars in-period. Only 225 Islero sports coupes were built in total, one hundred of which were Islero S and GTS models.