Sant'Agata, September 2001, the presentation of the Murciélago.
During the weekend of September 8 2001, Automobili Lamborghini SpA organized a massive event to which they invited just about everybody who actually owns a Lamborghini or was connected to an authorized Lamborghini club.
Lamborghini enthusiasts from all over the world gathered in Sant'Agata Bologna by Saturday evening, the official presentation would be held around seven in the evening, but from five o'clock you were allowed to visit the renovated factory.
The entire factory was being rebuilt and modified during the last months, and it was closed to all visitors during this time, it was really great to once again be able to take a look at the assembly lines, who were now producing the Murciélago, chassis number 12031 was the first one on the line, which probably means that about 30 pre-production demo units had been built by then ...
Apparently the production of the Murciélago began immediately after the last Diablo 6.0 SE were built, on the same assembly line, no time was lost in between, some of the last finished Diablo were still inside the assembly hall, while the two last SE were in various levels of finishing, an Oro Elios one and the very last Marrone Eklipsis Diablo, just after those the Murciélago number 12031 was being finished for the first lucky customer ...
Hundreds of people were present for the introduction of the new model, and several came in their very own Lamborghini, a total of nearly 200 cars that once came from this very factory were present, including some very early 350 GT and Islero, naturally the Espada, Urraco, Miura and Countach models were present too, together with the V8 powered models and the massive LM002 off-road vehicle.
A large collection of Diablo were also brought to this event, some of the early models and several of the latest 6.0 Liter types, while several tuned specials were also seen, like the magnificent Affolter GTR, both in Roadster and closed form.
The parking lot at the factory was actually a real time line, just about every model once built here was present and could be admired by fellow owners and fans from all over the world.
During the renovation of the factory, they included a real museum inside the factory buildings, here we could admire the very first 350 GTV prototype which was on loan from his Japanese owner, also one of the early LP400 prototypes was shown next to the very last 25th Anniversary Countach ever built. Other milestones in the Lamborghini history like the stunning Miura SV, the Espada, the Silhouette and the 350 GT were naturally also presented along with several of the Formula One cars and the championship winning off-shore powerboats.
But the best was still to come, toward 7 pm all guests were asked to come to a special section of the factory were the brand new Murciélago would be unveiled, under the eyes of hundreds of people, after being introduced by Guiseppe Greco himself, a stunning 'Ithaka Verde' Murciélago was driven on stage under the thundering sound of the band playing 'Born to be Wild'.
At the same time two other Murciélago were unveiled in the entry hall of the factory, a stunning yellow metallic one and an intimidating black metallic one.
After the introduction festivities, a buffet was served for all the invited people, while some could get a closer look at the new models on display, others went into the little shop at the factory and bought some hard to get Lamborghini automobilia, like the brand new limited edition scale model of the Murciélago, a production run of only 620 units built by bBurago for Automobili Lamborghini SpA.
To end the night, a stunning firework was launched at the factory, an enormous amount of impressive effects were created in the nightly sky, while the Murciélago name was being displayed in fire ...
On Sunday morning, none other than Mr Greco himself drove the green metallic Murciélago into Bologna, to have it shown to the public on the Piazza Maggiore, surrounded by several of the Lamborghini's that were at the factory, truly a one of a kind event that was able to gather just about every single Lamborghini model ever built.
Will the Murciélago successor look anything like this design concept ? We will have to wait and see what Sant'Agata has in mind for us.
(added on February 14. 2010)
A brand new IMSA technical and aerodynamic-enhancement program
(added on August 27. 2008)
A new limited edition to celebrate the Fashion week in Milan
(added on September 30. 2006)
The closest thing to a road legal R-GT edition available to the public
(added on May 24. 2006)
Japanese tuner Gallant Abflug released photos of their first Penna Bianca tuning package for the early edition Lamborghini Murciélago from 2001.
(added on September 18. 2013)
September 10. 2001
Text © Mark Smeyers
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