Centenario Roadster goes to auction … again

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Back in 2016 Automobili Lamborghini SpA unveiled the Centenario LP770-4 at the Geneva Motor Show, a celebration model created as an homage to what would have been Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th anniversary, sadly Ferruccio passed away in 1993 only two months before his 77th birthday, and shortly after the Lamborghini Diablo was introduced, which was the last car he would encounter, keep in mind he had sold Automobili Lamborghini SpA in the early Seventies already when the Countach was in production.

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Back to the Lamborghini Centenario, at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 the coupe was introduced by Stephan Winkelmann, finished in a clear carbon fiber body with yellow lower sections, this car looked amazing in real life, sadly photos didn’t always do it justice, the Centenario was one of those cars you had to meet face-to-face to really embrace, even to this day a lot of people don’t like the Lamborghini Centenario, but many of those never even seen the car in real life.

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By August 2016 Stefano Domenicali unveiled the Centenario Roadster, during Monterey Car Week in California, the same venue where we should be seeing the new Countach Homage to celebrate 50 years of the Countach in 2021, the Centenario Roadster show car was finished in a rather special silver metallic paint with a satin topcoat, called Argento Centenario, and showed a Terra di California brown Alcantara interior … a different color combination to what we are used to on a Lamborghini, especially a limited edition one like the Centenario.

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The Lamborghini Centenario was a model in their so-called ‘Few-Off’ series, with very limited production numbers, like the Reventón Coupe and Roadster, the Sesto Elemento, or the Veneno Coupe and Roadster. Production for the Centenario was limited at 20 units for both the Coupe and the Roadster, so 40 in total, apparently only 9 units of the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster would make it into the United States of America, one of them is going to auction … again.

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Yes, you are reading this right, the Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4 Roadster chassis #ZHWUZ5ZD3HLA06826 was listed by Gooding&Company back in 2020 at their Amelia Island auction with an estimate between $2,000,000 and $2,500,000 and a total of 665 Miles on the counter at that time, but she didn’t sell at that time. And it has to be said, this specific Centenario Roadster came with a lot of bespoke Ad Personam options when the owner specced this car out in 2016.

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The most obvious, albeit very expensive option, is the two-tone body, finished in the famous Blu Cepheus at the front, combined with the darker Blu Hera at the rear, the lower sections kept their clear carbon fiber finished but get a silver pinstripe for added effect, which also returns on the two-tone mirrors, on the windshield surrounds, and on the tires … which isn’t clear if those lines and Pirelli PZERO script is either white or silver … but it looks great nonetheless.

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This one of only 9 Lamborghini Centenario Roadsters in the US, and one of 20 in the world, is being listed at the Mecum 2021 Monterey auction to be held from August 12 to August 14 … still with an estimate between $2,000,000 and $2,500,000, but now with 863 miles on the clock, and a recent service by Lamborghini of Newport Beach in July 2021, this Bicolore Centenario Roadster is ready to be enjoyed … but not in California, as it is an ‘out of state’ or dealer sale only.

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On the inside, we find the finest Alcantara Lamborghini has to offer, applied to the lightweight carbon fiber sport seats, dashboard, steering wheel, central console, and on parts of the door panels, all featuring the most amazing Blu Cepheus color-coded stitching, piping, and cross-stitching … just about everything else on the interior is finished in clear carbon fiber for that special look inside this very special car from Sant’Agata.

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Back in September 2020, Doug DeMuro made a Youtube video on this specific car, being available from Lamborghini Newport Beach for ‘just under $3,000,000’, at that time the only Centenario Roadster for sale in North America, but wait, in May 2021 The Triple F Collection channel also did a video on this specific car, being interested in possibly adding it to their impressive collection of supercars and hypercars., but apparently the car never sold and is going to auction once again.

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There have been a few Lamborghini Centenario being offered at auction over the last few years, mainly Coupe models, and none of them sold in the end, so what could be the problem with these limited edition Lamborghini models? For me personally, if I had the money to spend, I would get a Centenario Roadster for sure, but in all honesty, not this one … and not because it seems to have been driven by about half the world by now, but I don’t like the two-tone paint job on this one, from the first time I saw it, it looked like a Bugatti paint scheme of French Racing Blue and Atlantic Blue to me, on the other hand, there are at least two clear carbon fiber body Centenario Roadster out there … I would love to own one of those two.

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Another drawback many mention about the Centenario Roadster is the fact there is no roof on this car, nothing, not even a canvas toupet style thingy, this is a Barchetta style car you only drive when the sun is out, if you get caught in the rain you’ll have to use two umbrellas above you to keep somewhat dry … not really a great look driving a multi-million dollar Lamborghini down the road. Another thing that seems to rub people with enough cash to buy one of these seems to be the fact Lamborghini calls these hypercars, while many out there just call it an Aventador with a different body, I wouldn’t put it so bluntly, however, just like the Veneno, the Centenario is a totally different car, based on the Aventador, but developed into something completely different.

So will this one-off two-tone Lamborghini Centenario Roadster sell this time around, and if so, for how much? We’ll have to wait and see