Back in 2013 Automobili Lamborghini SpA was celebrating her 50th anniversary, and several special cars were built to commemorate this event, like the Aventador LP720-4 in either Coupe or Roadster form, but also the extremely rare Lamborghini Veneno … based on the Aventador chassis but completely redesigned into a LeMans lookalike racer, but still street legal worldwide.
At an MSRP of €3,000,000 before taxes, you might think they had trouble selling the Veneno, but with only three made available to the public, they were all sold out before we even saw the car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show … which probably made the Lamborghini marketing department eager to try this again. So in October 2013, they published a press release on the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, taking the impressive design of the Veneno Coupe into a real Roadster … they didn’t even bother to design a roof for the Veneno Roadster, a but like the one-off Aventador J a year earlier.
As all three of the Veneno Coupe sold out so quickly, Lamborghini decided to build nine Roadster for customers, at a 10% premium over the closed version, so at €3,300,000 each (about USD 4,500,000 back in 2013) you could get hold of an open-top supercar with racecar styling, and this time the customer could decide on the exterior shade and livery … on the Coupe, you had to go for a metallic grey called ‘Metalluro’ and settle for subtle touches of either green, white or red.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster was introduced on the deck of an aircraft carrier in Dubai, finished in a stunning dark red metallic shade that looked close to the one seen on the Aventador J in 2012, but as mentioned earlier, customers could order their Veneno Roadster in any shade they liked, so we got to see glossy black, green, white … one customer even ordered a full carbon fiber body with a satin finish (absolutely stunning) and a Nero Nemesis as seen on this specific Veneno Roadster that went to auction in Paris in February 2020.
The famous RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris, France on February 5, 2020, listed this car with chassis number ZHWEB3ZD5FLA03002 as a two-owner sample with only 450 km on the counter, this was the second of nine ever built and was owned by Saudi Arabian royalty before.
With an estimate between €4,500,000 and €5,500,000 (US$5,000,000 to 6,100,000) the car only reached €3,950,000 and subsequently didn’t sell, it is still for sale at this moment, which is odd as only a few months ago, in September 2019, another Veneno Roadster sold for a massive CHF 8,280,000, which converts into €7,633,447 or US$8,296,572 … and personally, that white and cream one doesn’t even look as good as this satin black one if you ask me, granted the car sold in Switzerland only had 325km, but that can’t be the only reason this black Bull didn’t even reach her estimate.