We don't feature many race cars here at Classic Italian Cars for Sale, but this particular competition vehicle is noteworthy in that it represents Lamborghini's brief foray into the world of Formula 1. Ferrucio Lamborghini was never particularly fond of competition, viewing the activity as a drain on company coffers. However, many of his engineers were racing enthusiasts and began to work behind the scenes on a car for the track. When Ferrucio learned of this, he gave the project his blessing and thus began the story Lamborghini in racing.
It's not widely known, but in 1989, Lamborghini began selling engines to Formula 1 teams. Their first customer being the short lived Larousse team. Minardi would be their last customer in 1992 and this car here for sale in California would be the last Lamborghini engine to compete in Formula 1. This car was not terribly successful, as its best finish came at the hands of Christian Fittipaldi at the Japanese Grand Prix, finishing sixth.
This is a rare 1992 Minardi Formula 1 Lamborghini with Serial# M191LO1, one of three that exist in the world. Powered by a V12 with 600+ HP. Participated in 1992 South Africa, Spain and Mexico Formula One races. The drivers were Morbidelli and Fittipaldi.
At over half a million dollars, this is a piece for serious collectors, but here's hoping that such a significant piece of Lamborghini and Formula 1 history may make an appearance at a vintage race event, such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in the near future. A race car such as this is a collector piece that needs to be both seen and heard.