Lamborghini Murciélago Concept Car “Scale143” – AUTOart

2003 Lamborghini Murciélago Concept Car - "Scale143" 
AUTOart - 54552 (diecast) 

Published 03/14/18

Sant’Agata Bolognese’ Lamborghini initially released Murciélago in 2001. It came to replace the brand’s previous flagship, the Diablo. Reads the legend that Murciélago was the name of a fighting bull that survived 24 sword strokes in an 1879 fight against Rafael “El Lagartijo” Molina Sánchez, in Cordoba, Spain. For this reason Lamborghini named the car as a homage to the magnificent bull. The Murciélago is a mid-engine all-wheel drive sports car powered by a 6.2 liter V12. The engine delivered 572 hp, consequently allowing a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h.

Murciélago Concept
Murciélago Concept at work.

The Murciélago made a lot of splashes in the press, and with the successful sales, in 2002 Lamborghini started working on a roadster version of the car. In March of 2003, at the Detroit Auto Show, the Murciélago Concept came to public. Designed by Luc Donckerwolke, head of Lamborghini Design. It was an open-top Murciélago, but at the time wasn’t called a roadster yet. According to Lamborghini, the new car would have the same drive train as the production Murciélago, and deliver the same performance, but with the driver’s hair in the wind. The Murciélago Concept was a success, hence the roadster entered production in 2004. By the end of the production run in 2010, 899 units came out of the factory.

Murciélago Concept
Murciélago Concept at home.

So, the S143 Forum car… For me, this is a quite special model. First, of course, because it’s a VERY exclusive model, the rarest that I have in my collection. But way more important of all, it’s special because it was a gift from my buddy Jeff. I know that gent for well over 12 or 13 years now, from way back to my 1:18 days. And one of the things that defines him is his big heart. So yesterday, totally out of the blue, a package arrives for me, and when I open it, I see this gem. The model is VERY well detailed, without a doubt one of the best that I have in the Garage, and with posable wheels! AUTOart did a fantastic job on the car.

Murciélago Concept
The number on the bonnet is from S143’s numbering system for their forum cars.

I think it looks great on the base, so much that as a result I’ll display it like that. And as you can see, I’ve made different shots from what you normally see here. It’s an important model with a very personal value to me, so I decided to make the photos more personal.

Murciélago Concept
Much more than a model.

Jeff, you truly honor me, and I just can’t express how grateful I am 🙂

PS: The Lambo was not the only car in the box. That rascal added more stuff, stay tuned.

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