SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS, California — It’s a peculiar thing, the flashy color selection for brand-new Lamborghinis. Those avant-garde designs of Bertone, Gandini, Giugiaro, and Perini would be stunning in gray shrink-wrap, yet they come dressed in every color of the cartoon rainbow. The Lambo paint names themselves conjure images of a garish alien landscape: Celeste Cephus, Verde Ithaca, Marrone Eklipsis. Lambos aren’t about subtlety; this is your showpiece, the one that tells passersby you will not be ignored. And there was no way to ignore the parade of 50 such peacocks earlier this month, as they followed each other nose to tail through the twisted drought-brown mountains above Malibu. Even the most jaded Los Angelean couldn’t help but stare.
It was to a Skittles-tinted planet that I was transported very early Sunday morning. I’d been offered a ringside seat for the running of the high-powered bulls. More specifically, I was promised a seat in a 2009 sun-yellow Gallardo Spyder for an invitation-only cruise with a flock of Lambo devotees.
Dozens of Lamborghinis, each one more strikingly beautiful than the last, came together at the Auto Gallery’s Supercar Sunday car show in Woodland Hills. I was especially impressed seeing four Espadas in the same place, as well as two Miuras. There were plenty of V-12 monsters in the crowd: Aventadors and Huracans, Murcielagos and even a Diablo. Surprisingly, not a single Countach — the favorite of many a youth of the ’80s — showed up. The star of the show for me was the ice-blue 1967 12-cylinder 400GT coupe, designed by Carrozzeria Touring and of which only 247 were built.
The Auto Gallery’s Supercar Sunday show is held every week, with a featured marque one Sunday a month. McLarens were celebrated in June, and about 30 of the British supercars came to bask in California sunlight and adoration. August will focus on the Corvette, and September is reserved for Porsche.
What follows are some of the hottest of the hot Lambos that helped us carve the canyons. Which ones do you fancy, one in Blu Herra perhaps? Maybe Oro Elios or Grigio Anteres? What about Nero Pegaso?