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The 29 Coolest Lamborghinis We Saw in the Canyons Near Malibu

Brightly colored Lambos in the California sun.

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?

An impressive – and spendy – pack of Skittles.A Diablo VT Roadster, resplendent in one of about 20 different yellows Lamborghini offers. Only about 200 of these were built.The Gallardo is Lamborghini’s best-selling model, and was produced for 10 years beginning with the 2004 model year.More shark than bull in appearance, the Miura retailed for about $20,000 new between 1966 and 1973. Though the Miura originally came in a rainbow of psychedelic hues, this purple looks to be a custom repaint.The best color for a Lamborghini, arguably, is orange – as is evident with this pristine Murcielago.And this Gallardo proves that orange is even better with a racing stripe.Can’t help but feel sorry for the loss of dignity a Murcielago must feel being dressed up as a minion.A “For Sale” sign can’t match the pearlescent brilliance of this 2005 Murielago Roadster. Remember: If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.Perfect social network fodder: California summer vacation surrounded by Lamborghinis.Not a Lambo: All those bright pastels in his palette, but this artist chooses to draw a black carbon-fiber-bodied Pagani Huayra. Who can blame him? The Huayra is breathtaking.Filipo Perini designed the Lamborghini Aventador, but this vinyl wrap is pure custom.In contrast to black with orange pinstripes, this white Aventador with red details shows off the V-12’s sleek, angular body style.And this Aventador tops it off with a carbon-fiber hood.Then again, orange is the new orange on the Aventador.Ah, Espada. The four-seater grand touring coupe designed by Marcello Gandini while he was with Bertone. Espada means sword in Spanish and is a reference to the deadly instrument used in bullfights by the matador. Espadas were made for 10 years beginning in 1968, and the design is something of an acquired taste.The Auto Gallery’s Supercar Sunday draws many makes and models of old and new cars, but one large swath of the parking lot was reserved for the cars that bear the surname of Ferruccio Lamborghini.Sure, this Lambo is beautiful. But how fast is it?Back in the early days of Lamborghini motorcars, the paint choices were more subtle, as seen on this 1967 400GT. Although the pearl-ice blue is a custom paint job, this particular car was originally silver.The Diablo VT is one of a few Lambos that are in the 200 mph-plus club. This one in silver looks fast standing still.The license plate on this Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster says what it does: “Goes 217.”An Aventador Roadster in blue is one cool cookie.Is this a Lamborghini owner’s way of saying, “Go big or go home”?Warning heeded, but what lessons are being taught to this student?Matte-black skin with carbon-fiber accents on this Gallardo.Dragons and bulls, the stuff of spirited dreams.The Auto Gallery kept track of the Lambos on our run through the canyons by carefully attaching numbers to each six-figure machine. A herd of 50 bulls charged through the hills above Malibu together.LAMBOGIRL = lucky girl.A Porsche support vehicle for our drive, lightly used.My ride was a Gallardo Spyder, and despite the humidity and heat, it seemed only right to drive it with the top down.

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