1967 Lamborghini Marzal
Auction price: 1,317,241 GBP
Some of the most beautiful concept cars ever made went under the hammer at the end of last month, fetching 3.64 million Euros (3.18m GBP) for their creator: the financially troubled design house Bertone. The event took place at the famous Villa d’Este classic car weekend in Northern Italy, and the highest price was achieved by the gullwing 1967 Lamborghini Marzal designed by Marcello Gandini – the genius behind the raging bull’s legendary Miura and Countach. This remained a concept, but led to the Espada supercar.
1980 Lamborghini Athon
Auction price: 302,676 GBP
Don’t bother trying to admire this concept’s curves… The open-top Athon is almost all angular lines. It made its world debut at the Turin Motor Show way back in 1980, and featured a high-quality caramel leather interior, complete with a built-in pocket calculator – which was state of the art in those days. Pre-auction estimates suggested this sensational Lamborghini would fetch a ‘mere’ 191,772 GBP, but the hammer fell at more than 300,000 GBP.
1974 Lamborghini Bravo
Auction price: 512,475 GBP
This white wedge had a bank of vents on the bonnet and rear deck, and was notable for the cabon’s visor-like appearance, due to almost hidden roof pillars. The Bravo sold for just over 500,000 GBP to a Swiss Lamborghini collector – another significant piece of automotive history that smashed its pre-sale estimate, which was 191,806 GBP.
1978 Lancia Sibilo
Auction price: 83,026 GBP
One of the coolest concepts of the Seventies, the futuristic Sibilo features windows partially spray-painted chocolate brown to give the impression of a body without glass – save for porthles above each door. It also has an early take on steering wheel-mounted controls. Like no other concept you’ve ever seen, and a snip at less than 100,000 GBP.
1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero
Auction price: 663,731 GBP
Wedge-shaped star of 1970′s Turin Motor Show was also designed by Marcello Gandini. The HF Zero is just over 3.5 metres long and only 84 cm high, and drivers climb in via a huge top-hinged windscreen. It led to the Stratos rally car – and given the 1.6m GBP pre-auction estimate, the Far Eastern buyer got a relative bargain.