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Lamborghini celebrates 10,000th Aventador with a unique model bound for Thailand

The Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey is one chapter in the nine-year Aventador story.

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The Lamborghini Aventador story stretches from 2011 to today, encompassing 10,000 models. The super luxury Italian automaker celebrated the landmark V12 model crossing the end of the production line this week in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

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The Aventador debuted in 2011 as a coupe, known as the Aventador LP 700-4. It had a carbon fiber monocoque produced in the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory combining the cockpit, floor, and roof of the car in a single structure improving structural rigidity. A new high-performance V12 engine was developed exclusively for the car. It reached 700 horsepower and sent a quickness benchmark getting from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and had a top speed of 217 mph.

The roadster version of the Aventador debuted in November 2012. The roof is comprised of two sections and made almost entirely of carbon fiber. Each section of the roof weighs less than 13 pounds.

Lamborghini Aventador J

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At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador J (as seen above) was revealed, showing an "open" super sports car with the exterior and interior combining into one structure. The roof and windscreen were gone. It was designed to travel at speeds over 186 mph.

Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage

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In 2016, the Aventador Miura Homage (as seen above) bowed as a special series coupe that paid homage to the Miura, the forerunner to Lamborghini's V12 super cars, and celebrated that model's 50th anniversary.

A new Lamborghini Aventador S was introduced later that year featuring a new exterior, revised suspension, additional power, and a thorough reworking of the company's driving dynamics. The "S" denotes enhanced versions of pre-existing Lamborghini models. Its 6.5-liter V12 delivered 40 horsepower more than the original and offered a new Ego driving mode, which offered customization of various drive dynamics and throttle settings.

Lamborghini Aventador  SVJ

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The Aventador SVJ (as seen above) was offered starting in 2018. "SV", as per tradition, stands for Superveloce, and the "J" stands for "Jota", which denotes the car's superiority on the track and in terms of performance. The car held the lap record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track and was limited to 900 units.

The SVJ 63, a special edition with a unique setup that features an extensive use of carbon fiber, was produced in only 63 examples to pay tribute to the year Automobili Lamborghini was founded: 1963.

Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey

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A one-off model, the Aventador S by Skyler Grey (as seen above), was unveiled last year, fusing together the concept of street art with the design of the Aventador. Artist Skyler Grey used the main techniques of street art – airbrushing, spray guns, rollers and stencils – to personalize the car body in his typical Pop style in orange and yellow. The car was painted in three weeks in Lamborghini's new paint shop.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Chassis 10,000

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Chassis number 10,000 is an Aventador SVJ Roadster (as seen above) that wears a Grigio Acheso (grey) paint job and Rosso Mimir (red) livery and Ad Personam interior in Rosso Alala (red) and black. The car is destined for the Thai market.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

Chevrolet

Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

Mecum

The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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