The LM002 off-roader was born out of the failed Cheetah project. Just 328 were produced between 1986 and 1993
This one-off Diablo roadster concept was built in 1992
The 1964 V12 Lamborghini 350GT - it's rumoured only 120 were built
The 1968 Islero 2+2 was another short-lived and small-selling model
Based on a shortened Espada, the 1970 Jarama was more of a GT model
Lamborghini's Urraco was in production from 1972-1979 using progressively smaller engines as the oil crisis hit the car market
The classic Countach went on sale in 1974, three years after the concept was shown. It lasted until 1988
Lamborghini went bankrupt in 1978. By 1980 it had re-worked the Silhouette into the relatively successful Jalpa
The 455bhp V12 Lamborghini Countach 25th Edition ran for two years, selling 658 units
This, the P132, is regarded as the first real Diablo prototype. The production car was launched in 1990
The Canto was designed by Zagato as a replacement for the Diablo. It progressed to production but was stopped after Audi arrived
Marcello Gandhini's 'Acosta' was proposed as a Diablo replacement in 1997. It was rejected by the company
Extraordinary rear view of Gandhini's Acosta concept, which used the same windscreen, roof and door frames as the Diablo
The 1992 Diablo GT2 prototype, which was said to have over 600bhp
The 663bhp SV version of the Murciélago, which was produced under Audi ownership to replace the Diablo
The Miura concept was revealed in 2006 on the 40th anniversary of the original. It was built on the Murciélago chassis.
Costing 1.1million euros (before taxes) the mostly carbonfibre Reventon claimed to hit 62mph in 3.4sec
Sesto Elemento's name is a reference to the atomic number of carbon
The 570bhp hypercar weighs just under a tonne
The 1989 Lola-Laousse LC 89 F1 was powered by a 625bhp Lamborghini engine
L804-V4 motor is used for off-shore power-boat racing. The 8.2-litre V12 develops 1100bhp
For a company that has manufactured so few cars in its 51-year history, the Lamborghini back catalogue is surprisingly diverse.
At the recent unveiling of the Huracán at the company’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, bosses revealed that between 1963 and 2002 the company made just 10,000 cars, an average of just 250 per year. Between 2003 and 2013, however, it made over 20,000 cars (of which 14,000 were Gallardos), an average of 1800 cars per year.
Last year Lamborghini sold 2121 cars, including 1000 of the increasingly popular Aventador and 1120 Gallardos – impressive for a car that was in its 10th year.
So, even though half of all the cars ever made by Lamborghini are Gallardos, the company museum – located at the factory – is stuffed full of fascinating models that chart the company history since 1963. Perhaps the most interesting are three wild concepts that were attempts at replacing the Diablo, when Lamborghini was struggling to stay in the game.
Ironically, it was approaching Audi in 1997 in search of a new drivetrain for a proposed ‘small’ Lamborghini that led to the company being taken over by Audi. It was a break that clearly saved the Italians from oblivion.