1980 BERTONE Lamborghini Athon
Lamborghini Athon - Bertone design you can't buy, Why?
Because only one has been made in 1980.
The car which is fully functional has been test driven for over 40,000 km (25,000 miles).
BERTONE Athon interior
The Lamborghini Athon was not just a concept car designed by Bertone Studio for Lamborghini, but also a fully functional pre-production prototype.
It was presented for the first time at the 1980 Turin Motor Show, the Lamborghini Athon shared the mechanicals with the 1974 BERTONE Bravo and was intended to be a top-less two-seater for "open air" motoring.
It featured a 3-liter transverse mid-mounted 90° V-8 DOHC engine that produced 260 bhp @ 7,500 PRM and was mated to a five-speed gearbox.
The car never made it into production, in large part because of the Lamborghini's financial problems at that time.
This particular vehicle was acquired by BERTONE after it was retired from "durability testing" and was part of the BERTONE Museum Collection until 2011.
The car was sold during auction in May 2011 which was part of Bertone Museum asset liquidation ordered by Italian Bankruptcy court.
This Lamborghini Athon was estimated to have an auction price
value of around US$213,000 to US$312,000 by RM Auctions.
How much did it sell for?
Following Products were installed in 1980:
|Type||90° Aluminum L240 V8
DOHC per bank
|Valves||2 per cylinder|
|Bore/Stroke||86mm x 64.5mm|
|Carburation||4 Twin-throat Webers
|Max power||260bhp @ 7,500rpm|
|Torque||237 ft/lbs @ 4,000rpm|
|Gearbox||5-speed + reverse
|Clutch||Single dry plate
|Suspension||Independent, coil springs and
telescopic shock absorbers
|Brakes||Girling ventilated discs
|Wheels||Campagnolo cast magnesium
Front: 15" x 8"
Rear: 15" x 11"
|Front Tires||195/50 VR 15 Michelin|
|Rear Tires||275/40 VR 15 Michelin|
|Overall Length||3775 mm||147.2 in|
|Overall Width||1900 mm||74.1 in|
|Overall Height||1050 mm||41.0 in|
|Wheelbase||2275 mm||88.7 in|
|Front Track||1488 mm||58.0 in|
|Rear Track||1555 mm||60.6 in|
|Weight||1085 kg||2390 lbs|
|Fuel Tank||80 L||21 gal|
|Top speed||275 km/h (170 mph)|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph in 7.3 sec|
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