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A recent article dove into what it’s really like to own a Lamborghini. Two real-life Lambo owners allowed themselves to be interviewed, describing an experience that is exciting and fun but probably not for everyone.

 

Rare but not rare enough to be guaranteed classics

One of the first points that the two owners both hit on is the fact that buying their Lamborghinis as used cars has made a world of difference. Both of the men interviewed for the story are successful business owners and astute investors. And both were quick to point out that their love for Lamborghinis was not likely to produce good long-term financial results even under the most favorable circumstances.

The average American car loses half of its value in the first three years of its existence. Unfortunately, despite the fact that supercars like Lamborghinis are often produced in far smaller numbers than normal production vehicles, making them rare, at least by comparison, they are not immune from the laws of depreciation that govern almost all other cars. This means that the smart money will go ahead and buy Lamborghinis that are used, perhaps as old as 20 years, but that also have relatively low miles.

One of the people interviewed for the story, Viktor Aharon, was driving a 2006 Gallardo that only had 2,000 miles on it. He was able to acquire the car for just a fraction of what its replacement would cost new. But Aharon is still very realistic about the chances for his car’s value to go anywhere but down. The fact is that, even among Lamborghinis, only the rarest and most special models have a real chance at inflation-adjusted appreciation. These tend to be cars on the absolute top end of the manufacturer’s lineup, frequently being special editions or other models that are only produced in the single or double-digit numbers for the entire production run.

Another aspect of owning a Lamborghini that is explored in the article is the impracticality of the cars. Both owners admitted that driving their cars around town requires constant vigilance. Any speed bump or construction zone hit at too high a speed can instantly cause tens of thousands in damage. And the relatively cramped cockpit and virtual total absence of trunk space means that using a Lamborghini as a daily driver is completely out of the question for most.