Ultra-Rare Lamborghini Motorcycle Fails to Sell at Auction

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
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Got $120k to spare?

Remember when Lamborghini tried to make motorcycles? No, we’re not talking about Ducati, which is technically owned by Audi through its subsidiary Lamborghini (with Volkswagen hovering over the entire family tree). Through most of the ’80s, Lamborghini was under the ownership of French businessman (and later, contemporary artist) Patrick Mimran. Under Mimran’s guidance, Lamborghini saw a period of resurgence including a brief expansion into non-automotive products.

One such project was the Lamborghini Design 90, introduced in 1986 and produced by Boxer Bikes (now known as Boxer Design). The Toulouse-based builder produced six concepts using Kawasaki engines (of various displacements) and an aluminum frame designed by Claude Fior all wrapped in a fiberglass fairing.

Lamborghini and Boxer accepted about 50 orders (at a price of US$13,500 each), but the project was soon shelved and Mimran sold the company to Chrysler in 1987.

ultra rare lamborghini motorcycle fails to sell at auction

This past weekend, one of those original concepts (the frame number identifies it #2) landed on the auction block in the U.K. with a starting price of £42,500 (US$58,800) and an estimated target price between £85,000 and £90,000 (US$117,700 to US$124,600). Powered by a 997cc Kawasaki engine, the bike had just one owner who had put on about 4,500 miles on it.

Unfortunately for the seller, the reserve price was not met, so the Lamborghini Design 90 remain unsold.

But if you’re a Lamborghini enthusiast or a connoisseur of Italian motorcycles (or at least, of Italian-ish bikes via France and Japan) and have the cash to spare, you’re still in luck!

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