Leasing your Lamborghini
Premier’s Love Affair with Lamborghini
Lamborghini’s brand mark, a charging bull, was perfect from the beginning: company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s zodiac sign was Taurus, the bull. And, perhaps the founder wished to frighten Ferrari’s prancing horse?
Today, the symbol fits the collector market’s bullish view on Lamborghini. While classic Lamborghinis have historically been more accessible than Ferraris, values have been rising; the landmark Miura mid-engine supercar was the marque’s first to break the million-dollar barrier. That makes leasing a classic or contemporary Lamborghini through Premier Financial Services (PFS) all the more attractive. The company’s lease portfolio chronicles the marque’s 50+ year history, from a 1963 350 GT to the latest Huracan.
Although the marque had a bumpy ride through the 1970s and 1980s, stewardship under Audi since 1998 has produced a stunning succession of supercars with design and performance characteristics quite distinct from Ferrari’s. A look at Lamborghini shows marked contrasts to its archrival — in design, engineering and persona.
It all began with farm equipment
In the aftermath of WWII, Signor Lamborghini built his wealth on manufacturing tractors and, later, heating and refrigeration. The myth that he decided to build GT cars following an argument with Enzo Ferrari was just that, a myth. But the industrialist knew the benchmark well: A V-12 engine, still a rarity in a postwar production car, was a must to take on Ferrari, and so was design from one of Italy’s renowned coachbuilders.
Lamborghini built a state-of-the-art factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese in northern Italy. And though the new marque did not spring from auto racing, as Ferrari did, development came at the hands of race-minded designers and engineers, including Ferrari’s former chief engineer, Giotto Bizzarrini, and a relative newcomer, Gianpaolo Dallara, who went on to design F1 and Indy racecars.
The 350 GTV prototype that Lamborghini unveiled in 1963 looked sensational – and unlike any Ferrari. The production version, the 350 GT with coachwork by Touring, though toned down from the original design, made clear that Lamborghini would chart its own course. The marques early vibe was more Aston Martin grand tourer than track-oriented sports car. Much like Ferrari, though, hand-built production was severely limited. Only 120 350 GT’s were manufactured, then about 270 of its revision, the 400 GT with a 3.9-liter V-12 and a “+2” rear seat.
One 400 GT owner was Paul McCartney, flush with cash from The Beatles having basically taken over the world. In 1966, the group released its milestone “Revolver” album, and Lamborghini shook the car world with its P400 Miura, a mid-engine 350-hp V-12 supercar. Penned by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini, the Miura was more road missile than road car. In addition to starting the marque’s tradition of naming cars for fighting bulls, the Miura defined “sexy” for cars.
The Miura surely must have shaken Ferrari, although Maranello’s response, the Berlinetta Boxer, did not arrive until the Countach succeeded the Miura in 1973. That Ferrari was not offered in the U.S.
Lamborghini also produced a succession of memorable front-engine GTs through mid 1970s: the starkly elegant Islero, the four-seat Espada and the 2+2 Jarama. Production remained very low for all: just 225 for Islero and about a hundred more than that for the Jarama. The Espada was, until the 1980s, the most prolific model with just over 1,200 made. Each makes an excellent entry point for collectors seeking Italian design and V-12 performance, and they’re all ideal candidates for a Premier lease.
Lamborghini’s Uracco introduced in 1972 beat Ferrari to market with a mid-engine V8 “junior supercar.” But it was the wedge-on-wheels V-12 Countach that sent shockwaves. Where the Miura was sensual, the Countach seemed brutal. And for Lamborghini, it was a turning point: no more front-engine GTs.
The Countach arrived with poor timing, however, hurt by the Arab oil embargo and economic downturn. Lamborghini’s bankruptcy in the late 1970s led to a chain of owners, including the Mimran brothers, who started things back on track and even launched a controversial 3-ton V-12-powered SUV, the LM002. Chrysler came next and replaced the Countach with the Diablo, which in 1993 put the company on its path to all-wheel drive supercars. (Ferrari’s first AWD car, the FF, arrived in 2011.)
Chrysler sold Lamborghini to an Indonesian consortium, which then sold to Audi in 1998. Audi codified Lamborghini’s direction: mid-engine, all-wheel drive supercars with a design language seemingly inspired by the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, a.k.a. “stealth fighter” – all angles, no curves. The Diablo was followed by the Murcielago and then Aventador. The “entry” model, the V10-powered Gallardo, became its most prolific car to date with some 14,000 built before the Huracan swept in.
Brimming with confidence, the marque has also issued a string of hyper-limited hypercars, including the Reventon, Sesto Elemento and Veneno. Their production runs could make some classic Ferraris look downright common.
Contemporary Lamborghinis are among the fastest cars on Earth, the classic models among the rarest. When you find your dream Lamborghini, having the resources of PFS available can make the difference between putting it in your garage and letting it slip away.
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Leasing a Lamborghini with Premier’s Simple Lease
When you’re ready to drive home that new, late-model or classic Lamborghini and add it to your collection, your first call should be to Premier Financial Services. Premier has written more than 1,000 Lamborghini leases and has worked with Lamborghini dealers across the country. Our portfolio has included some great vintage and unique models. Here’s a sampling of models leased through Premier Financial Services:
Vintage & Classic Lamborghinis
|2016 Huracan LP580-2||1963 350 GTV|
|2015 Huracan LP610-4||1966 GT 2+2|
|2014 Aventador LP570-4||1968 Islero|
|2012 LP700||1968 Espada|
|2009 LP560-4||1972 Urraco|
|2008 Gallardo Superleggera||1966 Miura|
|2007 Reventon||1970 Jarama|
|2007 LP640||1974 Countach|
|2004 Gallardo||1976 Silhouette|
|2002 Murcielago||1981 Jalpa|
|1990 Diablo||1988 LM002|
The Premier Difference
Premier can do more than just finance your Lamborghini, we also specialize in finding resources for appraisals, transportation, restoration and more through partnerships with world-class organizations such as Cosdel International who assists with the importation and exportation process during international transactions.
In 1997, Premier Financial Services began helping clients obtain their dream vehicles through our PFS Simple Lease program, earning us the distinction as the nation’s leading lessor of exotic, vintage, highline and luxury motorcars. Our standard of excellence is unsurpassed in the industry, largely due to our committed team of specialists who are ready to assist you every step of the way. Contact us today and make the car you dream about a genuine reality.