One very rare manual SV crashed near Malibu, CA owned by well-known collector Ben Chen.
Anyone who's been in a crash while behind the wheel of any high-end vehicle knows how terrible even the smallest of fender-bender feels. Now imagine the sick feeling you'd get after destroying the front end of an extremely rare Lamborghini Murcielago SV . That's what happened recently to this Lambo driver in California and witnesses captured the aftermath.
Details are sketchy at the moment, but Instagram user: steviesojacked uploaded a picture of the crashed white Lamborghini Murcielago SV this past Sunday. We've all seen supercars post-crash before, but this is no regular Lambo - in fact it's one of only 13 Murcielago LP670-4SV's with a manual 6-speed gated shifter. A total of just 181 Murcielago SV's were available worldwide.
The driver was apparently in Westlake Village, California, which is located about 30 kilometres north of Malibu. What led to the 2010 Murcielago's demise is unclear, but based on social media posts, it looks like no one was injured, which is always good to hear. Owner Ben Chen, a U.S. businessman who already owns his share of pricey exotics - everything from a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Pur Blanc, Bugatti EB110 and a rare Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR - surely can't be too thrilled about the incident. No official word on who was driving at the time, the causes or if charges have been laid.
It's also unclear if the Lambo is salvageable, although considering nothing past the front wheels (besides the windshield) looks damaged, it may just be roadworthy again one day and still command top dollar being so rare.
The Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4SV gated 6-speed is only going up in value as Lamborghini no longer offers manual transmissions.
According to an old eBay listing, this car sold for $205,300 (approx. $270,000 CAD), which means that with time, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4SV gated 6-speed is only going up in value as Lamborghini no longer offers manual transmissions.
Owner of another Murcielago SV 6MT who operates Cats Exotics in Lynnwood, Washington claims values just went up and coincidentally is also selling a fine Verde Ithaca green Murcielago LP640-4 with the gated stick. In fantastic condition - this manual car only has 8,253 original miles (13,282 kilometres) on the odometer, and was optioned-out to a cost of $380,995 USD brand new!
The standard specs are nothing to scoff at, of course. A 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine resides under the hood (this is one of the last 12-cylinder manual Lamborghinis available), which produces 640 horsepower. The Cats Exotics model comes with all sorts of upgrades, including a navigation system, special paint, upgraded leather, a carbon package, and black Hermera wheels.
Considering just how rare the manual Murcielago is, we're hoping the white SV manages to make its way back on the road one day.