RM Sotheby's held the The European Sale auction online this week in place of a live auction it would have normally held in Germany.
Among the hundreds of cars that were on the block, 100 were from a single collection owned by retired businessman and race car driver Marcel Petitjean of Strasbourg, France.
The collection included eight Lamborghinis from various points in the brand's storied history. But there were also less familiar Lamborghini models as well. All told, the eight sales brought in nearly $2 million. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400
Sold for: €715,000 ($808,000)
The Lamborghini Miura is generally regarded as the first modern supercar. There had been some race cars with the engine mounted right behind the seats before it, but the Miura put that concept into a car intended for public roads.
Designed by Marcello Gandini of the Turin, Italy, firm Gruppo Bertone, the Miura is often cited as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. And its 4.0-liter V12 engine helped make it the fastest factory production car of its day, according to RM Sotheby's. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)
1970 Lamborghini Islero 400 GTS
Sold for: €225,000 ($254,000)
The V12-powered Islero represented the final step in the evolution of Lamborghini's first models, the 350 GT and the 400 GT.
Only 260 Isleros were ever built and only 100 of them were the more powerful GTS variety. It was the only Lamborghini model of this era not designed by Gandini. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)
1971 Lamborghini Espada Series II by Bertone
Sold for: €96,800 ($109,000)
The Espada was essentially a family supercar with lots of cargo space and relatively roomy back seats. It had the same V12 engine that the Miura had, but it was mounted in front under the hood.
The Espada also sold in higher numbers than the Miura. In fact, it was the most successful Lamborghini model ever sold until the introduction of the Countach in 1974. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)
1971 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT
Sold for: €66,000 ($75,000)
The Jarama was introduced in the early 1970s to meet new safety and emissions requirements in the United States, a crucial market for any luxury automaker.
Only 327 of the V12-powered Jaramas were ever made. The Jarama would become the last front-engined Lamborghini model to be introduced until the Urus SUV in 2018. (Photo by Dirk de Jager/RM Sotheby's)
1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250 S
Sold for: €58,300 ($66,000)
The Urraco, with its back seats and V8 engine, was intended as a more accessible and practical alternative to the Miura. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)
1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S
Sold for: €451,000 ($509,000)
The Countach is the car that has defined Lamborghini style ever since its introduction in the early 1970s. Also designed by Bertone's Gandini, it was intended as a replacement for the Miura.
The V12 engine behind the seats was mounted lengthwise rather than side-to-side. That meant the seats had to move further forward, giving the car its radical proportions. "Maybe I shouldn't say this, but nothing better has been done since," Gandini said in a 2019 interview with CNN. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)
1986 Lamborghini Jalpa
Sold for: €66,000 ($75,000)
The V8-powered Jalpa was conceived as a more affordable and manageable alternative to the ferocious Countach. Today, it's one of the more affordable classic Lamborghinis. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)
1991 Lamborghini Diablo
Sold for: €126,000 ($142,000)
Introduced in 1990, the Diablo was Lamborghini's long overdue replacement for the Countach, a model that had been in production in 1974.
The Diablo's initial design was again by Gandini, but it was reworked by Chrysler Corp. designer Tom Gale. (Chrysler had purchased Lamborghini in 1987 and sold it in 1994.)
Powered by a 492-horsepower V12, the Diablo was the first Lamborghini capable of going more than 200 miles an hour. (Photo by Diana Varga/RM Sotheby's)