Hey, Duane here! With still no production date two years after placing my deposit on the new Fisker Karma, I considered purchasing a different vehicle in January 2010.
One possibility was the Bentley Continental GT, quite a striking automobile, but my good friend in California discounted the thought. He stating they were common in Palm Springs and suggested an Aston Martin instead.
Aston’s are indeed beautiful cars, but if passing on my dream of owning a Bentley, then I sought something even more stimulating. I recalled my 2008 and 2009 participation in the World Class Driving events. Of those exotic supercars driven, I specifically bonded with the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo. Between them, I found the sculptural Lamborghini more distinctive and sensual.
Truly an art form, the flowing arced lines form the fluid profile of the Gallardo. Offered in three versions, I found the coupe the most beautiful. Eliminated from my consideration was the Gallardo Superleggera, whose graphics and rear wing detracted from its artistic profile, and the stunning Gallardo Spyder looked awkward with the convertible top up. Besides, I already owned two convertibles, the Dodge Viper and Cadillac Eldorado.
I searched Lamborghini dealers nationwide but found no 2010 Gallardo coupes. All inventories featured unsold 2009 coupes in January 2010, due in part to the economy still swirling in the toilet.
Since Lamborghini dealers still stocked 2009 Gallardo coupes, I thought it possible to negotiate a significant discount. But no dealers stocking my color preference were very price negotiable. Apparently, I could not repeat my previous year’s success of purchasing a car at a substantial savings.
During my Lamborghini search, I found a used 2008 Gallardo with only 1750 miles featuring my exact options desired. It was the right color in orange pearl metallic with the right interior in black leather with both orange piping and orange stitching. This Gallardo featured the 6-speed single-clutch semi-automatic e-gear transmission with paddle shifters, rear back-up camera, navigation, and front lifting mechanism to avoid driveway scrapes.
2008 or 2009 Gallardo?
Minor changes to the front and rear fascia distinguished the 2008 and 2009 Gallardos. The 2009 front was more sculptural, but I preferred the dramatically aggressive rear fascia of the 2008. The 5.0L 520-hp V10 engine grew to 5.2L producing 560-hp for 2009. AWD all-wheel drive remained standard.
The price? The barely driven orange 2008 Gallardo was substantially less than the lowest price quoted for a new 2009 Gallardo in January 2010. The decision seemed obvious.
Lamborghini Gallardo at Carmel Artomobilia
Financing soon arranged, the orange 2008 Gallardo with 1750 miles arrived a week later in virtually new-car condition. The remainder of its Lamborghini warranty continuing for another 14 months. Ecstatic at the time, I still have no regrets.
Offering an exhilarating driving experience, my Gallardo hugs the winding back country roads through southern Indiana. The e-gear paddle shifters provide quick gearing changes, the high-revving 520-hp V10 engine sounds great, and the brakes grip firmly at any speed. In town, the orange Gallardo stands out at weekly Cars & Coffee gatherings. Subtle it is not! And that is one reason I drive it less in town.
The following year in 2011, I relived my past. Next Sunday, see what car purchased replicated my youth. Thanks, and always drive with allure!