Friday, 28 October 2011

Lamborghini Athon

Part of the recent Bertone fire-sale was the Lamborghini Athon, a beautiful representation of what was futuristic in the eighties. It was based on the chassis of the lesser-spotted Silhouette, its 2.6-litre V8 offering 260bhp. However, the real draw of Marc Deschamps' design was the fabulously detailed interior - the weird satellite controls and digital readouts seemed, interestingly, to inform the design language of Citroën in the years following, while the knife-handle gear-lever provided a touch of retro kitsch in the sea of brown leather.
The Athon sold at Villa d’Este this year for €347,200; given that it's the only one in existence, that's probably not a bad deal.

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