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Lamborghini LP640

Our Lambo visited the bodyshop this month, and it was a reminder how much replacement parts can cost on a supercar

Can’t deny I missed the LP640 while it was away receiving some much-needed TLC recently. A thorough inspection and an interim service at Lamborghini Manchester came first, and thankfully it revealed only fairly minor faults, including split track-rod-end boots – not surprising given the hard track use the car has endured in the past year.

Next the bodywork came in for some attention. At over £200 a litre, Lamborghini’s pearlescent paint isn’t cheap, and apparently it’s not the easiest stuff to apply either, so full marks go to Audi dealer Smith Knight Fay of Stockport (01613 350724) who did a brilliant job of repairing the LP640’s badly cracked carbonfibre front spoiler and other less affected panels such as the rear undertray and bumper. Replacing these just wasn’t an option as a new spoiler alone would be not far short of the price of a new Fiat 500 Abarth. Yep, about 13 grand!

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Thankfully the clutch is still hanging in there. It’s getting a little heavier – a sure sign on a Murciélago that it’s not long for this world – but it’s done well and, with a bit of luck, it may last another six months or so. When it does expire that’ll be another five grand… Come to think of it, for the price of a front spoiler and a clutch it would be possible to snap up a new Fiat 500 and an original 1970s one too!

Running Costs

Date acquiredAugust 2007
Total mileage18,044
Costs this month£1640 (service), £2440 (paintwork)
Mileage this month221
MPG this month12.5
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