In 1980 Lamborghini wasn’t in a good way, in so far as it didn’t really have any money. To show its support for the Raging Bull, Bertone brought this thing to that year’s Turin Motor Show. Based on a Silhouette, and retaining its 260bhp 3.0-litre V8 and manual gearbox, the Athon was named for the Egyptian cult of the sun. Appropriate, given it has no roof to speak of.
Of course it never made production – it wouldn’t be in this gallery if it had – but the sole, fully-functioning show car survives. RM Sotheby’s sold it for just under €350,000 back in 2011. Other notable Lambo concepts of the Eighties include the four-door Portofino (a lengthened Jalpa with a Chrysler-designed body, shown just after the American company took ownership of Lambo in 1987), the V12-engined Genesis MPV and V10 P140.
Image: RM Sotheby’s