This year, Ferruccio Lamborghini would have been 100 years old. If he were British, this might be marked by a small notice in the paper or by a plaque on a park bench. But, of course, he was Italian, and not just any Italian, so to celebrate the occasion the company he founded in 1963 has produced its most powerful road car ever – a 760bhp wedge of evil, clothed entirely in moody-black carbon fibre.
It’s called Centenario, and no matter how nicely you ask, you can’t have one, because all 40 have already been sold – 20 coupes, 20 roadsters – at £1.7 million a pop. The most remarkable thing about this is that these customers handed over their millions based on a few sketches, and only laid eyes on their new toy at the same time as the rest of us, when the sheets were whipped off at the Geneva show.
Photography: Mark Riccioni & Alex Tapley
This feature was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Top Gear Magazine.