To Stimpy’s comments…I totally agree, the money Lamborghini makes on selling new model vehicles and parts for them far out weighs what they might make on converting far, far less than 100 cars. Just the sales of parts and repairs on new cars for insurance purposes is easily more that what can be made for converting a few Murcielagos to manual. But Lamborgini will happily sale you the parts to take that task upon yourself.
, I do get your point about the post conversion values, but I don’t believe that a Gallardo’s post manual conversion value can be compared to that of a Murcielago’s. To start with, the production numbers of 14,000 Gallardos compared to only 4099 Murcielagos; there are already more manual Gallardos available, combined with the fact they were/are the less expensive car. The cars that I’ve seen having these heavy modifications are usually vehicles that have had a collision, so the resale value is going to be less for that reason too (not saying that this is the case with the vehicle you are refering to). To me, it would be a waste converting a Gallardo to a manual transmision when it seems there’s always several manual cars available for sale (although like you stated…have gone up in asking price).
, the value of these (very low production) vehicles is going to continue to go up regardless of the factory configuration, and the rareest of those configations will always be worth more than the others (IMHO). I can say that I was surpriesed at what Stimpy’s car sold for a few months ago. His car went for less than what I thought it would have, as a very well maintaned, presented and popular example; which I attribute to just the timing. I think that maybe a matter of a week or maybe even just a few days would have chaged the sale by + $100k.
I found out that a manual Murcielago wasn’t a “must have” for me due to my available budget (I couldn’t afford an EGear at the time for that mater…), but once I had looked into converting an (EGear) car over, it gave me some ease in my decision. I was patience and found a car with everything I was looking outside of being manual. The timing worked about perfectly as one could hope for (outside of the delivery). Shortly after delivery of the car, I’m searching ebay one day just seeing what’s out there and low and behold...a used, low milage Murcielago manual transmission. I had searched regularly on ebay beforing buying the car and had not found a one. Timing and patience…