Two Lamborghini supercars siezed
TWO Lamborghini supercars that were star attractions at the recent Sydney motor show have been seized after the Italian brand's Sydney dealer went into receivership.
The pair of V10-powered Gallardo, valued together at almost $1 million, are believed to have been claimed by the Hall Chadwick receivers as soon as the show finished.
Lamborghini Sydney, owned by Anthony and Donna Jean Gee, provided the cars before the dealership's parent company, Global Automotive Holdings, hit financial trouble.
A Lamborghini spokesman said ''Global Automotive Holdings shareholders are experiencing personal and unspecified financial issues'' which were not related to the manufacturer.
''With dealers in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, Automobili Lamborghini remains committed to the Australian market customers," he said.
Mr Gee said the process was subject to legal restrictions and he could not comment on the matter.
Mr Gee and his wife, Donna Jean Gee, sold their Audi Central Coast dealership in West Gosford in late September, just weeks before their Lamborghini dealership went bust.
Documents listed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission say the Bank of Queensland appointed receivers on October 26, two days before the Australian International Motor Show came to a close in Sydney.
Drive understands Hall Chadwick receivers agreed not to seize two convertible Lamborghini Gallardo supercars until after the show was closed to the public.
The Lamborghini stand also featured the one-off, $2 million carbon fibre Sesto Elemento concept and a left-hand-drive $750,000 Aventador coupe driven by Christian Bale in the blockbuster film The Dark Knight Rises, but neither were owned by Lamborghini Sydney and will return to Lamborghini headquarters and Warner Brothers films respectively.
Sources close to Lamborghini have suggested receivers will take possession of other cars.
A spokesman for Hall Chadwick said ''the receivers and managers are liaising with the relevant parties to identify and dispose of the company's assets'', but that ''receivers have advised that there is no current intention to repossess vehicles which were sold to customers''.
Customers concerned by the situation have contacted Fabio Zarfati, who runs the independent Lamborghini Sydney Service workshop, worried that they will no longer have a NSW dealer able to look after their vehicles.
A Lamborghini spokesman could not comment on specific arrangements but said customers would be looked after.
Mr Zarfati said exotic cars were a tough business and that Lamborghini would soon return to Sydney in an official form.
''This is not good for the customers,'' he said, ''it won't be too long before something is put right.''
Lamborghini Brisbane dealer principal Martin Roller said he had sold about 20 cars this year and that the supercar business had been strong north of the border.
''Lamborghini is a pretty strong brand and their products are pretty popular,'' he said.
''I didn't think anyone would go broke selling Lamborghinis.''