By David Thomas on November 6, 2008
Lamborghini Orange County, in Santa Ana, Calif., which reportedly sold 10% of all Lamborghinis worldwide, closed its doors yesterday. The surprising part about this news is that the failure of the dealership — unlike the Chevy, Ford and other dealers shutting their doors in California — isn’t because of the dismal economy. In fact, the dealership’s owner recently said business was better than ever.
Speculation and rumors are swirling around the business that caters to stars like Kobe Bryant. The dealership hosted lavish parties for its customers in the past, and “unfortunate business decisions” were mentioned by Lamborghini America’s CEO.
There was no answer at the dealer’s phone number, and customers have no direction as to where to get service or even on the status of cars on order. In the exotic game, cars are often paid for in advance so they can be custom-built overseas before being shipped to the U.S. Even down payments for a Lamborghini must be huge, and they too could be gone. Sorry, Kobe.
Lamborghini O.C., largest dealer of exotic cars, closes (OC Register)
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