As the Miura celebrates its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini facelifts the company's museum
To coincide with its 50th anniversary celebrations for the Miura, Automobili Lamborghini has officially opened its revamped museum at the company’s Sant’Agata Bolognese headquarters, near Bologna.
Lamborghini’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, performed the inauguration of the new museum – complete with fighter jet flypast – which then served as the start point for the Miura 50th Anniversary Tour: 20 Miuras from around the World took a 500km route that wound through Emilia, Liguria and Tuscany to commemorate their cars’ Very Important Birthday. The convoy also stopped at Dallara Automobili to meet Gian Paolo Dallara, who along with Paolo Stanzani was one of the fathers of the Miura.
The original Museo Lamborghini opened in 2001 and has now been completely rejuvenated. On display are all the main Lamborghini road car models, including its very first, the 350 GT from 1963, and its most unusual, the 1977 Cheetah concept, forerunner of the modern SUV movement and father of the LM002.
Currently there’s also a special display for the Miura that includes the only factory-built roadster model.
Lamborghini’s competition history may not be as rich as Ferrari’s and yet the company’s Super Trofeo competition machines create an awesome specatacle; the race display is also a reminder of the Lamborghini V12-powered F1 cars, both from Lamborghini and Lotus.
The roar of Aventador and Huracán engines greets vistors as they come into reception and throughout the museum there are plenty of interactive activities that give a feel for what driving some of the world’s most spectacular supercars must be like.
The final section of the museum has an exhibition providing insight into the work of Lamborghini Centro Stile, the company’s design division; there you can witness how a design evolves and perhaps get an idea of where Lamborghini heads from here.
Words: Brett Fraser