The Lamborghini Factory Museum seems to follow the same maxim as Porsche’s old museum of “Small but good.”** But unlike the Germans, Lambo’s rotating exhibit space is the right size for a company whose milestones are exotic but decades apart.
The museum has almost everything a bucking bull fan could want. It has some of the company’s greatest hits like the Miura, Diablo, and Murciélago (although no Countach during this visit.) There were also some of the company’s beautiful but forgettable machines like the Islero and the Jarama. (To take a full tour with more explanations visit the slideshow in the full photo gallery.)
What is possibly the best part of this museum are the number of concept vehicles on display that cannot be found anywhere else. These glimpses into the future that could have been include:
–1988 P 140– an experiment into a lower priced V10 Lamborghini
–1997 P 147– a prototype to cheaply update the Diablo by keeping the car’s original roof doors and windshield.
–1997 Canto– A Zagato-boddied car that almost made production.
–2006 Miura Concept– a retro concept car built to celebrate the Miura’s 40th anniversary, and a car that many still want to see produced.
–2008 Estoque– The Lambo sedan that we all thought would make it to production.
Want to plan your own visit? Just visit the Lamborghini Factory Museum site for all the updated info, and then hop a plane to northern Italy.
By the way, if there is any doubt who owns Lamborghini, just check out the last picture in the full photo gallery of Lambo’s corporate parking lot.
**Those who visited Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart Zuffenhausen prior to 2009 found a museum that was smaller than most people’s homes but filled wall to wall with some of the greatest cars ever seen.