Concorso Italiano 2002 - Lamborghinis

2002 featured the introduction of the first new Lamborghini under the Audi era, the Murciélago. The clean surfaces and stylish lines of several Murciélagos graced the Lamborghini area along with dozens of Miuras, Diablos, Countaches, etc. I find the Murcie the best styled Italian exotic of the past 10 years. Is it perhaps ironic that Murciélago was styled by a Dutchman? While Pininfarina is off chasing baroque excess in recent Ferrari designs, Lamborghini is now discovering classical restraint in an apparent reversal of marketing priorities. It seems as if Ferrari is jettisoning classical beauty in favor of more exciting styling in the 360 Modena and upcoming Enzo to reinvigorate their line while Lamborghini is after 40 years perhaps shedding the outlandish, upstart image and seeking respect as a mature, established house. At least that's what their recent styling says to me.

Standing apart from their V-12 brethren, a pair of lonely red Lamborghini V-8 stepchildren find each others' company as a Jalpa joins a Uracco. Uracco is clearly a Giorgetto Giugiaro design, its delicate lines and balanced proportions quite a bit nicer than the full-bodied, perhaps even chunky, Jalpa in the foreground.

Two special Miuras were on display: a Shah of Iran Miura Jota light racer with no vent or light grilles, and an apparent show or custom car with non-standard interior, top and air intakes. An iridescent purple Miura Jota was on display at the Bonhams auction tent. Jotas are a rarity among the fantastic and already rare Miuras. There were "regular" Miuras, S and SV models also. In any form one of the all time mechanical and styling greats, I prefer Bertone's styling of the "standard" Miuras best. Some credit Giorgetto Giugiaro with designing the Miura during his time at Bertone.


A trio of yellow Diablos huddle outside the clubhouse.

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