When it comes to thrills on wheels, few companies carry it off like Lamborghini, offering a blend of visual and dynamic excitement. However, there have been many occasions during the first four decades of Lamborghini’s existence when it appeared that the company had breathed its last. Its cars were so exclusive, so exciting and so unattainable, that the sums simply didn’t add up. Indeed, it was only thanks to the success of his tractor-building empire that Ferruccio Lamborghini could even think about producing supercars in the first place.
A glamorous addition to a popular series, Haynes Great Cars Series Lamborghini celebrates four of Lamborghini’s most sensational models: Miura, Countach, Diablo and Murciélago. While Lamborghini’s V12 two-seaters have always featured jaw-dropping designs, they’ve frequently been highly innovative too. Although the Miura wasn’t the first ever production mid-engined car, it was the first time it had been used for something so astonishingly fast and so achingly beautiful too. When the Countach superseded the Miura, this was perhaps the most aggressive and least practical supercar the world had ever seen. By the time the Diablo appeared in 1990, the car was fabulous but struggled to differentiate itself from its rivals. Just when the rivals thought they had caught up, the Murciélago of 2001 moved the goalposts once more.
Superbly illustrated throughout, Haynes Great Cars Series Lamborghini also covers some less predictable topics, looking beyond the obvious and is backed up with both sumptuous studio photography and rarely seen period images. Delve inside to discover such oddities such as the amphibious Lambo plus a complete history of each of the four model ranges, concepts and replicas, plus design, testing, production and technical specs. Haynes Great Cars Series Lamborghini is an essential purchase for every discerning Lamborghini enthusiast.
Richard Dredge (Haynes Publishing)
Publication: 23rd July 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84425 300 5
Author: Richard Dredge is a freelance journalist and author. He has also written Volvo (Haynes Classic Makes Series) and You & Your BMW 3-series. He lives in Worcestershire.Published 7 September 2007