On a recent pleasantly breezy Saturday evening at Amelia Island, Florida GearBox TV attended Automobili Lamborghini’s introduction of the first restoration from their newly minted PoloStorico or Historic Center. Alessandro Farmeschi, Chief Operating Officer, Automobili Lamborghini America began the presentation. He first outlined the strength and success of the contemporary Lamborghini brand, particularly in the U.S.
Signore Farmeschi also alluded to some of the historic challenges (particularly financial) that Lamborghini has faced. One must remember that Lamborghini sprang from the dream of a lowly but incredibly wealthy tractor manufacturer; Ferrucio Lamborghini. In the early 1960’s when he said he planned to build a world class Sportscar to compete with Ferrari, some suspected he might be mad. Then he built the most sophisticated factory of its type in the world.
His first efforts the 350 and 400GT were superbly engineered Sportscars, but Lamborghini wanted more. Much more. A rapid succession of ever more sophisticated models flowed from the drafting tables of his two brilliant young engineers Giampaolo Dallara and Giampaolo Stanzani, most essentially prototypes. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the model that spawned a brand new term in the automotive lexicon, “Super-Car.” The incomparable and stunningly beautiful mid-engine Lamborghini Muira was introduced at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
When Dallar and Stanzani penned the sophisticated race bred chassis on the Muira, it is doubtful the expected such a caprice to be approve for production. The chassis was based on state of the art race car engineering of the time, namely an ultra-lightweight mid-Engine two seater, powered by 4-litre 12 cylinder engine with a common sump for engine and transaxle. For a company with a history of dazzling the motor world with ever more sophisticated, and dare we say outrageous models, the Muira stands out as an icon of the motoring world.
Enrico Maffeo, head of PoloStorico outlined the challenges of gathering and meticulously cataloging parts, blueprints, historical items, and most importantly institutional knowledge. In the past customer requests for spares or restoration services were handled on a case by case basis with no specific mechanism for dealing with such things. Now under the management of Signore Maffeo owner of historic Lamborghinis are ensured of knowledge, spares, and restoration services to Lamborghini specifications.
The first restoration from Lamborghini PoloStorico was unveiled to the popping of champagne corks, and cheers of the assembled owners, factory representatives, and journalists. The 1971 Muira SV is finished in a stunning Verde Metallazata, or metallic green. In fact this particular Muira is a near one-off done for the Bertone stand at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show.
Maffeo said, “This is the year in which the Lamborghini Miura celebrates its 50th anniversary, This car not only illustrates the iconic appeal of the Miura, widely acknowledged as the forerunner of modern super sports models, but is also a perfect example of the expertise available in Lamborghini PoloStorico in providing the most authentic Lamborghini restorations.”
Here at GearBoxTV we are interested to see what other spectacular restorations emerge from Lamborghini’s Polo Storico, which will no-doubt be a huge benefit to owners of vintage Lamborghini’s.