There’s something special about an old Lamborghini. We could say that old quote by Frank Sinatra, but there’s more to a Lamborghini than “being somebody.”
There’s something unique about a vintage Lamborghini. They’ve always been more adventurous stylistically than their Italian compatriots. Yet let’s not fool around: they’re also powerful, fast supercars.
If you’ve always wanted to own an old Lamborghini, you’ve got a lot of great models to choose from. In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the most-wanted Lamborghini models and what buying them and owning them is actually like.
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The Lamborghini Miura
Few cars are more iconic than the Lamborghini Miura. Made famous for its starring role in The Italian Job, it is, perhaps, the most beautiful car ever made. It’s certainly the most beautiful old Lamborghini.
Featuring E-Type Jag looks and a powerful 3.9-liter V12 engine, this car was a powerhouse at the time. The engine created 365 horsepower, and the car’s top speed was a whopping 171 mph. It wasn’t slow off the start either — it could hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
Its speed is only one facet of what makes the car so great. Its inspired engineering was revolutionary for the time. The body panels featured aluminum as well as steel, which kept the car light and quick.
The chassis, too, was a piece of engineering genius. The engine was mounted in such a way that it almost bonded to transmission and differential, making the most of the compact design. The engine, by the way, was mounted in the car’s midsection, which was very rare at the time.
Buying a Lamborghini Miura
As the classic Lamborghini, buying a Miura is not an easy feat. These cars are quite rare, with many examples that go under the hammer today having been owned by celebrities and royalty.
If you want to buy one, you should budget around $500,000. These are far from cheap cars, as supply outstrips demand by a huge margin. If you’re interested in a project car, you may be able to get one for less than $100,000, but finding spare parts can be tricky.
What is it like to own and drive a Miura? Fun, if temperamental. These cars are best used for special occasions, and by God, you’ll look amazing in one.
The Lamborghini Countach
While the Miura may be the most famous old Lamborghini, it isn’t the one with the most poster appeal. By poster appeal, we mean the car that you had on your bedroom wall as a child and grew up longing to own. The Countach, to all those who grew up in the 1970s and 80s, is the definitive poster car.
Looking at the Countach, the first thing that strikes you are its dramatic looks. The car’s wedge shape is a massive change from the rounded curves of the Miura that came a decade before.
While the Countach isn’t the first wedge-shaped Italian sports car (that title goes to the Lancia Stratos Zero), the Countach made the style as popular and as famous as it is today. Its passenger compartment, which designers shoved forward, is another fantastic addition. It means that when you’re inside the Countach, you feel like you’re in a fighter jet.
The engine is something special, too. It’s got a 3.9-liter V12 as the Miura did, and it makes the most of this (by modern standards) small engine. The fastest variant of the Countach had a top speed of 183 mph and a still respectable 0-60 of 4.7 seconds.
Owning a Countach
What is it like to own a Lamborghini Countach in the 21st century? Like the Miura, finding a Countach is hard work in itself. Only 1997 cars were made over more than 20 years, and careless owners will have written off a number of these.
If you can find one, then be prepared to have your checkbook ready. These babies go for $300,000 or more today.
As for owning one, well, let’s be clear — the Countach will be perhaps the most enjoyable car that you’ll ever drive.
The Lamborghini Espada
Is the Countach not quite doing it for you? Do you want something that marries the curves of the 60s with the sleek and angular designs of the 1970s and 80s? Then the Lamborghini Espada is the car that you’re looking for.
This is the most unique car that Lamborghini has ever produced, and as you might have guessed from this list, that’s quite a statement. What makes this car so interesting is that it eschews the two-seater design. Instead, it’s stretched out to a four-seater, like a 1970s version of the Maserati Quattroporte.
Inspired by the Jaguar Pirana, this car is fun, fast, and best of all, actually practical. If you love cars and have a family, why not take them all out for a spin in this incredible machine?
It features the same 3.9-liter V12 as the other two models on this list, but due to the extra heft, it’s not quite as fast. The car has a 0-60 of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 152 mph.
The interior is luxuriant, to say the least. Its seats are heavily padded and comfortable. It’s less of a fighter jet and more of a Gulfstream experience.
Owning an Espada
What’s it like to buy one of these cars? The Espada is rare for an old Lamborghini. However, it’s not as sought after as the others, and you can usually find one for a lower price.
It beats a Mercedes or a BMW estate car any day.
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