The Lamborghini Miura is a triumph, a design masterstroke immune to passing time and changing tastes, the closest thing we’ve ever seen to purity of automotive form. The Lamborghini Aventador is… not. But the former debuted 50 years ago and left production in 1973, while the latter is still very much on sale, with a $400,000 minimum price of entry. And the Italians have bills to pay.
Hence, the new Aventador Miura Homage, unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. For the most part, it’s the usual special-edition fare. Redesigned wheels (20 inches front, 21 inches rear; matte silver or gold) and a limited interior palette (leather, black or earthtone), with a unique “Miura 50th” seatback embroidery. The big sell here is the throwback two-tone paint, a custom job that’s available in six combinations. The mint-on-silver and red-on-gold schemes are the ones to have. Obviously.
Lamborghini’s Ad Personam division will build 50 examples of the Aventador Miura Homage, each at an undisclosed markup over base price. (If you have to ask, etcetera.) No amount of retro flair will make the Aventador into a Miura. But a little bit certainly doesn’t hurt.