April 2018 Issue 537 Phil falls under the spell of a wild bunch of Lamborghinis, confirming that life’s too short to be sensible
There’s something about the wild spirit of Lamborghini that challenges my convictions. Ask me what type of car I like, and I’ll describe a powerful, elegant grand tourer, all graceful lines, delicate details and easy-access rapid progress on all road types. But open the doors to my imaginary 10-car barn and you’ll find a Ferrari F40 and Lamborghini Miura in there. And unlike a couple of my choices that are nearest the door, ‘bought’ on a whim for a quick fix and soon to be sold on, these two are in there for the long term.
The Miura that I drive on the Lamborghini & Design Tour this issue has such a forceful personality that it’s hard not to fall hopelessly under the spell cast by that bodyshape, that engine and the visceral way that it drives. I even found myself revelling in its unashamedly show-off aura. Same goes for the Jalpa, LM002 and Huracán that completed a perfectly surreal day in Switzerland.
If this issue were a car dating site, a Bentley Continental R, Ferrari 456 or Aston Martin Virage would more likely pop up as a perfect match, and they certainly come much closer to my real-world budget. There’s a powerfully magnetic force about once hyper-exclusive grand tourers being accessible from as little as a sixth of their price new. The possibilities are enough to give me sleepless nights, as much for fear of expensive repairs as the thrill of ownership. But each one of them represents a chance to relive the youthful thrill of trying to run my first cars on a student grant. Only with higher stakes.
The safer option is of course to buy a better example and trade off the higher price against more manageable running costs, and as Sam Dawson reveals in the big test, some of our choices can prove almost sensible to own. Not as sensible as a modern turbodiesel family saloon, obviously, but if having an easy life were top of our priorities, you and I wouldn’t be so besotted with old cars, would we?
Enjoy the issue.
Phil does his best impression of the Miura’s cooling vent