Behind the scenes: Night at the Lamborghini Museum

Granted special access after closing time, we had a snoop around Lamborghini's historic collection under darkness

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Night at the Lamborghini Museum

Lamborghini's museum is located at the heart of its HQ in Sant’Agata, Italy, highlighting the marque’s strong connection to its past.

Over 100,000 people a year make the pilgrimage to the Lamborghini museum, making it the star attraction of Sant’Agata. That does mean it can get a bit crowded. Luckily for us, Lamborghini granted special access inside the museum long after it had closed for a look around in the dead of night. Here's what we found…

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350 GT

It all starts with Lamborhgini’s very first production model, the 350 GT. Supposedly built to spite Enzo Ferrari after Ferruccio Lamborghini had a disagreement with him over dinner, this beautiful GT car was the result.

Powered by a 3.5-litre V12 engine, this Lamborghini’s rebellion against the establishment started a domino effect which continues today.

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Marzal

Lamborghini is famed for its extreme designs, but the Marzal is a real highlight even amongst other iconic shapes. This four-seat gullwing Lamborghini concept car made its debut at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show as a precursor to the Espada.

The concept car is based on an elongated Miura chassis and features a six-cylinder engine, again derived from the Miura supercar.

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Espada

Speaking of the Lamborghini Espada, this handsome blue example of the brand’s four-seat GT car is in ‘as new’ condition, thanks to time spent at Lamborghini’s in-house restoration service, Polo Storico.

It really is a beautifully elegant car, one that harks back to an era of fast yet practical transportation that predates today’s trend of SUVs.

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LM002

The Lamborghini LM002 is already special in its standard trim. But this Countach-engined 4x4 is extra special. Finished in a shade of gold at its original owner’s request, this is the world’s only right-hand drive LM002, with only 800 miles covered from new.

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Miura SV

What Lamborghini Museum would be complete without its most famous model? The Lamborghini Miura is arguably the world’s first supercar and today survives as an automotive icon. This pristine SV example is particularly handsome, wearing a vivid shade of yellow. Just 150 SV examples were produced.

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Miura engine

As eye-catching as a complete Miura is, the Lamborghini Museum proudly displays the beating heart of this car as a standalone piece. Originally designed by Giotto Bizzarrini for the 350 GT, the engine was enlarged to 4.0-litres for the Miura. It is famously mounted transversely in the petite supercar.

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Countach 25th Anniversary Edition

The Lamborghini Countach is one of the most instantly recognisable cars from the Raging Bull’s history. This silver example is particularly significant as it’s a 25th Anniversary Edition from 1988 that served to mark the milestone. It is also said to be the fastest variant of the Countach, with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 183mph.

The body was restyled by none other than Horacio Pagani, who today builds his own extreme supercars.

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Diablo GTR

Sat next to its modern-day Huracan racing sibling, this Diablo GTR is a fascinating beast. Designed for the one-make Lamborghini Super Trofeo in 1999, this 590bhp supercar is stripped of luxuries and fitted with a roll cage that also stiffens the chassis. A more aggressive body increases downforce and boosts cooling to the V12 engine.

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Sesto Elemento

Heading upstairs brings you into the Lamborghini's modern era, greeted by the track-only Sesto Elemento from 2010. Its name translates as ‘sixth element’ as a reference carbon's place in the periodic table, of which it uses extensively to achieve a weight of just 999kg. A 5.2-litre V10 engine allows for a 562bhp output. Just 20 Lamborghini Sesto Elementos were ever built.

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Veneno

One of the rarest and most extreme Lamborghinis in the museum, only five examples of the Veneno were made in coupé form. Based on the Aventador, it packs 740bhp and more extreme concept car looks. Each car cost $4,500,000 when new.

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Aventador SVJ

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is currently the fastest road production car to ever lap the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife. Presented alongside the 759bhp production model is the actual prototype car that completed said record breaking lap.

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Centenario

Built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth, the Centenario uses the Aventador as its base. It was used a test bed for future Lamborghini technologies such as rear-wheel steering, a new infotainment system with advanced telemetry, and a 55kg weight saving thanks to the used of additional carbonfibre.

Just 20 coupés and 20 roadster were built in 2016.

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Asterion

This Lamborghini concept car points in the direction of the brand’s future as the Italian firm's first hybrid car. Reluctant to turbocharge its flagship cars, this V10 hybrid drivetrain paves the way for up and coming models.

While the internals of the car focus on the future, its external design harks back to that of the Espada.

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