In the industry of luxury cars and exotic car rentals, Lamborghini is at the top of its game. The following is a compilation of the top 5 Lamborghini models of all time, serving as a guideline of the luxury marquee’s progression and success:
1. The 350 GT (1964-1966)
2. Miura (1966-1972)
3. Espada (1968-1978)
4. Countach (1974-1989)
5. Murcielago (2001-2010)
You may be shocked that I have left out the Lamborghini Gallardo, because it is such a forerunner and symbol of success that the other models are often overlooked.
1964 – 1966 Lamborghini 350 GT
This was the first Lamborghini sports car, boasting a V12 engine producing 320 horsepower. Larger ‘muscle car’ engines were more common during this period, and this Lambo hit the 0-60 mark in 6.7 seconds. The 350 GT features a 5-speed manual transmission and an aluminum body on a tubular steel frame. The body of the 350 GT was designed by Franco Scaglione and started the tradition of the elongated hood and body style.
1966 – 1972 Miura
The Lamborghini Miura was the first mid-engine streetcar, setting the tone for a plethora of exotic car rentals and luxury cars to follow. The Miura was also the first to feature a name directly associated with the brand, as it was named for Don Eduardo Miura, legendary breeder of Spanish fighting bulls.
This Lamborghini Miura is fitted with a 3.9-liter V12 kicking out 385 horses with top speeds of 172 miles per hour. At the end of production, 765 units of the Miura had been built.
1968 -1978 Espada
The Lamborghini Espada entered the scene and fast became a best seller for the brand, similar to the Gallardo of today. Named for the dagger used by bullfighters, the Espada featured a 3.9-liter V12 engine mounted in front. A full 1,227 units of the Espada were produced.
1974 – 1989 Countach
The Lamborghini Countach was actually illegal in the United States until 1982, which only served to add to its appeal! Think of it as the bad-boy of supercars, the first exotic sports car to hit 200 miles per hour. Named not for the fighting bull, but for an Italian expression directed at beautiful women, the Countach wrapped up production with 1,950 units.
2001 – 2010 Murcielago
The Lamborghini Murcielago hit the scene screaming, boasting the brand’s first new design in over a decade. This was also the first model released under the ownership of Volkswagen, which could explain the many changes and forward-momentum.
The Murcielago flaunted a full 661 horsepower at its prime, with a production run of 4,099 units. The powerful all-wheel drive Murcielago has top speeds of 209 miles per hour, and a predecessor is anticipated for 2011.
The name is derived from a famous fighting bull that survived 28 sword strokes in an 1879 fight. Well, the Murcielago has certainly lived up to its name, rolling with the punches and emerging on top.
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