I know, I know ... I actually cancelled my pre-order on this very model after seeing it in real life at a custom car show in Germany where Gateway Europe had a stand ... the car wasn't brightly lit and it just didn't look good to me, so after getting back home I got in touch with the shop I had it on order and managed to switch it into the red shade.
This was a bit of a gamble to be honest as I never even had seen the Rosso Targa shade in real life yet, but I was pleasantly pleased when it arrived a few weeks later. The red had a pink hue over it, and it was a metallic shade, combined with the black parts and the dark carbon fiber I really liked it to be honest, I know some fellow collectors aren't too fond about this Rosso Targa shade ... while they love the turquoise shade, which I didn't like at that moment in time.
The red one was in fact the sixth shade from AutoArt on the amazing Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 Super Veloce, and I was happy with that, I already had way too much money spent on these models anyway and had the four shades on the LP640 already on order too ... so a rather impressive investment to say the least, and as I wasn't too keen on getting the two remaining shade, Turquoise and Verde Sandag I was happy to call it a complete collection right then and there.
Many of my fellow collectors started showing pictures of the Turquoise finished Super Veloce all over the place, and I must admit that I did start to like it in the photos, so I wondered why I really disliked it when I saw it in real life, which let's face it is still the best way to go before you buy one of these, let's call it, special shades ... I started having some second thoughts about my decision to get the red instead ... and I also noticed it was out of stock at most of my sources, would it be a good idea to get one after all ?
I didn't think about it any further after seeing the first pricing on the new Aventador LP700-4 from AutoArt, it will be released in their Signature series, and accordingly priced rather high, we put in a pre-order on two shades at a decent 160 Euro each, that's a lot of money for us, so I discarded the idea of adding more shades to the Super Veloce series ... until I visited Viva Italia in Assen this year.
At one of the stands I found no less than two of these AutoArt 1/18 Murciélago LP670-4 Super Veloce available finished in the hard to find Turquoise shade ... they were listed a bit more expensive than I paid for the previous shades, so I left the stand to get some photos of the real Lamborghini around ... only to return a few hours later to find only one remaining ... still doubting and circling around ... until I went for it.
I picked up the box, found another 1/18 while going to the counter to pay ... and to make things worse I also picked up five 1/18 figures, which were 5 Euro each or 5 units for 20 Euro ... a nice deal, and when the owner of the shop added everything up he gave me another discount ... so in the end I didn't pay more for this shade compared to the others anyway ... nice one!
So how does this strange Turquoise look in the end? Well I will admit it sure doesn't look good in low light, the shade goes to a strange green/blue tint when little light is hitting it, so in a display case when not directly in the light it just doesn't look good ... but put some light on it and things change completely.
In the photo booth this shade comes to life so nicely, it gets much brighter and starts to perfectly contrast with the black parts and the clear carbon fiber found on the Super Veloce, this is one shade that really deserved the large SV logo on the side like no other ... if I would be nitpicking on something about this specific model it would be the yellow brake calipers, that wouldn't be my first choice to be honest ... it would look even better color coded with the rest of the car.
Remember this Turquoise shade is an Ad Personam option anyway, so getting the brake calipers is the same shade would be just another box to tick on the order form, or why not the Italian TriColore on the calipers ? Ring a bell somewhere? It should, there is an actual Super Veloce that has this shade on the bodywork and hides TriColore brake calipers behind the wheels ... this specific Lamborghini even has the SV decal on the side finished in the famous three shades found on the Italian flag.
Everything else has been written about this model on our other reviews, there are a few flaws like the top of the side sills ... they are black on this model while they should be color coded in Turquoise as seen on the real car, and yes the carbon fiber on the Super Veloce has a mat top coat while the AutoArt model has glossy carbon on the outside. Inside there is also a small detail missing, the sides of the dashboard, where it meets the doors should also have a carbon fiber plate; the real car does have these.
But other than that the interior is just perfect, the Alcantara seats look real, the seat belts are amazing, there's even a small plaque between the seats which holds the production number in the real car, the engine looks really nice and the engine cover itself is a work of art anyway, just like that massive rear wing ... I'm really in love with that one, the small struts look so fragile while the large wing in carbon fiber just makes it even better.
I really like the styling of the Super Veloce, even on the Miura and the Diablo the SV edition was among my favorites too, and as much as I like the Bianco Canopus and Nero Nemesis shade I must admit that under the correct light this Turquoise shade is very, very nice too. It sure is different to the rest of the Lamborghini I have on display, I have a few other blue Bulls, but this shade is nothing like that ... and what makes it even better: AutoArt has published news they will also release the Aventador in this shade ... which would look really nice next to this one.
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