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Autoart brings big model detail to small-scale Lamborghini

By Mark Savage
Published: March 24, 2014
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We've all become accustomed to highly detailed 1/18 and 1/24-scale models, but fine detail and working parts at 1/43 scale is much rarer, until now.

Autoart's finely sculpted Signature Series moves to 1/43 scale with a beautiful Lamborghini Miura. Autoart had previously reserved the Signature Series for its 1/18 models.

At just 4 inches long, the Miura is chock full of details befitting a larger scale model. In fact, Autoart tells us that 468 parts go into the Miura, and most are metal.

Not only do the hood and engine covers open, but so do the doors and trunk. Seams, fit, and finish are astonishing for the scale.

Miura is a good choice too, being one of the early two-seaters that led to today's exotics. It was a styling icon of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and put Lamborghini on the map among high-end automakers. This is the SV model, introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in 1971. SV stands for Sport Veloce, which translates to "tuned fast." Duh!

Miura was fast because of its light weight (2,850 lb.) and 385-horse V-12 that sits right behind the driver. Top speed was 170 + mph. That's still extremely fast today — just not "supercar" fast.
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The Autoart model finely replicates all that and offers some surprises too, from steerable wheels to dual photoetched mesh hood flaps that open. Under the hood is a finely reproduced suspension, radiator fans, wiring, and a spare tire.

The rear bonnet flips back to reveal the Lamborghini's monster V-12 with white header covers, rear suspension parts, and some plumbing and wiring. At the tail is a small opening trunk.

Miura features silver wheels, but the tires carry no identifying branding, although the originals were Pirelli.

Both sides open to reveal a nicely detailed tan-and-brown interior. Certainly this isn't as heady as a 1/18 interior, but includes gauge faces and metallic three-spoke steering wheel hub, shifter, and ribbed bucket seats.

Most impressive is the small car's finish, which Autoart says includes 133 steps of free spraying and 76 of mask spray-painting. All painted surfaces are smooth and richly covered, the result of the entire body being hand-polished before and after painting.

The windshield and side windows are silver hot-stamped to resemble chrome plating, and the windshield wipers are delicately reproduced. Headlights and taillights are trimmed in chrome too, the rear ones looking almost jewel-like.

There is also good underbody detail front and rear, such as dual chrome-tipped exhausts, so the Miura displays well on the mirrored-bottom display case. These models are hand-numbered, and each has a small magnifying glass with a thin pointed end to help you open the doors and hood without scratching the model's surface.

This is a premium item for premium diecast collectors, no matter the scale. Even collectors of 1/18 scale may find this miniature difficult to pass up, and a great way to supplement their plastic model collection.

Miura is an aspirational model and surprising in its detail. This proves that good things do come in small boxes!

Vital Stats
Product: Lamborghini Miura SV (yelllow)
Maker: Autoart
Scale: 1/43
Stock No.: 54541
MSRP: $136.90

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