Want to traipse through the Lamborghini Museum in Italy, but don’t want to spend a couple grand on airfare, travel, and lodging, to say nothing of traipsing through airport security queues? Well, thanks to the magic of Google Street view, you can browse the Museo Lamborghini in the comfort of your own home. Or at work. Or, uh, wherever you might roam.
We’re used to Google’s Street View cameras documenting — well, streets, of course, but from time to time, it surprises us with interior views of various establishments — the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for instance. As car buffs, we were blown away when Mazda invited Google’s Street View tech into its corporate museum in Hiroshima, giving the world a detailed look at an interesting collection of cars.
As cool as it is to digitally peruse vintage Carols, 360s, and Cosmos, those cars don’t quite have the mind-warping presence of a Lamborghini. Or, by our count, 27 Lamborghinis, including three F1 cars, a few concept cars, some display engines and design models, and the oh-so-cool Estoque sedan. History geeks will love the oddball prototypes on display within the Lamborghini Museum, including the P140, an early Diablo P132 mule that looks much like a Cizeta Moroder, , and the weird-looking Canto prototype that Ferdinand Piech kiboshed shortly after absorbing Lamborghini into the Volkswagen Group.
The digitized Lamborghini Museum has one party trick Mazda’s Street View Museum doesn’t. If, when positioned close to a car on display, you notice its door suddenly open, click on it again. The next thing you’ll know, you’re virtually sitting inside that very car. We’ve found the trick works on several cars, including a Reventon, one of twenty built; a Miura SV; a Murcielago LP670-4 SV; the oh-so-80s LM002 “Rambo Lambo;” and a 350 GT coupe. Oh, and don’t forget the early green Countach LP400 on display. Pan the camera up while inside the car, and you can even see the slit in the roof for the periscope-style rear-view mirror.
Want to browse for yourself? Click here to stroll through the Lamborghini Museum in cyberspace. We’d say it’s the next best thing to actually visiting in person — but then again, we don’t think the curators would be happy were you to actually jump inside any of these vehicles…