point of view by pablo deferrari
Why am I telling you all of this? Because there's a similarity between the two cars that would become their trademark designs; their beautiful eyes.
That being said, I'm not too certain of the Gandini's true reasoning behind the Miura's flattened headlamps, but I can tell you one of the reasons why Lapine gave them a nod...to distract the eye a bit.
This was a clever move, from a design standpoint. Not only did it visually help with the 928's inherit girth neatly putting everything in place, it gave her a beautiful face and a signature look that would define Porsche throughout the '90s. Yes, it has the genetics of the 356 and 911, but the 928 modernized the West Highland Terrier sit-up-and-beg look of her forbears with a more sophisticated, bedroom eyes look.
Had Anatole Lapine decided to use the 924/44 covered headlamps, Porsche's model line throughout the 90's would've had a look that became dated, overplayed. Furthermore, it would have hurt the already timeless design of those two models, because if the 928, 965, and 968 continued on with that theme, Porsche would seem as though they've lost their edge. And besides, who tells anyone they have beautiful eyes when their eyelids are shut?