The Lamborghini Miura is a very special car. And with that we mean a very, very special car. This car is the origin, the genesis of Lamborghini, and most supercars, we know of today.
The Miura was where it all began for Ferruccio Lamborghini, an Italian tractor maker who got angry with Ferrari and wanted to prove he could build better supercars.
Ferruccio Lamborghini made his fortune by making tractors, but was a big car fanatic. He actually owned various luxury cars such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, and a Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Now, Mr. Lamborghini was not a technically impaired man and was very critical about the cars he drove. He expressed the following about the Maseratis he owned; “Adolfo Orsi, then the owner of Maserati, was a man I had a lot of respect for: he had started life as a poor boy, like myself. But I did not like his cars much. They felt heavy and did not really go very fast."
So just imagine his dissatisfaction in 1958 when he purchased his first Ferrari. Now he was not exactly satisfied with the interior of the car, but even less with the very inferior clutches used in Ferraris. As the clutch of his Ferrari broke down, yet again, he went to Ferrari where the secretively carried out the repairs. He showed his displease in service and quality of the current Ferraris to the mighty Enzo himself. Being the arrogant supercar manufacturer in this situation, laughed at him and told him he was a simple tractor maker. Ferruccio Lamborghini was upset, modified his own Ferrari and decided he could make his own super car, a better one than Ferrari could.
The Lamborghini Miura was designed by automotive design house Gruppo Bertone. The head of design was the 27-year-old Marcello Gandini. He not only designed the Miura but later on in his life the Lamborghini Countach as well. The Lamborghini Miura was not even an official project by Lamborghini. The Miura started as a project developed in the spare time of the Lamborghini engineers.
At that time these engineers didn't realize that they were about to spark a revolution. The design of the car placed the engine in the middle, unlike any other sports cars in that time. Cars in those days had the engine in the front. Almost 50 years later we see the huge footprint this car has left.
When the Miura made its debut in the 1966 Geneva motor show, everyone was left speechless. After the car fanatics fell in love with the Miura it quickly became Lamborghinis flagship car. The early Miura was called the P400 and powered by a 3.9L V12 Lamborghini engine, producing 350HP. Over the years they continued to improve and develop the Miura and the third version, the P400SV had 380HP and 388 Newton metre of torque. The Miura, named after a fierce breed of fighting bulls, would cost you $20.000 in that time, that's about $114.000 in today's money. Only 764 Miuras were produced as 3 different types from 1966 until 1972. Today they're auctioned between $550.000 and $1.375.000 US Dollar, depending on its state and model.