The legendary Lamborghini Miura turns 50 this year, the original mid-engined supercar
The Lamborghini Miura, a car that basically needs no explanation, like the Jaguar E-Type, for it is forever engraved in history as one of the world’s most iconic cars. But, we’re going to explain anyway, simply because of how awesome the Miura really is, and how special today is for Lamborghini’s most important car ever.
Fifty years ago, in 1966, Lamborghini, once a manufacturer of fast and beautiful boutique GT cars, and tractors, gave birth to the revelation to supercars, the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive Miura, which set the standard for nearly all mid-engined supercars since then.
Behind the passenger cell, nestled deep within the confines of the middle of the platform ahead of the rear axle, for optimal weight distribution, lay a transverse-mounted 4.0L V12 with 350hp and 262 lb-ft of twist, and a manual transmission, allowing it to take the title at the time as the world’s fastest production car, sprinting to sixty in seven seconds and a top speed of 171 MPH.
To celebrate, Lamborghini used two Miuras from its own museum, to drive them down the same iconic route used in the original “The Italian Job” movie, in the Italian Alps. They were piloted by engineers Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani, who were responsible with the technical design of the Miura. Visual designer Marcello Gandini also made an appearance, who was also in charge of the Miura’s drop-dead gorgeous looks.
It couldn’t get any more picture perfect than this.
– By: Chris Chin