The Lamborghini Miura marks 50 years: a half-century of the true father of the supercar modern

Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Pagani, Bugatti, etc., etc., are manufacturers who create sports under a concept that is very particular: the engine rests upon the back of the driver, but not more delayed than the rear axle. This feature – present in the Lamborghini Miura – ensures performance, agility, and designs really daring that they could not have been possible with the engine in the nose. And that was the great contribution of Ferruccio Lamborghini the history of the car, go for a concept of daring that was already giving a lot to talk about in the competition. The Lamborghini Miura was presented now 50 years ago to welcome, in any way, the supercar modern.

The Lamborghini Miura would be the living Room of Geneva of 1966, half a century ago. Months after that Lamborghini would have generated a lot of buzz in the Salon of Turin in which he had already shown in part, and that everything was presented in a chassis.

The reaction of the public to the chassis that looked forward to a sporty high-flying and engine plant was so favorable that Ferruccio would give free reign to Marcelo Gandini to create a work of art on wheels. A work of art that would be presented under the name of P400.


What you may not know is that the work of Gandini and the study Bertone was so intense that the Lamborghini P400 presented in Geneva was not finished until a few days before its official presentation.

Such was the rush to finish the work and present it in Geneva that there was no time to check if it was possible to introduce the V12 Lamborghini in the vain of the engine. To the extent that Lamborghini decided to submit it anyway, without a motor, filling the space with ballast, and making sure that no one from the press had the audacity to open it to available completely empty. They say that Ubaldo Sgarzi, sales manager and right hand of Ferruccio, and passed all the Geneva inventing excuses and tricks of deterrence, to distract the journalists who came with interest to see the engine of this sports.

The reaction of the attendees to Geneva that year was such that Ferruccio rushed for release began to occur as soon as possible, a few weeks after the filing.


And the rest of the story you probably already know. Lamborghini created a marina of 350 HP, which could reach up to 280 km/h and accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. Figures spectacular for the time. This first iteration of the Miura and would produce 475 units, although later Lamborghini would continue to curling the curl with a new version of 370 HP, and even an edition even more radical, the Miura SV, with 385 HP of power.

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