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1972 Lamborghini Miura

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1972 Lamborghini Miura vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 5012
Engine Num: 30708

At the 1966 Geneva Show Lamborghini turned a page in automotive history when it unveiled its high-performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports car known as the Miura. All of a sudden, the exotic sports car was born. But had the work not been done at n....[continue reading]

1972 Lamborghini Miura vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 5080

The Lamborghini Miura is widely accepted as the original road-going supercar capable of 170 mph in an era where most cars on the road could not top 90 mph. It is accepted as the first mid-engined sports car developed exclusively for road use and bec....[continue reading]

1972 Lamborghini Miura vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4820
Engine Num: 30747

This Lamborghini Miura SV was completed on September 14th of 1972 and was number 737 of the 765 total Miura's built. It is one of only 96 SVs equipped form the factory with the split sump lubrication system and it features a ZF limited slip differen....[continue reading]

1972 Lamborghini Miura vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

The current owner acquired this car from the original owner's estate in Italy. The car had been sitting and not moved or started for over 2 decades. He worked at his friend's shop in Italy dismantling the car. He took the body to AutoSport in Modena,....[continue reading]

1972 Lamborghini Miura vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 5038

This 1972 Miura SV was the 100th SV constructed at Bertone's Sant' Agata Works. The coupe coachwork was styled by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. It was one of only 14 of the later 'split sump' cars with factory equipped air conditioning. The Miura SV ca....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 5012 
Coupe
Chassis #: 5080 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4820 
Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 5038 

History

The Miura was first show to the public at the November 1965 Turin Auto Show. At the time, it did not have a body. It was just a rolling-chassis. The design was mid-engined, very revolutionary at the time. Bertone was chosen to body the vehicle. Nuccio Bertone gave the project to Marcello Gandini. In early 1966 the Bertone body and the chassis designed by Giampaolo Dallara were assembled into one unit. In completed form, it was show to the public at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show and dubbed the Miura. The name coming from a breed of Spanish fighting bulls.

The vehicle was instantly popular with demand overshadowing the supply. Ferrucio Lamborghini had originally planned the Miura to be a low production, flagship vehicle with production set to around 30 models. The demand for the vehicle eventually changed the plan for the vehicle and throughout its lifespan, three series of the Miura were produced, the P400, S, and the SV. Each series brought with it mechanical and aesthetical changes through either fixed problems from the prior series or brought about new developmental improvements.

The P400 was the first series, the 'P' stood for Posteriore, the location of the engine. The 400 represented the engine size, or 4.0 liters. The four-liter engine was capable of producing 350 horsepower to the rear wheels. The spot-welded chassis was made from steel and the steering was a rack-and-pinion unit built and designed by Lamborghini. The front and rear hoods were both 'clamshell' design. There were two small compartments in the rear allowing a small amount of luggage or storage space.

Since the vehicle had been initially intended to be a temporary vehicle, it was poorly assembled and lacked quality. Another major problem was the lack of materials available. The builders of the vehicle rarely had the parts and resources they needed to keep up with demand. As time progressed, so did the quality.

Production began in March of 1967 and offered at a price of nearly $20,000 US dollars with 108 units being constructed. The Miura S series appeared in December of 1968. It was debuted to the public at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. The 'S' stood for 'Spinto' meaning 'Pushed' or 'Tuned'. Horsepower had been increased to 370, thanks in part through the use of a new combustion chamber and larger intakes. The later 'S' series models were given ventilated disc brakes and a modified rear suspension. Air conditioning was available for an extra cost.

In March of 1971, the final version of the Miura, the SV, was displayed at the Geneva Auto Show. The SV was the pinnacle of performance in regards to the Miura series. The rear suspension received modifications including a wider track. Wider tires were placed increasing the performance and handling. The headlights, turn signals, bumper and tail lights received changes. A carburetor change and larger intakes brought the horsepower rating to 385. During its production lifespan only 142 examples of the Miura SV were created. The acronym 'SV' represented 'Sprint Veloce'.

750 examples of the Miuras were built, the last being constructed on October 12, 1973. Production would have continued but Lamborghini was preparing to introduce its successor, the Countach. Since Lamborghini was a small shop, it could only handle the production of one model.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009

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