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1966 Lamborghini Miura

The Miura, also known as the TP400, comes from a breed of fighting bulls. The V12 engine located in the rear of the car was designed by Giotto Bizzarini, the individual who also led developed of the Ferrari 250 GTO. Although the idea to place the engine in the middle of the car came from sources such as the Ford GT40, the idea to turn it sideways came from the Mini. By putting it sideways, the engine was very compact which meant superb handling, balance, and performance. The styling came from Bertone's Marcello Gandini.

This car, along with most of the other cars built by Lamborghini had one purpose: To beat Ferrari. Mr. Ferruccio Lamborghini, a tractor manufacturer, had an argument with Enzo Ferrari. He had bought a Ferrari and had a complaint with the car. When he approched Enzo Ferrari with his comments, Enzo replied that the problem was with the driver and not with the car. He also remarked that Ferruccio was just a tractor maker and did not understand real engineering. The result was a super car dynasty.

The hood and front section was alloy with the rest of the body being steel.

There was minimal rear visibility due to vents located on the back window. The purpose of the vents was to aid in keeping the engine cool. There were ducts on the bottom of the vehicle located behind the doors also used for cooling the engine.


Related Reading : Lamborghini Miura History

The Miura was first shown 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....
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1966 Vehicle Profiles

1966 Lamborghini Miura vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 0862

This is the second of the three Lamborghini Miura P400 prototypes designed by Marcello Gandini at Carrozzeria Bertone and built in 1966. The three cars were shown at different auto shows around Europe in 1966 and 1967. ....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 0862 

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Price Comparison

$1,240-$20,000
1966 Miura
$20,000-$31,400
1966 Lamborghini Miura Base Price : $20,000

Other 1966 Lamborghini Models

Miura P400

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
98.40 in.
12 cyl., 239.76 CID., 350.00hp
$20,000 - $20,000
98.58 in.
12 cyl., 239.76 CID., 350.00hp
98.40 in.
12 cyl., 239.76 CID., 350.00hp
$19,250 - $19,250

Industry Production

#1#2#3Lamborghini
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Volkswagen (1,174,687)Toyota (1,068,321)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)

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