Lamborghini introduced the Miura to the public in March of 1966 at the Geneva Salon. Many consider the Mirua to be the world's first supercar as it was unapologetically extravagant and extremely fast compared to the commuter cars of its era. The styling was excessive and the colors were equally absurd.
The design was revolutionary, but the performance was something Lamborghini eased into with the conservative 350 GT of 1964. Powering the Miura was a four-liter DOHC V-12 engine; the body was designed by Bertone designer Marcello Gandini, who was 27 at the time. The development team of the Miura also included Gian Paulo Dallara and Paolo Stanzini, two engineers who would gain fame in their own rights. The chassis was carefully tuned under the guidance of New Zealander Bob Wallace, a Maserati mechanic. Inspiration for the design came from Colin Chapman's lightweight unitized construction and Eric Broadley's mid-engined Lola, which had evolved into the Ford GT40.
A compact overall layout was achieved by mid-mounting the engine transversely, and the original design sketches had a glass engine cover and a three-seat layout, with the driver in the middle and one passenger on either side. This tri-seat layout did not survive to production, however it would later be employed in future supercars, most notably on the McLaren F1 of the 1990s.
The Miura was named after Don Eduardo Miura Fernández, a breeder of Spanish fighting bulls. Just like the bulls, the Miura was fierce, with its lightweight frame and V-12 engine breathing through four triple-choke Weber carburetor, the 350 brake horsepower was capable of carrying it to speeds exceeding 175 mph.
The Miura enjoyed steady evolution and improvements during its production lifespan, and in 1968, the 'S,' or spinto (tuned), version appeared, with 370 horsepower, updated brakes, and many other enhancements. The S version was more luxuriously appointed, faster, and more stable, capable of reach 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds and 140 mph in fewer than 30 seconds. Top speed was now 177 mph.
The P400 S was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in November of 1968. Outwardly, it was distinguished from its predecessor by its rear badging and chrome window surrounds. The dual overhead cam, 60-degree, all-alloy, 3,929cc unit produced 370 horsepower, an increase of 20 over the original P400. Along with being faster, it was also more civilized. New Pirelli Cinturato tires and subtle chassis revisions resulted in high-speed stability and enhanced handling. The interior now had a locking passenger glove box, overhead console with rocker switches, electric windows, optional leather upholstery, and, late in production, the option of air-conditioning.
Approximately 140 examples of the Miura P400 S were built before the introduction of the SV, the ultimate evolution of the Miura. by Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2019
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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.... Continue Reading >>
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