The swinging 60s just brings up this roasted and muddy air of sex, sweat and drugs. Enough to intoxicate even the plastic hippies among us, the 1960s is rapidly becoming the most profitable segment of the classic supercar market.
All of the cars from this era are rich in prose. Sean Connery’s name pops up repeatedly, and so does Steve McQueen and Sir Paul McCartney. These were mens’ men in a time of changing morals on a global scale.
But the coupes and ragtops these gents preferred are really fit for the ages. So throw on some Aviators and slip into your slimmest racing loafers.
Click past the jump for a sunny-Sunday donut run in the Top-Ten Best Supercars from the 1960s.
Ever the provocateur for all things awesome and artistic, Dante has created yet another masterpiece of a sculpture. This time, the artist’s inspiration is another classic Italian supercar: the Lamborghini Miura.
Instead of Pebble Beach, Dante will be presenting his 24-karat Miura sculpture at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix this coming November. In addition to being finished in 24-karat gold, the 1:24 scale Miura sculpture was built using silver and comes with a black marble base and a piano black lacquered presentation case.
Dante will only build 50 of these models with each piece being priced at 50,000 Swiss Francs, which is around $52,000 based on current exchange rates. For that one person who believes he can always do better than that, Dante is also offering a one-off model that will cost double - 100,000 Swiss Francs ($104,000) - than the 24-karat versions.
Don’t get us wrong; we love our jobs to pieces. There are a few things in this world more gratifying than writing about cars for a living, but of those "few" things, one of them is what Jason Cammisa of Automobile Magazine is doing in this video.
With the resources of having a line-up of different Lamborghinis at his disposal, Jason gets behind the wheel of each one of them for some quality down time along a deserted stretch of road. The list of Lambos that Cammisa managed to drive includes the Miura , the Countach , the Diablo VT , the Murcielago , and yes, the Italian automaker’s latest pride and joy, the Aventador .
Check out the video prepared by Automobile Magazine and see Jason Cammisa put each of these Lambos through the paces. If for nothing else, you can even check out the evolution of the dashboard and the powerful, grunting roar these Italian bulls let out when the pedal is put to the proverbial metal.
March 11 will remain as a very important date in the history. For Japan is a date when disaster started, but for Lamborghini is a very happy date: a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype has been auctioned for a $1.705 Million - a world record for a Lamborghini Miura . At the same auction a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet has been sold for $1,870,000.
Compared to a standard Miura, the SV (Spinto Veloce) version features a stronger chassis, different rear suspension, a stronger engine, the lack of "eyelashes" around the headlights, wider rear fenders. The more powerful V12 engine delivers an impressive 415 HP and was mated to a 5-Speed Manual Gearbox. The SV version made the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 186 mph.
Miura SV made its first appearance at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show and there were only 150 units produced.
Have you ever wrote a paper that you thought was just brilliant and proceeded to hand it in to your teacher, professor, or boss just so they could turn around and tell you they thought it was terrible? That really hurts doesn’t it?
Well, Jorge Antonio Fernandez Garcia, also known as John Ferci, had that exact thing happen to him. The designer who works for Lamborghini Latinoamerica SA just created the new Miura II, and even though we think it looks pretty good, the big bosses at the Volkswagen Group thought otherwise.
The design follows the Altar and the Coatl, which came from the same manufacturer who had an agreement with Lamborghini in 1995. Turns out, the current owner of the company, Volkswagen, aren’t too fond of those last two designers, so we can only imagine their distaste for the new Miura II.
Still, we like it, just like we like the other two. After all, Lamborghinis are about flash and gaudy looks, right?
In 1970, Lamborghini developed a Jota test mule that would conform to the FIA’s Appendix J racing regulations. The car was appropriately named the Miura Jota. However, this was the only mule ever built until customers heard about it and asked for it. At their request, Lamborghini has decided to develop five units of the Lamborghini Jota : two were built new and three were converted from existing SVs.
One of these five unique models is now available for order and will be auctioned off at the RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London auction event on October 27th. This Jota was extensively restored by marque specialist Gary Bobileff, and is expected to fetch between £800,000-£1,100,000 GBP, or roughly $1,243,000-$1,709,000.
Aside from the rare Jota , RM Auctions will also be auctioning off the sole remaining documented 007 Aston Martin DB5 movie car, Sir Stirling Moss’s Grand Prix-winning four wheel-drive 1961 Ferguson P99 Formula One racer, and a stunning six-cylinder 1936 MG NB Magnette Airline Coupe.
The auto industry has had a lot of ‘what-ifs’ attached to it and if the pendulum would have swung the other way, you would think that the present make-up of the industry would be different.
One of these ‘what-ifs’ that we couldn’t escape asking concerns the legendary Lamborghini Miura and we’ve asked ourselves time and again,
“What if Lamborghini brought back the Miura in the present time? What kind of car would it be?”
Well, it may not have come straight from Lamborghini themselves, but at least one designer seems to have an idea as to what it should look like.
His design concept, which he’s calling the “Lamborghini Miura Nuovo”, should give us an indication as to how one of history’s greatest cars should look when it’s reborn in 2010. Of course, this is nothing more than just a design rendering but given the original Miura’s mid-rear V12 engine, you would think that an engine like that, coupled with a timeless name like ‘Miura’, is sure to attract its fair share of attention.
When Lamborghini unveiled the 350GT back in 1964, everyone was impressed and the car turned out to be a huge success. But Ferruccio Lamborghini decided he can do even better. He wanted the car with perfect design and technology, a car to impress and create sensation. And he had all this with the Miura launched in 1966. Maybe the Miura name says it all: it is the name of a Spanish ranch whose bulls have a proverbial attack instinct.
Until then mid-engined layouts have been used by Ford, Porsche, Abarth and Ferrari especially to dominate the race-tracks. But Ferruccio had no interest in that. He wanted a car for the road. So, he asked a team of three men to create his car: Giampaolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace. After more than a year of work they have come with a first prototype at the 1965 Turin Auto Show. And even if people were excited about it, many of them doubt the car will ever see production.
But only one year after Lamborghini brought the production version at the Geneva Motor Show where it created a sensation. The first production model was delivered in December 1966, after three prototypes have been created (one of which destroyed in a road accident). Miura was and still is in the top three most beautiful cars in the world.
Ferruccio wanted his car to be limited to only 30 units, but because of the huge demand he had to reconsider his decision.
It is always a shame when a classic high performance super car meets an unfortunate end; like the Bugatti EB110 that died in a Russian street race. Well today we have some more sad news for exclusive exotic super car enthusiasts, this time it was a Lamborghini Miura that went out in a blaze of glory.
According to the 47 year old German owner, he was driving home when he began to hear a cacophony of strange noises coming from the transversely mounted V12 behind his head. The car then caught on fire and even the help of benevolent motorists couldn’t put out the conflagration coming from underneath the Lamborghini’s engine cover.
The big question that remains is: is it possible to spare the sacrilege and repair this rare piece of Italian automobilia that was a slap in the face to Enzo Ferrari directly from Ferruccio himself?
This car has a bit of interesting history. It was not actually commissioned or built by Lamborghini, but instead by the Miura’s design house Bertone. Small details from the regular Miura were changed including the roof-mounted switch were relocated, the rear engine cover was removed, and a new slope for the windshield. There was never a roof built for the car nor were windows ever installed.
Officially called Lamborghini Bertone Miura Roadster, it was first presented at the 1968 Brussels Motor Show to keep interest going in the Miura. It was a great success to the point at which there was real interest for production, but it’s rumored that Bertone told Lamborghini that the structural rigidity was too compromised without the roof for any real production possibilities.
In 1969, the concept roadster eventually wound up in the hands of International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO) of New York. The car was repainted and rebuilt using as many zinc based parts as possible. This was mostly used in engine parts and minor trim bits. One of the more peculiar rumors was that lead was used to insulate the floor and doors.
The car then spent about another ten years on the show circuit before bouncing abound through various museums and private collectors. Adam Gordon, a New York property developer, is the current owner and has returned the car to its original Brussels Motor Show condition, including blue and white paint scheme. It was shown at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it took second place in its class.
No word yet on the car’s current price, but it is rumored that the restoration cost $330,000 alone.