Here’s why the Lamborghini Miura is the most iconic Lambo ever built

Ferruccio Lamborghini established his sports car company in 1963 following a conflict with Enzo Ferrari over the clutch of the 250 GT. Lambo launched its first production model the 350 GT, in 1964, while the upgraded 400 GT followed in 1966. But in 1965, the company’s top engineers began working on a race-inspired vehicle with a mid-engined layout.

The result of this effort debuted in 1966 as the Miura, arguably the most iconic car built by Lamborghini. Although it wasn’t the first road-legal mid-engined car, the Miura was the fastest production vehicle and set the standard for high-performance sports cars and supercars. This new video by ISSIMI pays tribute to the car that changed the world in 1966.

This Video Will Make You a Lamborghini Miura Expert
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Although it was a significant departure from the 400 GT, the Miura retained the V-12 engine.

The first model, called the P400, featured the same 3.9-liter V-12, but it was mounted transversely and produced 345 horsepower. The P400 remained in production until 1969, when Lambo introduced the P400S. Fitted with new creature comforts and optional air conditioning, the P400S also featured a revised V-12 that delivered 365 horsepower. The Miura was again upgraded in 1971, when it was renamed the P400SV. Arguably the most famous Miura, it featured an upgraded engine with 380 horsepower and notable revisions to its exterior design.

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Lamborghini’s engineers also worked on a prototype that would conform to FIA’s racing regulations.

It was called the P400 Jota, it featured an aerodynamic kit and it was some 800 pounds lighter.

The modified V-12 was capable of up to 440 horsepower, but the prototype was eventually crashed and burned to the ground, putting an end to the project. However, Lambo built and converted six tribute cars known as the SV/J models. Bertone also built a one-off roadster version of the Miura.

This Video Will Make You a Lamborghini Miura Expert
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The Miura was discontinued in 1973 after 765 units built. The P400 was built in 275 units, while the P400S was assembled in 338 examples. The P400SV is the rarest with 150 units built. The Miura was replaced by the Countach.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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