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1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
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  • Lamborghini Miura SV
  • Year:
    1971- 1972
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  • Engine:
    V12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    385 @ 7850
  • Torque @ RPM:
    295 @ 5750
  • Displacement:
    3929 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.75 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    170 mph
  • Price:
    500000 (Est.)
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The Lamborghini Miura SV, also known as the P400SV, was introduced in 1971. Essentially an updated Miura S, the SV was the last and most famous Miura. Produced in significantly smaller numbers than the previous versions, the SV is also the rarest Miura as well. Although visual updates were mostly subtle, the Miura SV featured extensive drivetrain and chassis upgrades that enhanced both the output and the handling of the car.

The oil crisis and the lack of demand prompted Lamborghini to halt Miura production in 1973, the same year it launched the Urraco, its first of only two sports cars powered by V-8 engines. The Miura was replaced by the Countach in 1974, a vehicle the company had been working on since 1970.

Shortly before the Miura was discontinued, Ferruccio sold off his controlling shares of the Lamborghini company. Word has it he retired because he achieved everything he had set out to do with the Miura.

Updated 08/24/2016: A very cool Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone was brought by RM Sotheby’s at the 2016 Monterey Car Week, where unfortunately it failed to sell. The car was estimated to go down for $1,900,000 - $2,200,000. Check the "Pictures" tab for some images taken at the event.

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Lamborghini's Next Performance Car Could Draw Inspiration from the Legendary Miura

Lamborghini’s Next Performance Car Could Draw Inspiration from the Legendary Miura

Lambo’s CEO is hinting on a 21st century version of the legendary Miura

Is it possible that Lamborghini’s planned brand expansion is going to include a future car that will be inspired by one of its most iconic models? It’s too early to tell at this point, but Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali did tell Automotive News that the Italian automaker is open to creating a “21st-century interpretation” of the Lamborghini Miura. Now may not be the time for Lamborghini fans to lose their collective minds over this possibility, but if it does come to fruition, well, that’s a different story altogether.

The question now is whether there’s more to what Domenicali hinted at regarding the possibility of a Miura-inspired supercar being developed in time for a launch date sometime between 2025 and 2030. The former head of Ferrari’s Formula One outfit didn’t dive into the specifics, but his comments could play into the company’s plans to expand its model portfolio beyond the Avantador, Huracan, and the upcoming Urus SUV. A Miura-inspired supercar would certainly fit in with what Lamborghini intends to do with its model lineup moving forward, and just as important, it would ignite a nostalgic call-back to one of the company’s most famous models. If we do see this car in the future, expect Lamborghini to throw all its might into making sure that his 21st-century version of the Miura lives up to the legacy of the original model. That’s going to be a very high bar to meet, but Lambo wouldn’t be doing this if it doesn’t have something special in store for all of us.

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1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

1971 - 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

The Lamborghini Miura SV, also known as the P400SV, was introduced in 1971. Essentially an updated Miura S, the SV was the last and most famous Miura. Produced in significantly smaller numbers than the previous versions, the SV is also the rarest Miura as well. Although visual updates were mostly subtle, the Miura SV featured extensive drivetrain and chassis upgrades that enhanced both the output and the handling of the car.

The oil crisis and the lack of demand prompted Lamborghini to halt Miura production in 1973, the same year it launched the Urraco, its first of only two sports cars powered by V-8 engines. The Miura was replaced by the Countach in 1974, a vehicle the company had been working on since 1970.

Shortly before the Miura was discontinued, Ferruccio sold off his controlling shares of the Lamborghini company. Word has it he retired because he achieved everything he had set out to do with the Miura.

Updated 08/24/2016: A very cool Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone was brought by RM Sotheby’s at the 2016 Monterey Car Week, where unfortunately it failed to sell. The car was estimated to go down for $1,900,000 - $2,200,000. Check the "Pictures" tab for some images taken at the event.

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2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

A little bit of everything, for the right price

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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Is Lamborghini Bringing Back This Iconic Nameplate?

Is Lamborghini Bringing Back This Iconic Nameplate?

Rumors of the return of the Miura name are bubbling in the surface

The Lamborghini Miura is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and Lamborghini has done well for itself by giving its legendary mid-engine supercar a tribute fitting for its status, including the launch of the Aventador Miura Homage Edition, a 50-piece exclusive that features throwback paint schemes, fancy wheels, and Miura badges embroidered on the seats. But what if the limited edition Aventador Miura Homage Edition is just the first piece in a big puzzle that could one day yield the return of the Miura nameplate as an actual model? Exciting news, right?

To be clear, Lamborghini has not made any announcements, but according to Automobile’s Georg Kacher, Lamborghini is thinking about adding a new model that would slot between the Aventador and the Huracán. That name of that model? The Miura.

It’s obvious that a return of the Miura badge would bring an incredible amount of buzz in the direction of Lamborghini. But before people start fainting with excitement, it’s important to remember that this rumor is still subject to a lot of discussion within the Volkswagen Group before an actual confirmation happens.

The most interesting parts of what Kacher alluded to is the possibility that the model would utilize some kind of hybrid powertrain similar to what Lamborghini showed with the Asterion Concept. The model would also need to differentiate itself from the Huracán and the Aventador from an aesthetic standpoint, hence the possibility of it being designed as a 2+2 GT model akin to the Lamborghini Espada, making it a front-engined model that could use Porsche’s MSB architecture.

Considering that both Porsche and Lamborghini are part of the Volkswagen umbrella, platform-sharing isn’t a new thing altogether. In fact, the Lamborghini Urus SUV is already sharing its platform with the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. Doing the same for a third Lamborghini supercar won’t be as hard as some people imagine it would be.

The question right now is how much weight should we put into this rumor. At the very least, it’s buzz-worthy. But considering Lamborghini’s history, it would have to engage in a lot of “firsts” if reviving the Miura nameplate on a model to slot between the Huracan and the Aventador is really on its list of priorities.

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1966 - 1969 Lamborghini Miura

1966 - 1969 Lamborghini Miura

The car that started the mid-engined supercar craze

The Lamborghini Miura was introduced in 1966, only three years after Ferruccio established his company in Sant’Agata Bolognese. It was Lamborghini’s third vehicle — after the 350GT and the 400GT — as well as its first mid-engined car. In fact, the Miura was the first production, road-legal, mid-engined sports car, being widely credited for starting the trend of high-performance, two-seat, mid-ship vehicles. The Miura was built until 1973, receiving two updates — the S and the SV — in the process.

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 could 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, being named after a Spanish ranch whose bulls have a proverbial attack instinct.

Prior to the creation of the Miura, mid-engined layouts had been used by Ford, Porsche, Abarth and Ferrari specifically 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 came up with a first prototype at the 1965 Turin Auto Show. And, even if people were excited about it, many of them had doubts that the car would ever see production.

But, the production model was launched only a year later at the Geneva Motor Show. The first production model was delivered in December 1966, and although Ferruccio wanted his car to be limited to only 30 units, he had to reconsider his decision due to the huge demand.

Updated 07/14/2016: We added pictures of a mint-condition Miura P400 that will be auctioned by Mecum Auctions in August 2016 in Monterey.

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Lamborghini Celebrates Miura's 50th Anniversary With Scenic Drive Along Italian Highway

Lamborghini Celebrates Miura’s 50th Anniversary With Scenic Drive Along Italian Highway

The section of Italian state road 27 that was used is the same road in the opening scene of the 1969 Italian Job movie

The Lamborghini Miura is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and to commemorate the car’s golden anniversary, Lamborghini took out two of its very own museum-quality Miuras for a nice scenic drive on the St. Bernard Pass, the section of the Italian highway that was used in the opening sequence of the original The Italian Job starring British actor Michael Caine.

To be clear, Lamborghini didn’t recreate the scene itself, and why would it considering what happened to the Miura in the movie. The joyride was done as part of the Italian automaker’s year-long celebration of the Miura’s 50th nameday. Adding a special twist to the celebratory drive were Lamborghini engineers Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani, as well as Carrozzeria Bertone designer Marcello Gandini. Dallara, Stanzani and test driver Bob Wallace, in particular, are regarded as the “fathers” of the Miura so it was only fitting that when it was time for the two Miuras to do their versions of a celebratory drive, Dallara, Stanzani, and Gandini took turns taking the wheels of the of the two legendary museum-grade supercars.

Accomplishing the drive was no small feat for Lamborghini either. It essentially had to get the green light from Anas, the Italian government’s road maintenance and building division, and the Polizia Stradale before getting the nod to use the highway road for the anniversary drive. In the end, all parties consented to the drive, paving the way for the two Miuras to essentially retrace the route from the opening scene of the movie, minus, of course, the part where the Miura crashed inside a tunnel.

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Petrolicious Pays Tribute To Lamborghini Miura P400 S: Video

Petrolicious Pays Tribute To Lamborghini Miura P400 S: Video

As rare as it would be just to see a 1966 to 1974 Lamborghini Miura in real life, I am not holding my breath that I’ll ever get to drive one – and with their high values, I’d probably be too nervous to do so anyway. Fortunately, Petrolicious is shining a spotlight on a gorgeous Lamborghini Miura in its latest video, revealing what is perhaps the best experience of driving this rare Lamborghini without actually being able to.

The owner of this 1970 Lamborghini Miura S is Dennis Varni, who has owned it since 1979. Like all car buffs, he fell in love with the Miura after a brief ride in one in 1970, and less than a decade later, this red Miura was sitting in his driveway. He refers to the Miura as an “Italian hot rod” with its beautiful lines and transverse-mounted V-12, and it’s this engine that really makes this video incredible to watch and listen to.

I would have to imagine that most of the fewer than 800 Miuras ever built are probably tucked away in garages and warehouses, but Varni drives his car. And drives it hard. You’re definitely going to want to turn your speakers up for this one.

Of course, if you can afford a Lamborghini Miura, your car collection is in good shape, and that’s just the case with Varni. His eclectic collection includes sports cars that might rival the Miura’s beauty, like the rare Maserati 200S, or a Jaguar D-Type.

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Rod Stewart's Lamborghini Miura SV Up For Sale

Rod Stewart’s Lamborghini Miura SV Up For Sale

The Lamborghini Miura was the car to have if you were a famous person in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Frank Sinatra had an orange one with a custom wild boar-skin interior. Fellow Rat Pack member Dean Martin had a green one. Jazz Legend Miles Davis nearly died in his lime green Miura when he wrecked it in New York City. And now this lovely Miura SV originally owned by Rod Stewart can be yours for around $1.9 million.

Rod the Mod originally purchased the car in 1971 as a Miura P400S, but the current owner converted it to its current P400SV specification. That means the 4.0-liter Bizzarrini-designed V-12 now puts down 385 horsepower, while a limited-slip differential and wider rear tires help keep everything pointed in the right direction. Outside, the flip-up headlamps have lost their eyelashes, and dramatically flared rear fenders accommodate the additional rubber.

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Lamborghini Relaunching Restoration Center For Classic Models

Lamborghini Relaunching Restoration Center For Classic Models

Restoring a classic car can be a very long and expensive process, more so if the said vehicle is a 1960s supercar like... say a Lamborghini Miura. Built in a little over 750 units, Miuras can fetch millions of dollars in tip-top shape nowadays, while bringing a badly damaged example back to its original configuration is not just expensive, but extremely difficult as well, with so few spare parts on the market. The same goes for other Lambo classics, including the 1960s 350GT, Espada, and Countach.

If you happen to have one of these Lambos sitting in the garage and waiting for a complete restoration, then you’ll probably be excited to the Italian company is relaunching its restoration center.

Revived under the "Lamborghini Polo Storico" name, the new department includes everything owners need to restore their classic supercars. Specifically, owners will have access to the brand’s historical archives and the vehicle restoration center, as well as vehicle certification and an array of genuine spare parts for all historical Lamborghini models.

Additionally, Lamborghini specifically trained its authorized workshop personnel to service classic cars, and created a website that enables owners access to catalogs and to order spare parts from anywhere in the world. Lambo will also manufacture special parts based on the original blueprints if they’re unavailable.

The shop should be fully established by the end of the year.

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1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ By Bertone

1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ By Bertone

Old Ferrari’s have been selling for ridiculous sums of cash and grabbing headline space recently, but now an ultra-rare 1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ will be crossing the auction block at the 2015 RM Auction event in Scottsdale, Arizona, and, according to RM, it could see a hammer price as high as $2.6 million.

First introduced in 1966, the Lamborghini Miura is widely regarded to both the first mid-engine road-going supercar and one of the prettiest cars ever built. It was penned by Italian designer Marcello Gandini of Gruppo Bertone, and, interestingly, was developed by a small engineering against the wishes of Ferruccio Lamborghini, who preferred grand touring cars like the 350 GT.

The story of the Miura SVJ variant starts with the Lamborghini Jota — a one-off car based on the Miura developed by Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace to go racing. Unfortunately, the Jota never raced, and it later crashed and burned to the ground at the hands of a private owner.

But by that time, word of the Jota’s potential had reached other Miura customers, which finally brings us to the car we have here. This Miura SVJ is one of five (or possibly seven, depending on who you ask) examples ever built. The SVJ used many of the high performance parts originally developed for Jota, including upgrades to the engine, body, exhaust, suspension and brakes.

This particular example, chassis number 4892, was originally built as a Miura SV and later converted to SVJ specification. Only two SVJs were built at the factory from the ground up. It underwent a two-year restoration in 2007 costing $225,000. The current owner was also able to get in touch with Bob Wallace before he passed away in 2013 to confirm that it was indeed a factory converted SVJ.

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Top-Ten Best 1960s Supercars

Top-Ten Best 1960s Supercars

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.

And for good reason. Simple leather is mixed with gasoline until emotions boil. This list spans such greats as the Ferrari 250GT California Spider LWB Competizione to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. And what a long, strange trip it was between those two masterpieces.

The birth of the Porsche 911, the Aston Martin DB5, the Shelby Cobra and Ford GT40, the Maserati Ghibli Spyder and many more.

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.

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Dante builds new gold sculpture of Lamborghini Miura

Dante builds new gold sculpture of Lamborghini Miura

About a year ago, Swiss artist Dante brought a 24-karat Ferrari 250 GTO sculpture to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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.

What’s the catch for this one-off, you ask?

It’s a solid gold sculpture of the Miura.

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Video: Hear the sounds of Lamborghinis accelerating

Video: Hear the sounds of Lamborghinis accelerating

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.

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1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype auctioned for $1.705 Million

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype auctioned for $1.705 Million

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.

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The New Lamborghini Miura II Hasn't Gone Over Well With Volkswagen

The New Lamborghini Miura II Hasn’t Gone Over Well With Volkswagen

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?

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1971 Lamborghini Miura SV Jota for auction

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV Jota for auction

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.

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Why doesn’t Lamborghini make the Miura Concept?

Lamborghini is all about the future. They make futuristic designs. Their cars always look like they came from outer space. Making the Miura would mean going back to an older design and that would go against Lamborghini’s goals.

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Designer reveals new-look Lamborghini Miura Nuovo Concept

Designer reveals new-look Lamborghini Miura Nuovo Concept

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.

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Lamborghini Miura on fire!

Lamborghini Miura on fire!

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?

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Exclusive Lamborghini Miura Roadster for sale

Exclusive Lamborghini Miura Roadster for sale

This may be an opportunity to own one the most exclusive Lamborghini Miura’s ever made. The only roadster built with a true factory connection is up for sale, again.

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.

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Russo And Steele Monterey auction results: Keep your Countach!

Russo And Steele Monterey auction results: Keep your Countach!

With all the events taking place in Monterey, California every August, the Russo and Steele event is a must go. It is much smaller than the Scottsdale auction but it is certaintly Monterey styled for the VIPs. Nonetheless, there were over 150 cars running over the auction block for a combined total of over $10 million in sales.

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World's rarest Lamborghini sold

World’s rarest Lamborghini sold

Lamborghini’s Miura is considered the most beautiful and arguably most desirable post-war sports car built for the road. A mere 762 Miura’s were produced between 1967 and 1973.
The ultimate specification P400SV now commands prices of up to $800,000. In 1968 Lamborghini’s factory produced a single Miura Roadster, designed by Bertone for the 1968 Brussels car show. The prototype car was later exhibited at car shows throughout the world, before being sold to the Boston Museum of Transportation. (...)

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Miura's Tour at 40th Anniversary

Miura’s Tour at 40th Anniversary

Inspired by the Ford GT40, the Miura astonished showgoers at the 1965 Turin Motor Show where only the chassis was shown, with multiple orders being placed despite the lack of an actual body. Later, Marcello Gandini from Bertone, who would later go on to design almost all of Lamborghini’s cars, was chosen to design the body. Both body and chassis were launched five months later at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. It was a sensation, with its flamboyant bodywork and unusual engine and clam-shell (...)

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Frank Sinatra's Miura

Frank Sinatra’s Miura

It seems like Frank Sinatra had a very good taste in everything: music, film, cars... wise man... He had a Miura... Frank Sinatra Biography
Sinatra is an American icon. His official career was singing: he began as a rail-thin crooner during World War II, and matured into the most respected pop singer of his generation. He also took up acting, winning an Academy Award for his performance in From Here To Eternity (1953, with Burt Lancaster). Along the way Sinatra developed a reputation as a (...)

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