1968-1970 Lamborghini Miura S
|Written by Sports Car Market|
|Monday, 30 June 1997 16:00|
It is fair to say that before the Miura, Lamborghini produced some outstanding Grand Touring cars which, despite their superlative mechanical specifications, somehow lacked a definable persona. All this changed on 10 March, 1966 when the Geneva Salon opened its doors to the public. Sitting proudly on the Lamborghini stand was the very fist Miura. Completed only days before and finished in a striking orange hue, the car caused a sensation. Its mid-engined V12 layout was in itself highly innovative, but it was the extraordinarily flamboyant body by Marcello Gandini of Bertone that provided the masterly final touch. With 350bhp on tap the car was capable of nearly 180mph in the hands of the brave, which was more than a match for any other road going production car.
The Miura quickly made a name for itself among pop stars, racing drivers, young heads of state and other wealthy playboys. This was the car in which to be seen in the late 1960s, the very last word in style, speed and outright sexiness; the sort of car which made children weak kneed, women swoon and traffic stop in all directions when it passed. Today, if one is asked to call to mind an automotive icon from the Swinging Sixties, then surely it would have to be a Pistachio Green Miura.