1971 Lamborghini Miura
January 29, 2016
This 1971 Lamborghini Miura LP400 S by Bertone is a desirable and very late-production car. Its Bertone bodywork was penned by Marcello Gandini, and the development team included two brilliant engineers that were privileged enough to work on the Miura at the start of their long careers, Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani.
The Miura’s chassis was carefully tuned to provide excellent handling, and control the Miura’s horsepower, which came at the hands of Bob Wallace, whose name would become inextricably linked with the brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Its mid-engined layout revolutionized the industry. With 370 bhp, 3,929 cc DOHC transverse mid-mounted alloy V-12 engine with four Weber 40 IDL 3C carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with A-arms, coil springs, tubular shock absorbers, anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes. It offered a thrilling combination of not only performance and tremendous speed but also design and technical innovation that were meant to shock and awe. Only 3,788 kms since new.
To many, the introduction of the Lamborghini Miura heralded the birth of the “supercar” as we know it. Prior to its introduction in 1966, there were, of course, many cars that offered incredible levels of performance and exclusivity to the privileged few, but there were none like the Miura.