Lamborghini took the motoring world by storm including Ferrari when they introduced the Miura to the world in 1966. Never had a sports car looked so sleek and sexy. The V12 engine sounded like thunder and the overall design by Bertones new genius Marcello Gandini was a sensation. The Lamborghini Miura was named after Eduardo Miura a famous fighting bull breeder in Seville Ferruccio. Lamborghini also badged their cars with a bull influenced by Eduardo’s ranch.
Lamborghini wanted a fast road car but used the preliminary design of a race car with a mid engine set up for the very first time in a road going car. A new word was used to describe such a design and this was supercar.
Today the Lamborghini Miura is the iconic legend it was always predicted to be with prices up to 3 million pounds. Who wouldn’t want to own the first of its kind?
With only 764 Lamborghini Miura’s ever made if you are lucky enough to be able to afford one you will still have the task of finding the right one for sale. Most of the Miura’s you’ll find have either been professionally restored or have had some restoration work done at some stage of their life time. You probably won’t find a rusty Miura but you might find one with poorly done restoration work so check all panels are true and straight with panel gaps correct all the way round the car.
The V12 engine is a fantastic piece of engineering and was built to be used being both strong and reliable. However hard driving is one thing, abuse is another so regular specialist servicing is a must, check the cars history for this. Oil changes should be every 5,000 miles and the Miura shouldn’t need much topping up between these and as the oil is shared between engine and gearbox make sure a good quality semi synthetic oil is used.
Transmission is fairly long lived yet every Miura will have some transmission noise. Listen out for a whine and rumbling bearings as these are sure signs of a worn gearbox.
Clutches are durable but it depends on how hard the car has been driven. Replacing a clutch every 30,000 miles is normal but it is an engine out job.
Frank Sinatra who owned an orange Lamborghini Miura once said, “You own a Ferrari when you want to be somebody. You own a Lamborghini if you are somebody” very pretentious from old blue eyes.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“The Supercar is here. The Lamborghini Miura started something the whole world would take notice of, the mid engine sports car took the world by storm with every sports car maker wanting to replicate the Miura. Today the Miura takes pride of place as an icon of Italian design”