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1966-1969 Lamborghini Miura by Bertone

The Lamborghini Miura was designed by Marcello Gandini, of Bertone. A mockup was displayed at the Turin Motor show in 1965. It featured a mid-mounted V12 Lamborghini engine, and the original P400 produced 350 bhp (The SV shown produced 385bhp). For better ventilation, the car featured flip-up lights and a louvered engine cover. In 1967 the car hit the headlines with a top speed of 170mph. The P400S of 1969 had a stiffer shell, wider tires, improved engine ventilation, vented discs, and more power. The SV, made from 1971 to 1972, was a much-improved car, with a better suspension to stop the aerodynamic lift at high speeds and a new sump (to stop damaging oil surges during hard cornering).


The Miura's rolling chassis was presented at the 1965 Turin Auto Show, and the prototype P400 debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. It received stellar receptions from showgoers and the motoring press alike, each impressed by Marcello Gandini's sleek styling and the car's revolutionary mid-engine design. Lamborghini's flagship, the Miura received periodic updates and remained in production until 1973. A year later the Countach entered the company's lineup, amid tumultuous financial times for the company.


Source: Wikipedia; Lotusespritturbo.com

Images: Carrozzeria Bertone s.p.a.