This dramatic road car lifted Lamborghini to the manufacturer
of advanced supercars, surpassing Ferrari in some pundits
Ferruccio Lamborghini used a young team to design a super-sportscar
and they used principles from the latest F1 cars and sports
racers. Ferruccio deemed this car to be more of a show
car, but the Miura (named after a Spanish fighting bull)
became one of Lamborghini's biggest and most profitable
The engine was a 350bhp V12 and was mounted transversely
behind the cockpit. At the back of the engine was a special
transaxle with a light alloy crank case seen as unique
in such a high performance vehicle.
Coil springs and wishbones suspended the chassis. Marcello
Gandini added some appealing style to the Miura. "Eyelashes"
were added to the flip-up lights along with a louvered
engine cover making it arguably the best-looking Lamborghini
A year later it went into full manufacture with its top
speed being 273 km/h and its balance, traction and cornering
putting it head and shoulders above the rest. Its only
complaints were noise whilst driving, and the heavy gear
The S model of 1969 had a stiffer chassis, its tires were
wider and its suspension was better. It also had vented
disc brakes, air-conditioning and power windows.
SV was seen as the best with its redesigned front and
rear suspension which stopped aerodynamic lift. The SV
lasted only one year, finishing in 1972.