A Timeless Icon: The Lamborghini Miura turns 50

Lamborghini’s first mid-engine supercar, the Miura, is still considered to be one of the most beautiful and exciting cars ever made. It was built in 1966 and set the benchmark for mid-engine supercars that could be used both on the track and on the road. Its combination of beauty, power, performance and engineering was unmatched at the time, and arguably unmatched even today. Well this year, 2016, the Lamborghini Miura celebrates its 50th birthday and the Sant’Agata firm has decided to celebrate in the way that only Lamborghini knows how. With a drive through Italy.

Lamborghini will be inviting Miura owners to take a drive through the beautiful and twisty roads of Emilia Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany, where they can enjoy the scenery, the Italian cuisine and, of course, their Miuras. The purpose of this drive is to celebrate everything about the Miura, including the people that helped create it. Gian Paolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace were Lamborghini’s best engineers at the time and created the P400 prototype which would then later on become the beautiful Miura. Its mid-engine design was a big departure from the front-engine V12 layout of Lamborghini’s previous cars. But it was this forward thinking that would eventually define the segment and so many cars that came after it.

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Fifty years later, the Lamborghini Miura is still considered one of the greatest cars of all time and it’s a claim that’s near impossible to argue. t the 2016 Amelia Concours d’Elegance, Lamborghini displayed six impeccable editions of the timeless vehicle, including a fully restored 1971 Miura SV in Verde Metallizzato – the first vehicle certified by the Lamborghini PoloStorico program. The presentation was a true testament to the Miura’s distinguished place within Lamborghini and automotive history as a whole.

Lamborghini will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Miura with an art exhibit, held at Lamborghini’s historic museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. There, local artist Alfonso Borghi as invited to interpret the Miura and the Lamborghini Raging Bull with art that will be on display. There will also be a second showing to celebrate the Miura at the Monterey Car Week.

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The Lamborghini Miura created the idea of a mid-engine supercar that could be used everyday as well as one the track. So many cars and automakers owe their existence to the Miura, so it’s great that the legendary car is getting the praise it deserves on its 50th anniversary.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.