LAMBORGHINI MIURA (SEPTEMBER)
Updated: Mar 19
Car of the Month- Lamborghini Miura
Hello friends! Starting this September, this blog will kick off three cars of the same brand, starting from the Lamborghini Miura. The Lamborghini Miura is a sports car manufactured by the Italian Automobili Lamboghini S.p.A. from 1966 to 1973. It was the first supercar with a rear mid-engined two seat layout.
The model was also known as Posteriore 4 litri and was powered by a version of the 3.9 L Lamborghini V12 engine that was also used for the Lamborghini 400GT. The engine was also mounted transversely and it also produced 350 PS (257 kW). From the Morris Mini, the company also formed an engine and gearbox in one casting. The model also featured steel frames and doors with aluminum front and rear skinned body sections and was originally fitted with Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres (CN72). 275 models were built.
The model was originally a test mule developed in 1970 by Lamborghini development driver Bob Wallace to conform to the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) Appendix J racing regulations. It had extensive modifications including having the steel chassis components and body panels with the lightweight aluminum alloy Avional and replacing the side windows with plastic. The model also featured a front spoiler, fixed, faired-in headlights, and two smaller, sill-mounted fuel tanks compared to the larger original unit. It also featured a widened suspension and lightweight wheels.
The model was also powered by an engine capable of producing 312-328 kW (424-445 PS) with an increased compression ratio, altered cams, electronic ignition, dry-sump lubrication and a less restrictive exhaust system. The only model was bought after extensive testing, however, it was crashed and burned to the ground on the yet-unopened ring road around Brescia on April 1971.
The model was launched at the Turin Motor Show in November 1968, and the original chassis was still put into use. It was a slightly revised P400, with power windows, bright chrome trim around external windows and headlights, new overhead inline console with new rocker switches. The engine intake manifolds were 2mm larger, there were different camshaft profiles, and notched trunk end panels for more luggage space. The engine also produced 20 PS (15 kW). The model also featured a locking gearbox lid, reversed-positioned cigarette lighter and windshield wiper switch, single release handles for front and rear body sections, power windows, and optional air conditioning for $800. About 338 models were produced.
The model was launched in 1971. It featured different cam timing and altered 4X3-barrel Weber carburetors, giving an additional 15 PS (11kW) to the engine. It also featured a gearbox that has it's lubrication system separate from the engine for the use of appropriate oil types for the gearbox and engine; it also alleviated concerns that metal shavings from the gearbox could travel to the engine with disastrous and expensive results. The "eyelashes" around the headlamps were also removed and the rear fenders were made wider to accommodate the 9" rear wheels and the Pirelli Cinturato tires, and the tailights were also different. 150 models were produced.
Six models were known to built together with the original model, one of which went to the Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and that model was stored under armed guard with another SV model at the Royal Palace in Tehran. However, those models were seized by the Iranian government in the Iranian revolution. The SV/J was sold to Dubai in 1995, sold to actor Nicolas Cage at a Brooks auction in 1997, and he sold it in 2002.
Another model was built using an unbuilt P400S chassis, and it was for Jean Claude Mimran, one of the Mimran brothers, the then owners of the company. Further Miuras were also upgraded to be SV/Js by different garages in Switzerland, U.S.A., and Japan.
The model was launched at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show. The model was also the original P400S presented at the same motor show a decade earlier. It also featured wide wheels and a rear wing reflecting the brand's revival, it was mistook by some as a prototype for a possible limited series of the Miura Spider, but it was actually a one-off show car made in behalf of the Swiss Lamborghini Importer Lambo-Motor AG. It was then sold to Jean Wicki, having the model's rear wing and chin spoiler removed and painted silver. The model was then sold to the Lamborghini Specialist Autodrome and then restored the model's bodywork and upholstery and painted it lime green. It was then sold to a Parisian collector.
The model was another one-off show car built by Bertone. It was also based on a P400 and was first shown at the 1968 Brussels Auto Show. After being exhibited in several salons, it was then sold to the International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO) for exhibiting the possibilities of using zinc alloys in cars. It was then sold to New York City real estate developer Adam Gordon. It was then returned to its original style by Bobileff Motorcars and was shown in August 2008 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and in the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2013.
The model was presented at the American Museum of Television and Radio on January 5, 2006 alongside the Los Angeles Auto Show. It was also officially debuted at the North American International Auto Show two weeks later. It was also made for the 40th anniversary of the 1966 Geneva introduction of the model.
It was also the first design by Lamborghini's design chief Walter de Silva. Also, it greatly resembles the Miura while it's foundation was derived from the modern Murcielago. However, it was denied by the company's CEO Stefan Winklemann that the concept would mark the Miura's return to production.
2016 Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage
It is a celebration of 50 years of the model. It was also created by the company's Ad Personam Customization Division.
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