Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura as good as defines the classic supercar. Visually, its sweeps and curves are in all the right places.  And technically, its power output is this side of 'manageable'.  But, thankfully, only just!

Aesthetically, the Miura had a strong pedigree.  It was a product of Nuccio Bertone's legendary design house. Specifically, the work of a young Marcello Gandini.  Even at that early stage in his career, he was one of the best of Bertone's stylists.  While the 'eye-shadow' around the pop-up lights is a bit kitsch, the bodywork lines flow freely.  Certainly, the Miura mesmerised onlookers at the 1966 Geneva Show.  Fittingly for a car named after a Spanish fighting bull, the Miura's muscular beauty demanded respect!

A 4-litre V12 engine pushed out 350bhp.  It was installed sideways-on, behind the seats - thereby reducing the wheelbase, and optimising the car's centre of gravity.  That all helped with high-speed handling.  So much so, that the Miura could almost be considered an all-rounder.  At least, as compared with today's supercars!  It was a resounding commercial success - testament to the fact that it performed well in most areas.  The Lamborghini Miura, then, was both user-friendly, and refined ... apart from that eye-shadow!

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