Lamborghini celebrates Miura’s 50th birthday
Lamborghini is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Miura supercar this year, and to mark the special occasion has taken the car for a road trip – using the roads from “The Italian Job”.
First introduced in 1966, the Lamborghini Miura was the “ultimate sports car”, redefining the concept with its mid-mounted 4.0-litre V12 engine housed inside a spectacular two-seater body designed by Marcello Gandini.
Produced between 1966 and 1973, the Miura is considered one of the original supercars.
In March, Lamborghini restored a green 1971 Miura SV (Superveloce) to mark the nameplate’s 50th birthday. That car was displayed on the Bertone stand at the Geneva motor show of that year.
Continuing the 50-year festivities, two Miuras from Lamborghini’s own museum were taken by the model’s “fathers” on a road trip that followed the route in the 1969 film “The Italian Job”.
Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani, who led the technical development of the Miura, along with designer Marcello Gandini, drove the two Miuras up the hairpin turns of state road 27 around Bernard Mountain in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
Above: photo by Tom Fraser
The two iconic Italian bulls were escorted up the Great St. Bernard Pass by vehicles from Anas – the Italian government-owned company that builds and maintains roads – and the Polizia Stradale (Highway Patrol).
The section of road was opened on a one-time basis specifically for this special occasion.