The Lamborghini Miura (Me-you-rra) offers a couple of firsts. For one, many have dubbed it the first true supercar, a mass-produced masterpiece made for the street but at home on the track. Sure, we had the E-types, the 300 SLs, the 250 GTs, and the Corvettes, but the Lamborghini Miura stands apart because it is more than just a sports car or even a grand-touring vehicle. It had a mid-engine design, making it the first mid-engine road car produced in relatively large numbers. It paved the way for many supercars that followed by borrowing a set-up that was then often found only in race cars (or race cars modified for the street), such as the Ford GT40. In fact, the Miura’s basic shape and dimensions came from the back-to-back Le Mans winner. Ford is even rumored to have helped Lamborghini improve the Miura, offering notes on how to strengthen the transverse engine’s linkage after Ford bought a Miura for testing.
Today, the Miura’s sleek lines harbor back to a different kind of Lamborghini, before the in-your-face styling of the Countach drew the supercar manufacturer down the road of hard edges and well-sculpted lines. While everything since ’74 screams of its distinctive era, the Miura remains charismatic to the eyes, securing its classic status.
Article by: Benjamin Greene