Lmborghini is celebrating its glorious past and the 50th anniversary of the Miura with an official attendance at the 2016 Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in Padua. From 20 to 23 October a large stand will bring Lamborghini’s heritage together in a display divided into three sections: PoloStorico, the Miura and the Museum.
The body of a Miura SV (chassis number 5030) is on display at an advanced stage of restoration in the PoloStorico area. After going on show as a bare aluminum bodyshell at Technoclassica in Essen in April this year, it is now a body assembled to the suspension set-up stage, with bodywork painted in its original gold; engine and transmission systems are partially fitted. The black leather interiors are still being worked on for subsequent refitting.
The Miura’s important 50th anniversary year is being celebrated with the display of a metallic green vehicle (chassis number 4846), which was shown at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show to mark the launch of the Miura SV. This car was the very first to be restored by Lamborghini PoloStorico, which lovingly brought it back to its original condition. This year, the restored vehicle won several important accolades, including the “Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016, and the “Trofeo BMW Group Italia”, voted for by public referendum at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este. The vehicle is displayed against a backdrop of photos showing some of the most significant moments of the 50th anniversary Miura Tour, when an array of brightly colored Miuras from all four corners of the globe drove along some of the most picturesque routes in Emilia, Liguria and Tuscany in June this year.
The Miura became a unique automobile that revolutionized the sports car world in the 1960s. Designed in 1965 by a Lamborghini engineering team headed by Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani and with a body conceived by Marcello Gandini for Carrozzeria Bertone, it immediately became a highly coveted car.
It featured a look that was sleek and sensual. It was only 105 centimeters tall and had a minimum ground clearance of only 13,5 cm. Firstly shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966, it was an immediate international hit that transformed the sports car world. Its transverse rear 4-liter 60° V12 mid-engine, joined by transaxle to form a single unit, churned out 350 hp at 7000 rpm and powered the Miura to a record maximum speed (at the time) of 280 km/h.
With the Miura, which took its name from Edoardo Miura, who was a close friend of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini and a famous breeder of bulls, Lamborghini began the tradition of naming its cars after Spanish bullfighting. 763 Miuras were delivered throughout the world, in three versions produced from 1966 to 1972, and in some 60 different colors.
The Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese is bringing two gems from its collection to Padua. The first is the 2005 Gallardo S concept, which includes unusual interior design choices such as the element dividing the driver and the passenger and the lack of windscreen, replaced by slim spoilers designed to divert the flow of air up and above the passengers’ heads.
The second is the current Huracán Super Trofeo, the race car that competes in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make series, representing the extensive motorsport collection displayed at the museum.
Next up, the Lamborghini PoloStorico is the Raging Bull marque’s specialist heritage department and focused on four key areas: restoration, archive management, certification and the supply of original spare parts via Lamborghini After Sales and its dealer network. Lamborghini holds parts for more than 70% of the historic Lambo car park with additional components manufactured as required, assisting in the preservation of historic Lamborghini models. PoloStorico has completed four restoration projects in the last two years: a Miura, a LM002, a Countach and a 350 GT.