RE: Showpiece of the Week: Lamborghini Miura S

RE: Showpiece of the Week: Lamborghini Miura S

Monday 7th January

Showpiece of the Week: Lamborghini Miura S

With the Miura, Lamborghini can justly claimed to have changed the world. Hence the price...



Few moments in cinematic history have etched themselves into the car enthusiast's memory with such assurance as the opening scenes of the 1969 caper "The Italian Job", where a Lamborghini Miura is seen negotiating a series of sun-kissed, snow-capped and wonderfully ribbony Alpine roads before meeting its premature end in a tunnel.

Some people may well remember it for the beauty of the scenery, or the mellifluous tones of Matt Monro. Most will of course remember it for the glorious lines of the Arancio Orange Miura itself, in the days the film was made just about the most stunning thing you could hope to encounter not just in the Alps but almost anywhere, then as now a twinkling jewel of a car. It was after all a 180mph mid-engined supercar that stood just 43in high, and it had been taking the world by storm since 1966. I think it's fair to say no other car could carry off Minnie Mouse-style headlights so well.


Me, I'm in thrall to its large steering wheel. I've always been slightly amused by the extraordinary driving position of the Miura too, and how the driver in this film - sunglasses on, cigarette in mouth, unknowing end just around the corner - occasionally has to shuffle the wheel around as if he were driving a Routemaster 'bus. Italian cars always used to have a driving position that favoured someone with long arms, of course, so your options were usually to sit closer to the wheel than you'd ideally like or to pass the wheel through the hands, Institute of Advanced Motorist-style.

The Miura's low-geared steering wouldn't have helped either, with 3.4 turns of that large wheel lock-to-lock and an 11m turning circle, but in fairness this car does date from 1966 and who the hell cares when it still looks so good over 50 years later? I think it's fair to have to put in a bit of work if you want to be seen in something that's still so utterly desirable, and not just for its looks. After all you've still got that magnificent four-cam 350hp 4.0-litre V12 hung out behind you amidships, transversely mounted - like a Mini turned back to front, as LJK Setright had it - and making both power and music in equal measure. It was safe to 8000rpm, too, not that many owners ventured that far, or needed to. All they needed to do was enjoy the ride and then sit back on their barstools, stroke their chins thoughtfully and let rip to their goggle-eyed audience the exotic names Dallara, Bizzarrini, Gandini, Bertone; best not to mention Giugiaro though...


This beauty we've plucked from the classifieds for salivation also has a showbiz history, having appeared in Lambo-lover Adam Carolla's 2015 film "Road Hard". It's a later S version and is even Arancio Orange, so it could almost be the surviving Miura from "The Italian Job", except it isn't: that one was tracked down and sold on some time ago.

This one's equally highly desirable, though, and looks to be in immaculate condition - it even has air-con, so no longer will the Miura driver wilt in hot weather. Alas you'll need the not inconsiderable sum of Β£1.35 million to buy it, which puts it out of most people's reach - unless of course you happen to have a busload of gold bullion hanging around somewhere?


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Hugh Jarse

Original Poster:

3,208 posts

153 months

Monday 7th January
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Im in for one of these when the inevitable price correction to @£12000 happens. Cash waiting.

sideways man

717 posts

85 months

Monday 7th January
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Me too. I’d love to own one, even though, apparently they aren’t the best drive in the world and try to take off over 140 mph. What a way to go.

BVB

686 posts

101 months

Monday 7th January
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The worlds first supercar, and what a beauty it was/is.

AB

15,633 posts

143 months

Monday 7th January
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Absolutely gorgeous.

nismo48

512 posts

155 months

Monday 7th January
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Absolute beauty of a car.
The SV model even rarer.
Gorgeous..!!

OLDBENZ

197 posts

84 months

Monday 7th January
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I was lucky enough to drive a Miura S belonging to a friend on a rally last year covering approximately 1,000 miles (pic below). I have to say that it was a complete revelation and so much better than I had been expecting. 'Extraordinary' in fact is the only word to describe it. Where to start? I expected a car that was temperamental in traffic and did not handle. It was neither of those things. The steering feel is good - unassisted and not too heavy. You will have to ask someone else if it gets floaty towards the top end. Certainly at 100mph or so it is nicely planted. The jewel is the engine. This is a car that is 50 years old and at 5,000 rpm when my old Astons are running out of puff the engine note changes and it has another 2,800 rpm to give.
I would love to have one.

I am not sure why the Joe Macari car has not sold when others have come and gone quite quickly. Looks nice in the photos though.


TR4man

3,461 posts

122 months

Monday 7th January
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One of the few cars that doesn't have a bad angle at all.

unsprung

3,825 posts

72 months

Monday 7th January
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anybody else still, after all these years, mildly fascinated by the transverse position of the engine?


Jellinek

229 posts

223 months

Monday 7th January
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Just staggering to think Gandini was still in his mid 20’s when he penned the shape, has to be the prettiest car on the planet for me, just perfect.

soad

30,480 posts

124 months

Monday 7th January
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Jellinek said:
Just staggering to think Gandini was still in his mid 20’s when he penned the shape, has to be the prettiest car on the planet for me, just perfect.
He's done loads and loads, clearly a talented chap.

cossers

1,776 posts

88 months

Monday 7th January
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Friend of mine has one in red, sv as well, took me for a spin a while back wouldn’t let me drive it though :-( don’t blame him.

Krikkit

16,755 posts

129 months

Monday 7th January
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OLDBENZ said:
I was lucky enough to drive a Miura S belonging to a friend on a rally last year covering approximately 1,000 miles (pic below). I have to say that it was a complete revelation and so much better than I had been expecting. 'Extraordinary' in fact is the only word to describe it. Where to start? I expected a car that was temperamental in traffic and did not handle. It was neither of those things. The steering feel is good - unassisted and not too heavy. You will have to ask someone else if it gets floaty towards the top end. Certainly at 100mph or so it is nicely planted. The jewel is the engine. This is a car that is 50 years old and at 5,000 rpm when my old Astons are running out of puff the engine note changes and it has another 2,800 rpm to give.
I would love to have one.
Bucket list stuff. I can't say that I'm not jealous!

Kierkegaard

2,179 posts

46 months

Monday 7th January
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unsprung said:
anybody else still, after all these years, mildly fascinated by the transverse position of the engine?
Which was supposedly inspired by the Mini (as alluded to in the article).

Also, I believe some were scrapped in the 70s/80s as no-one wanted them and they weren't worth anything. Imagine that.

samoht

1,050 posts

94 months

Monday 7th January
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unsprung said:
anybody else still, after all these years, mildly fascinated by the transverse position of the engine?
I'm fascinated by the potential for a car to have a V12, yet not be distended by it, just to slip it in behind the seats.

I'd love to see a modern recreation of the Muira - a smallish, high-revving naturally aspirated V12 mounted transversely, carbon tub for light weight without being too flexible, similarly flowing lines. Doubt it would ever happen, though.


Mr Tidy

9,743 posts

75 months

Monday 7th January
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Stunning cars - that has to be the poster car before the Countach!

IIRC Jay Leno has a couple - I'm sure there is one of his reviews around on the net.

It may have been sold if I'd had the right numbers for the New Years Day Euromillions draw. laugh

just passing by

30 posts

25 months

Monday 7th January
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a friend has one in lime green .. even (or especially) in that colour, breathtaking .. and that's before the ignition key is turned. As someone has said earlier, a true bucket-list car.

Deepsixed

15 posts

21 months

Monday 7th January
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That was my poster car (albeit in lime green) back when I was a nipper in the '60s.
Would have one in a heartbeat if my numbers ever came up.

MCBrowncoat

199 posts

94 months

Tuesday 8th January
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I also find it odd that this one has been on sale for such a long time. I pop on Joe Macari quite a lot (just to dream) and it went live about the same time as another, in blue IIRC. Can't think of a reasonable reason, on the face of it, why this still hasn't sold?

Also, worth posting this, another one that has gone live recently - What a colour combo!!

http://www.joemacari.com/All-Cars-for-Sale/_prod_L...

BFleming

1,536 posts

91 months

Tuesday 8th January
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Hugh Jarse said:
Im in for one of these when the inevitable price correction to @£12000 happens. Cash waiting.

There's one thing in picture for slightly over your budget. It is a Lamborghini though...
http://www.joemacari.com/All-Cars-for-Sale/_prod_L...

unsprung

3,825 posts

72 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Kierkegaard said:
unsprung said:
anybody else still, after all these years, mildly fascinated by the transverse position of the engine?
Which was supposedly inspired by the Mini (as alluded to in the article).

Also, I believe some were scrapped in the 70s/80s as no-one wanted them and they weren't worth anything. Imagine that.
"Imagine that."

lol hehe quite simply, we were different people back then

rather like ubiquitous smoking or grabbing the scissors to cut an article from the newspaper