Sunday, July 14, 2019

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

The Lamborghini Miura was named after Don Eduardo Miura Fernández, a legendary breeder of fierce Spanish fighting bulls. Prior to the arrival of the Miura in 1967, the supercar didn't exist.

The Miura was the first to be built around key criteria: tremendous speed and jaw-dropping design coupled with technical innovation, resulting in a price tag which only the wealthiest could possibly afford.
Almost immediately, the Lamborghini marque leapfrogged to the head of the class, well ahead of both Ferrari and Maserati, with it's innovative mid-engine configuration. The Miura, which breathed through four triple-choke Weber carburetors, initially offered 350 horsepower on tap and was capable of 175 mph. It was more than a match for any other road going production car of it's era.
In 1968, the “S,” or spinto (tuned), version appeared, boasting 370hp, updated brakes, and other enhancements. The S version was faster and more luxurious. It represented a step forward from its magnificent predecessor.
The Miura S was capable of reaching 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds and 140 mph in fewer than 30 seconds. 160 units were produced in 1969. Hagerty suggests a concours example is trending around $1.2m.