Thursday, 24 September 2015

1968 Miura P400

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



Lamborghini Miuras are always special. With ideas pinched from the humble Mini (the transversely-mounted engine, the gearbox-in-sump arrangement) and an overtly race-car-for-the-road ethos that saw the car designed behind Ferruccio Lamborghini's back - he was more keen on building luxurious grand tourers - it had solid pedigree right from the start. The fact that Marcello Gandini styled it to look like some kind of boisterous spaceship has ensured that it's every bit as jaw-dropping today as it was when it was unveiled in Geneva in 1966.

The shouty SV is the poster-kid for countless retro supercar droolers, but let's just take a moment to enjoy the elegance of the early P400. This 1968 example (ignore the '73 plates), resplendent in baby blue, just drips charm, simultaneously managing to be aggressive and delicate, friendly and foreboding. It's one of the all-time great designs, mankind can be very proud of this one.

Spotted at Salon Privé 2015 - more pics here.









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