Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Lamborghini Miura P400 Roadster

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 one you're looking at here is not just a roadster - it's the roadster. The only factory-commissioned open-top Miura, this very car was built by Bertone for the 1968 Brussels Motor Show, and it's been exhibited globally ever since. After a number of auto salons it was sold to the International Lead Zinc Research Organization to use as a showcase for the use of zinc alloys in automobiles - bit weird - and was eventually sold on to a New York City real estate developer by the name of Adam Gordon in 2006, who commissioned the Bobileff Motorcar Company of San Diego, California to restore it to original Bertone Roadster spec. It's subsequently been shown at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island, and you see it here at this year's Salon Privé. Check out that spangly disco paintwork!

More from Salon Privé here.

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