The original supercar, the Lamborghini Miura was one of the world’s first mass-produced supercars made available to the public. Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of Automobili Lamborghini, was initially sceptical of the idea of developing a supercar in the mould that the designers of the Miura intended. In their spare time, during long nights of extra work, lead designers from the Lamborghini design team Gian Paolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace worked over-time to bring their dream supercar to fruition. Envisaged as a racing car-inspired supercar that could contend with its on track rivals, while making the exhilaration of that level of performance available to the vying public, the Lamborghini Miura eventually won over Ferruccio Lamborghini and made it to the production line through the dedicated passions of its designers.
Assembled at the Automobili Lamborghini in Sant’Agata, Bolognese, Italy, between 1966 and 1973, the Miura’s prototype was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. The Miura debuted under the moniker of P400, which paid homage to the supercar’s engine that was taken from the Lamborghini tourer car, the 400GT. The Miura underwent several changes and upgrades over the course of its production run. The Miura S, also known as the P400S Miura, was unveiled in 1968’s Turin Motor Show and boasted several modifications and an increase in engine capacity. Later variants such as the P400 Jota, P400 SV/J, the one-off Miura Roadster and P400 SVJ Spider all gradually elaborated on the supercar’s original design. Forty years after the Miura’s initial unveiling, in 2006, a Miura concept car was designed by Walter de’Silva to mark the Miura’s fortieth anniversary.
In its heyday, the Miura revolutionised supercar design, with many of its features adopted by the industry as standard. Upon its release, the Lamborghini reigned supreme as the fastest supercar of its time.