Just about every supercar ever made has to thank the Lamborghini Miura for doing it all first. Now may be the perfect time for it, as the mid-engined pioneer celebrates its 50th birthday.
The bull-badged brand is commemorating the Miura’s five decades of history by showcasing the car at The Quail, a high-end car show that takes place every year during Monterey Car Week.
About a dozen Miura’s of varying year and trim levels are on display at the show and the brand CEO Stefano Domenicali, was quick to point out the importance of the 50 year old car, while introducing the new Centenario Roadster during a press conference at the event.
Powered by a naturally aspirated 3.9-liter V12 engine, the 1966 Miura made about 350 hp and used a its mid-engine, rear-wheel drive setup to achieve a 7-second sprint to 60 mph. Only about 275 were made between 1966 and 1969, and by then the Italian automaker introduced the P400S, which made a bit more power. Those models lasted until 1971 and 338 of those models were sold. Lamborghini followed that up with 150 models named the P400SV making 380 hp now.
Celebrities including Jay Kay, Elton John, Nicolas Cage, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Jay Leno and many many more have owned Miuras in the past, helping to establish this brands elite status.
Enjoy this gallery of the gorgeous Italian ride on the gorgeous golf green here at The Quail.
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