Lamborghini Miura the first supercar ever
The 1966 Lamborghini Miura, the absolute game changer in sports cars, became a classic almost immediately after its preview. It is an engineering masterpiece with a central V16 engine and an iconic sleek body; the two-seater quickly became a rock star in sports car venues. At that time it was the fastest production road car available.
The Lamborghini Miura prototype broke the mold at the prestigious at the 1966 Geneva Auto personal project of three engineers, revolutionized the industry with its design and performance. The developers' concept focused on a car that could win on the professional racetrack and be driven on a highway by the speed enthusiasts.
The lightweight car continues to increase in value, there are rumors that the Miura will soon be selling for close to $1 million.
The Miura is superior to other models in appearance, the chassis was race car inspired, and awesome handling levels complement the power. Additionally, its performance, space, and finishing for street and highway driving is stimulating. The car has all-independent suspension, four overhead cams, and transverse-mounted rear engines. The car runs smoothly, perfect for pedal to the metal high speed touring or casual cruising. These are results of weight distribution improvements like moving the battery out of the central frame tunnel and into the front compartment. Another change included pivoting the accelerator from the floor as opposed to a suspended mount.
The body was the work of renowned automobile designer and constructor NuccioBertone in collaboration with Lamborghini's designer. Bertone was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2006. This explains the stunning style and the compilation of mechanics and aesthetics that prompted 10 orders after an early showcasing. These commitments were made by viewers who only saw the chassis on display. The rear window louvers were an industry first. Lamborghini had planned to build 50 models,however, it doubled its production after the enthusiastic reception.
Initially, the company's founder was not convinced that the high-priced car had sales potential. He only relented because he thought the prototype would generate favorable publicity for the company. Instead the Miura became a fast car standard, exactly the eclectic road car that Ferruccio Lamborghini had always dreamed of building. After production began in 1967 the units sold as rapidly as they became available. Between 1966 and 1973 Lamborghini manufactured and sold 764 of the cars in Europe, North America and world-wide.
The 1966 Lamborghini Miura P400 has a 2-door fastback coupe body type, rear wheel drive, and a manual 5-speed gear box. The top speed is 174 mph, and the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 7 seconds. The spark-ignition 4-stroke engine was manufactured by Lamborghini L400, the fuel systems has 4 carburetors. Vehicle horsepower is 345 hp (net), fuel capacity is 23.8 US gallons and it has a manual transmission with 5 gears. Standard tires are 205 VR 15 Pirelli Cinturato HS, a manufacturer known for its affiliation with Maserati, Ferrari and other high-end Italian exotic cars. There are girling disc brakes all around, hydraulically operated, and rack and pinion steering.
Internationally, classic car dealers are still profiting from the sales of 1966 Lamborghini Miuras. For a taste of the ultimate fast lane visit a showroom that includes the Miura in its inventory to browse and dream.