The Legendary ‘Italian Job’ Miura That Disappeared For Five Decades

May 7, 2019

Category: Rides

Every single day, we discuss a wide range of renowned vehicles, from iconic classics all the way to legendary flagship offerings — few of which meet the timeless standard set forth by one of Italy’s most prolific supercar manufacturers, Lamborghini. Every platform the brand has ever released warrants some type of merit, with certain models stealing the spotlight depending on the era, function, and terminology — but amidst the company’s bolstered catalog, the famed Miura stands as its sole progenitor.

The Miura was the world’s first mid-engined two-seater, bringing an evolutionary change to the automotive industry following its introduction in the late 1960s. To capitalize on the beauteous, 345-horsepower vehicle’s popularity, Paramount Pictures approached Automobili Lamborghini, proposing the use of the manufacturer’s newly administered P400 in the highly acclaimed 1969 heist film, The Italian Job. Lamborghini’s Enzo Moruzzi would deliver the vehicle (chassis #3586) to the set, where it would warrant exceptional praise as the mesmerizing movie car driven (and crashed) by Rossano Brazzi on the Great St Bernard Pass at the film’s start. In reality, the vehicle wasn’t decommissioned in the mountains of Switzerland, and following production, it would “disappear” for nearly five decades — becoming one of the automotive industry’s most sought after variants. Now, on the film’s 50th anniversary, the Miura has made a spectacular reemergence. After its acquisition in 2018 by Liechtenstein collector, Fritz Kaiser, the vehicle was sent to Lamborghini’s historic department, Polo Storico, for documentation — a process which involved testimony by enthusiasts and former employees, alike — with a final, decisive identification by the driver who had personally delivered the vehicle 50 years prior, Enzo Moruzzi.

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