In 1966, Lamborghini made sports car history as they introduced a mid-engine prototype to the world via a display at the Geneva Auto Show. The prototype P400 soon entered production as the Miura, and the sports car world hasn’t been the same since. Pioneering the mid-engine design, the Miura set the stage for many of the supercars of today. Like may supercars throughout history, the Miura was sold in small numbers over a span of seven years. Only around 760 Miuras were built from 1966-1973, and they have become uber collectable. According to Hemmings, the average Miura selling price is about $500,000. Lucky for us, Matchbox has several mini versions that are a bit easier on our wallets.

Matchbox introduced their scaled version of the Miura in 1968 and have since introduced an even better looking (and more accurate) version - and included it in their Best Of line.

This 1971 Miura casting has Superfast wheels, a red chassis, and opening doors.

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It’s cool to see opening doors on any model, but to see the inside door panel with detailing on it is detailing on whole ‘nother level - and this was in 1968. Should LaLD start a #bringbackthedoors movement? I say yes!

Then in 2010, Matchbox introduced a new Miura model, and it had several styling improvements — but the opening doors were gone.

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The new model is more realistically shaped, has classic looking wheels with a great stance, and tampos that add front and rear detailing that was missing from the 1968 release - and it brings the whole model up to date.

Here’s a then/now look at the two models compared to each other.

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Then last year, Matchbox introduced the Miura to their Best of line, and took the already great styling and added new mesh/multi spoke wheels with rubber tires. The new wheels matched with a stunning blue and gold paint job makes the Best of Miura, well, one of the best Matchbox Miuras out there.

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Here’s a few more of the then/now comparisons between the 2017 Miura and original.

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Over 50 years has passed since the release of the Miura and Matchbox is still packing shelves with the amazing, original mid-engined supercar from Italy. Bravo Matchbox, Bravo!

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