Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Spaghetti Sunday: Il lavoro Italiano!

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Buon Giorno Tutti! It’s been a while since my last Spaghetti Sunday post but here’s a short one. No history class today as the Miura is well known. To me it was the first supercar and it still is one of the best looking cars ever.

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Proud of it’s background it had a Bertone badge on both it’s sides. Actual design of it’s body came from Marcello Gandini, technical development was done first though by, amongst others, Gian Paolo Dallara and Bob Wallace.

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Initially the engineers worked on this one in their own time as there was no official order to create this one but when Ferruccio Lamborghini found out what they were doing he actually gave the order to make it happen. As he knew this one could be the ultimate image builder he was desperately seeking to confront arch rival Ferrari with.

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This P400 was the Miura’s first iteration. It had the 3929cc engine the other version had as well, but these later introduced P400S and SV got some extra horses to carry. From the P400's 350 hp it eventually got to 385 for the SV. I’m not mentioning the Jota as that one is too special not to get a proper post in a future SS.

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In the end Lamborghini had produced 764 Miura’s, of which 275 had been P400. That 400 was for it’s quattro litri motore, the P was for Posteriore. Trazione posteriore is for RWD but somehow I suppose Lamborghini wanted people to know the engine was in the rear of it’s seats. In front of it’s rear axle of course.

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But Lamborghini cars developed and sold up until the introduction of the Miura had a traditional FR lay-out so it was something new for them anyway. And for an image-builder it sold tremendously: The first Lambo ever (350GT, introduced only 2 years prior to the Miura) only did 120 units in three years time. The Jamara, introduced after the Miura, did 328 units in 6 years time. Only the Espada seemed to be able to beat the Miura when it comes to sales with over a thousand produced.

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Questo è tutto per oggi. Does anyone know what happened with the results of the LaLD car week? Can’t seem to find those or am I just being Kinja’d? And if you want to see a Miura driven on a mountain-pass I can highly recommend the original The Italian Job. It’s opening scene is all about it.

And great music my Matt Munroe, the singing bus driver. Excellent for your Sunday. The model featuring today was a 1/64 Kyosho which somehow I’m sure of did come by before on LaLD. Ciao Tutti!

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