The are a few cars that can hold up to the pedigree of changing the world of cars as the Lamborghini Miura did. It was the original “supercar” that changed the way the world would look for in fast, sporty automobiles. Its introduction broke the very foundations of now a fast car is made, being the first car in the world to carry a mid-mounted engine that soon became the default template for supercars of the future. It’s design was an extreme too, created by Marcello Gandini for Bertone.
When the Lamborghini Miura first came out in 1966, people were awestruck by its design and performance. Carrying a mid-mounted 350 horsepower V12 engine, it was the fastest car the world had ever seen, capable of touching a top speed of 270 kmph with a blistering fast acceleration of 0-100 kmph in 6.7 seconds. It was this car that brought the winds of change to Ferrari and many others, who after the Miura, changed their supercars to adopt a similar mid-mounted engine layout.
This Bianco (white) Lamborghini Miura LP400 S here is the second iteration of the revolutionary car that came from Ferruccio Lamborghini’s company in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. It was a rework on the original where the power was taken up to 370 horsepower, bringing down the 0-100 kmph acceleration down to 5.5 seconds. The Lamborghini Miura LP400 S was produced between 1986 – 1971, during which, a total of 388 examples were made. This particular car is the 22nd-from last LP400 S unit that was produced and will be auction at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction that will take place on January 28-29, 2015.
All images © Patrick Ernzen for RM Sotheby’s