The Original Supercar

Before the introduction of the Lamborghini Miura at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the term ‘supercar’ simply did not exist. The Miura heralded the beginning of a new age in automotive history, and visually, it looked like nothing else on the road. Designer, Marcello Gandini, was just 27 when he penned its stunning design for Bertone, and his work encapsulated the youthful spirit of the age and the power lying behind the bodywork.

The Miura’s design was indebted to its engine placement, with the V12 mounted transversely directly behind the passenger compartment. Not only did this allow for a highly attractive silhouette, but it also gave the Miura incredible balance and weight distribution. Like many supercars that have followed in its footsteps, the Miura evolved over time, and the last iteration, the P400 SV, was the most developed and potent. Needless to say, performance was incredible, and the SV could outrun just about everything on the road when new. Producing a total of 385 bhp, the SV could sprint from 0–60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. On a wide-open stretch of road, the Miura could reach a top speed of 180 mph.

RM Sotheby's will be offering this absolutely stunning 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV at their upcoming Petersen Automotive Museum Auction on the 8th December. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Karissa Hosek ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.