Powerful and agile, yet deliciously sensual, the 1966 Lamborghini Miura was a masterpiece of design, engineering and performance. In fact, it was so technologically advanced that Ferrucio Lamborghini was able to present it, still without a body, at the Turin Motor Show of 1965. Based on that alone, he got a bunch of deposits and advance payments, which he used to get Bertone do design the look of the car. Marcello Gandini, only 25 years old, designed a car that even today exudes boldness, performance and sensuality which many believe still has no equal. The Miura was more than looks and fancy technology; it was an a very advanced vehicle, the first of the V12 mid-engine supercars.
Part of what made the Lamborghini Miura special was not only its powerful, 4-liter V12 engine that developed from 350 to 385 horsepower, but the fact that it was mounted transversely, in order to save space and keep the length of the car, and the wheelbase, to a minimum, thus maximizing handling and agility. The Miura was equipped with a special, Lamborghini-designed trans-axle, mounted at the rear of the engine, not unlike what was found on the Mini, except that the power outputs were radically different.
The 1966 Lamborghini Miura could reach a top speed of 170 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in 6.7 seconds, both incredible figures for the time, and still impressive today. Beyond sheer performance, which the Miura had plenty, it was a delightful car to drive, and set the standard for future generations of supercars.