The Miura is one of my favorite sports cars. This one, once owned by Rod Stewart, is expected to fetch in the neighborhood of US $1.2 million at Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction.
More photos of the Miura after the jump below…
From Classic Cars, July 2004
But step back for a minute and work out what makes the Miura so special. In 1966 there was nothing like it. Only racing cars and the obscure little French Bonnet/Matra Djet had mid-mounted engines. Ferrari’s road-going mainstay was the traditional front-engined 275GTB. So when tractor magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini stole the attention of the Geneva Salon crowd with the Miura, people were shocked as much by its audacious mechanical layout as they were by its era-defining and stunningly gorgeous styling.
Ferruccio Lamborghini’s bold challenge to Ferrari had begun in 1964 with the 350GT but it was the arrival of the Miura – arguably the founder of the supercar class – that established Lamborghini as a major manufacturer of luxury sporting cars. Prior to the model’s official debut at the 1966 Geneva Salon, Lamborghini cars were respected for their impressive mechanical specifications but they somehow lacked a distinctive persona.
+ Source: 1972 Lamborghini Miura :: Bonhams