A beautiful icon: Lamborghini Miura Spyder
The Lamborghini Miura is a icon in the petrolhead world. It captured hearts because of its elegance, speed and unending beauty.
There were also a lot of one-off Miura cars, including the Lamborghini Miura Spyder. This one-off Lamborghini in fact doesn't even show on the company's own register.
This Miura Spyder was created by Nuccio Bertone and Marcello Gandini as just a show car in 1968 where it was unveiled at the Brussels motor show. It was officially christened as the 'Lamborghini Bertone Miura Roadster' and was in a metallic blue with white leather seats.
The spyder was actually completely redesigned compared to the original one and had a lot of beautiful changes which included the rear end which was modified, the rear louvers covering the engine were removed, the tail lights changed and the exhaust pipes now went through the lower grill and other tiny changes.
The V12 engine underneath this beast could produce 394 hp, but despite that Lamborghini declined to take the car into production.
Lamborghini later sold the Miura Spyder to International Lead Zinc Research Organisation (ILZRO) who were looking for a car to showcase lightweight materials they produced. First they dismantled the car and replaced many of it with zinc materials. Then ILZRO also resprayed it green and reassembled it.
After a few years of touring multiple motors shows it was auctioned off and in 1980 it was restored and donated to the Brookline Museum of Transportation. It changed hands for a few years and eventually rested in the hands of Adam Gordon in 1980 who restored the car to full health.
Although it was an easy job for him because it cost a total of £250,000, after which he took it to Pedal Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2008 where it came second. That same year it was sold for an undisclosed figure which is estimated to be around about £7 million.
This beautiful car remains in private hands and its current location is unknown. The Lamborghini Bertone Miura Roadster has only briefly gone to classic car shows in 2015 and been borrowed. Hopefully one day soon we will see it resurface.
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