The 'Italian Job' Miura has been Found
Hey there, thanks for clicking! Today I'll be telling you about an incredible piece of news that the famous orange Lamborghini Miura from the '69 version of 'The Italian Job' has finally been located and verified by Lamborghini.
'The Italian Job' is an iconic film for many reasons, one of which was using modified Minis as getaway cars for a massive heist and another of which was the Miura in the starting sequence. I can still picture that gorgeous Miura driving through the pass with 'On Days Like These' by Matt Monro playing in the background, oh what a moment that was! The movie starts off with Roger driving the St.Bernard Pass between Italy and Switzerland, those beautiful shots of the first 'supercar' attacking the bends make for some unforgettable viewing that is before the car gets shunted down the side of a hill never to be seen again. Until now that is!
To make this clear, there were two cars used in the making of the film. One was the orange (Arancio Miura) one used in the driving shots and the other was the one shunted down the hill, the latter one did not survive the film. However, after 50 years of seemingly disappearing into oblivion, the surviving Miura with chasis number 3586-0 has finally surfaced.
After filming was complete in 1968, this orange Miura was returned to Lambo to be prepared for delivery to an owner in Rome. Throughout the last 50 years, the car has been passed between private collections and so never appearing in an auction house which made it incredibly hard for even Lamborghini to track it down! Currently part of a collection in Liechtenstein, the owner contacted Lamborghini who verified it as genuine under their Polo Storico program.
One of the people who identified the car is Enzo Moruzzi who not only delivered the car to the set but also drove it in all of the shots for the film. The giveaway was the detached headrests in this car. Since the car was being sold after filming, the white leather seats were replaced with black leather for the film but the headrests were not.
The Lamborghini Miura has become a valuable car for collectors with some fetching prices of over $2 Million so naturally then, this one will be worth considerably more than a standard Miura. However, the owner has no plans to sell it so it'll be a while before the world hears from this Miura again.
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Words by Matthew D'souza, Pictures supplied by Lamborghini Press Office.