Where do you go to bring the curtain down on 12 months celebrating 50 years of the Lamborghini Miura? Geneva – where the car was first unveiled to the public in 1966? How about the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo – where the Miura wowed the crowds during the Grand Prix weekend? No, Lamborghini headed to a farm.
Looking more like a scene from The Grand Tour, a procession of Lamborghinis – led by a stunning Miura SV from the Museum at Sant’Agata Bolognese – headed from Madrid to a farm in Andalusia. Sounds unlikely, until we tell you the name of the farm in question – Miura. In typical farm fashion, the roads were decidedly muddy. No red carpet for the Miura and its six friends.
Today, the farm is run by Eduardo and Antonio Miura, the sons of Don Eduardo who met Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1966. The farm has a heritage dating back over 175 years and is said to be one of the most highly respected bull breeding farms in Spain. A fitting location for a brand with a bull at the heart of its logo.
By Lamborghini’s own admission, nobody is quite sure why Marcello Gandini’s masterpiece was given this name; Ferruccio never disclosed why he came up with the analogy. Miura bulls are said to be the most intelligent and fiercest of all fighting bulls, with bullfighters speaking of an unmistakable gaze. Whatever, it’s a fitting name for a car that put Lamborghini on the map.
Launched in 1971, the Miura SV was the best of the breed. By now, Lamborghini had ironed out the issues associated with the early models – the original Miura P400 was developed in just four months – and the SV was a fitting send-off for one of the most beautiful cars of the 20th century. Power was increased to 380hp, while Lamborghini also improved the suspension. New taillights, an SV badge and wider rear arches – introduced to accommodate the larger wheels – made the SV model easy to spot.
Sadly, as you can see from the video below, Lamborghini dispensed with the headlight ‘eyelashes’, removing one of its most iconic features.
The video is a bit too ‘lifestyle’ for us, but stick with it because there’s some nice footage of the Miura at the end. You can just hear the sound of the 3.9-litre V12 over the Spanish music. Fortunately, there are no tunnels or bulldozers involved.