Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar SuperDork
8/4/12 9:50 a.m.

Here’s how you win the supercar war: Buy a Miura.
It’s the belligerent instigator. The powder keg. The one that will not be appeased.
The Miura redefined Lamborghini as a maker of an entirely new class of vehicle: the supercar. It caught the whole world sleeping, including Ferruccio Lamborghini himself; three of his company’s engineers conceived the platform after work hours. Simply nothing like it existed at the time, but every subsequent charging bull would follow its formula.
Prior to 1966, the combative competitors Ferrari and Lamborghini had been making front-engined grand tourers. The Miura was revolutionary.
Why? It posted the highest claimed top speed of its day; it took automotive sex appeal to a new level; and its engine was mounted transversely behind the driver, a first for a street car.
The car earned its name from Don Eduardo Miura, famed breeder of many large, fierce fighting bulls. Some of Don Eduardo’s bulls made their way into other Lamborghini products: Two of his toughest beasts were named Murcielago and Reventon.
Own a Miura, and you’re guaranteed the most eyes at a car show. Crowds will gather—rocketing right past that plebeian Veyron, that milquetoast Silver Cloud—to peek at the V12 in its belly. It’ll almost certainly earn some trophy.
Lamborghini improved the breed through the production run, increasing the engine’s compression and horsepower output from 350 to 370 in the Miura S, then to 385 in the SV. It doesn’t matter which one you buy, though; they’re all excruciatingly expensive, incredibly rare, and nearly impossible to maintain.
So, you’ll buy a rough one and rebuild it yourself? Nothing doing. Parts like steering wheels and rear bonnet latches were forged from raw unobtainium. If you ever do find those components—from another Miura owner with spares, for example—your desire will train heavy artillery on your vacation fund and retirement account. Rebuilding a Miura costs more than buying one that’s already done.
For the money, there are many more drivable, better-performing rarities. Consider a Countach instead, or a Ferrari 512 BB. Like Don Eduardo’s bulls, the Miura is a difficult beast to live with.
Since it’s such an ordeal, how do you know if you’re cut out for Miura ownership? The requirements are few, but substantial: You’re willing to put up with a lot of inconvenience and expense for something with mythical status. Sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.

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MR_UGLY
MR_UGLY None
9/27/12 2:12 p.m.

I have an unbuilt model still in the somewhat sad original box. I think I'll store my dreams of owning one there. I first saw one on the Champs-Elysees on a clear evening under the Parisian lights. I couldn't have been the only one staring. After it passed, my wife and I entered a building and proceeded downstairs to Lido's where I saw ( oh, never mind).

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