Ferruccio Lamborghini’s bold challenge to Ferrari began 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. The Miura project first surfaced as a rolling chassis displayed at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, but was not expected to become a production reality. Nevertheless, by the time of the Geneva Salon the following year, the first completed car was ready for unveiling to a stunned press and public.
Designed by Giampaolo Dallara, the Miura carried its transversely mounted engine amidships in a box-section platform chassis, the latter clothed in stunning Berlinetta coachwork styled by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. Like the contemporary 400GT, the Miura used the 4-litre version of Lamborghini’s Giotto Bizzarrini-designed four-cam V12. With 350bhp available, the Miura was capable of shattering performance, a top speed of 180mph being claimed.
Built towards the end of 1967, this Miura was supplied new to Texan billionaire Hugh Halff Jnr. via the London Lamborghini dealership. In 1987 Mr Halff donated the car to the San Antonio Museum where he was a patron. In 1994 the car passed to its second owner, Mr Alex Guttmann of Berlin, who imported the car into Germany. Chassis 3366 then passed to Mr Adalbert Schmitt of Munich before being purchased by the current vendor in 1999. It is therefore no wonder that this matching numbers example is showing just 26,000 miles on the odometer which is believed genuine. Described as a truly unmolested example in excellent condition throughout; 3366 is presented in the original colour scheme of orange with the period correct contrasting black vinyl interior. Supported by a recent condition and valuation report from January this year, this exceptional Miura is offered at a very sensible price and would be the jewel of any serious collection.