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Is the 1968 Lamborghini Miura Roadster the World's Most Beautiful Car?

In 1968, Lamborghini's coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Bertone, experimented with an open-top version of the groundbreaking Miura supercar.

April 10, 2023

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Since its debut at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Miura has been considered by my enthusiasts, myself included, as the most beautiful car ever.

It also established the prototype of supercars to follow, with a mid-mounted V12 driving the rear wheels.

Between 1966 and 1973, coachbuilder Carrozzeria Bertone assembled 764 of the sleek, low-slung coupes, whose roof rises just 41.5 inches from the ground. This, for a production car, compares closely to the 40-inch roof height that lent the Ford GT40 Le Mans race car its name.

Filmmakers were entranced by the Miura, casting it in 43 movies, often in a starring role. The car’s star turn came in “The Italian Job” in 1969, which opened with a three-minutes sequence of Rossano Brazzi driving a P400 Miura as Matt Monro sings “On Days Like These” while the V12 engine accompanies him in the background.

For all its notability, the Miura was never produced in a sexy open top version. However, Lamborghini did build a single roadster prototype. Found Ferruccio Lamborghini was not a fan of roadsters, so the one-off protype was the only one ever built.

We thought it would be fun to take a close look at this one-of-a-kind machine with a photo gallery to help you decide whether you agree that it is the world’s most beautiful car.

 

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