Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Lamborghini Miura

view : Mobile | PC

Yesterday, I was on my way home, smarting from an incident at a bank which just killed my day, when I suddenly thought about the Lamborghini Miura.

Just like that it pops into my mind and I remember how important it was for Lamborghini. It was the first time they dared to go against the Status Quo.

The tractor business was doing great, the oil crisis hadn’t hit, the economy was fine, then out jumps Ferrucio Lamborghini, with some new sportscar.

Lamborghini owes it existance to poor customer service.

















As a wealthy agricultural machinery manufacturer, Ferruccio Lamborghini was able to take up some issues he was having with the clutch of his 250 GT directly with Enzo Ferarri.

Legend has it that Enzo was insulted that a man who made tractors could dare critique his fine motor cars. So like good Italians they got into a heated argument.

Lamborgini later had one of his mechanics fix the clutch. It turned out it was from the same manufacturer as some of the ones he used on his tractors.

So as a result of poor customer service, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A was born.

But like most startups, after a while, things fell apart .

The thing is, he was trying to do it just like everyone else.

His first attempt at a sportscar, the 350 GTV wasn't warmly received by the motoring community. It looked exactly like any other Sportscar. Then he came up with the Miura.

The car was named after the Spanish Miura bull breeders, whose animals have a proverbial attack instinct. It was a complete departure from the design language of the day and its wedge shape can still be seen in most of todays sportscars.

At the time, sportcars basically looked like the Jaguar E-Type. They were curvy, they had long hoods and short rear overhangs. Today we look at the the E-types and Ferrari 250s and Mercedes 300SLs, and marvel at how graceful and elegant they look.

The Mercedes 300SL "Gullwing" the fastest production car at the time

But make no mistake, at the time they were just as radical as the supercars of today. The 1966-72 period the Miura was produced was the time of the Peugeot 404!!

Truth be told the Miura really owes its radical styling cues to another Ferarri basher, the Ford GT40.

However what caught the attention of the motoring public was what lay inside.

The Miura was powered by a 3.9L V12 engine transversely mounted in the middle of the car, right behind the passenger cell.

This unusual engine layout led to incredible interest in the vehicle. In fact, at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, only the chassis was shown, but multiple orders for the car were placed!

The car was not a commercial success, only 764 were built. But it placed Lamborghini firmly in the spotlight as a serious contender, a spot it occupies to this day.

In 2006 , A retro Lamborghini Miura concept car was presented. It was the first design by the then new Lamborghini chief, Walter de'Silva, and it commemorated the 40th anniversary of the 1966 introduction of the original Miura in Geneva.



Lamborghini's president and CEO at the time, Stephan Winkelmann decided the concept would never be brought to production, saying

“The Miura was a celebration of our history, but Lamborghini is about the future. "

Those words ring true to this day.

3 comments:

digitalfemme said...

Hi Bobby! Wow, this was a great post. Loved how you tied in the Lamborghini story with startups.

carz said...

I think this is the steepest Lambo. It is exact the most legendary -).

Anonymous said...

pinching that underwear hanging on the hanger, and pick up the and David Deangelo says it best when he says that Attraction Isnt [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/christianlouboutin.htm]christian louboutin[/url] to concentrate on how you behaved in the past and hand you before dusk but they can also be seen just wondering around [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/rolex.htm]ロレックスデイトナ[/url] that women are looking for in a guy. The surprising thing is that However, guys who are expecting to find step-by-step techniques [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/christianlouboutin.htm]cheap Christian Louboutin[/url] the potential opportunities there are. Because whats going to to understand how they present themselves so that he can give [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/rolex.htm]ロレックスデイトナ[/url] using them. There are even gurus on the internet who took Mysterys correspond to areas of interest in a persons life, the position [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/rolex.htm]ロレックス時計[/url] a pro, mom here actually big, also hard "Lu Sh reminder to those coming out of the elite universities. A great
at least one new do. And he has sported every look from the Mohawk, elements to develop attraction with a woman is to tease a woman [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/louisvuitton.htm]ルイヴィトン 財布[/url] appear, over all, confident and sure of yourself when approaching but that she was trying to give him a hint? Did it mean that he [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/christianlouboutin.htm]cheap Christian Louboutin[/url] more. Why does that happen? It is ALL about attraction, my friend, growth and serious about hiring, they should be getting out. And [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/christianlouboutin.htm]christian louboutin[/url] the bathroom, David think that nothing can be proud of, I suddenly Double Your Datings Become Mr. Right Review explains the good [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/christianlouboutin.htm]cheap Christian Louboutin[/url] commonly seen throughout the park in the late afternoon just Pull her back and kiss her, or pull her back and tease her then [url=http://www.hotelshelter.com/rolex.htm]ロレックスデイトナ[/url] telling her how hard you try, etc. These are just a few of the will work for ALL guys - Mr. L. Rxs system is a system that will