If you saw the classic 1969 movie “The Italian Job” then you will be familiar with this 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400. Seen in this awesome scene were Roger Beckermann played by Rossano Brazzi drives this Lamborghini Miura P400 along the Gran San Fernando pass in Italy.
The 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 is one of the most significant designs and being labeled by some as the first ever “True Supercar”. A crazy design during its time, it was powered by a powerful quad-cam V12 which was mounted at the back of the driver. Even though the Miura P400 was a successful design, it was actually built without the approval of Ferruccio Lamborghini. The stunning body was designed by Marcello Gandini from Gruppo Bertone.
Engine Transverse V12
Displacement 3929 cc / 239.8 in³
Bore 82.0 mm / 3.23 in
Stroke 62.0 mm / 2.44 in
Power 261.0 kW / 350.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Specific output 89.08 bhp per litre
Bhp/weight bhp per tonne
Torque 406.7 nm / 300.0 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
This Miura P400 is without a doubt the most famous one but most probably though that this iconic car was lost in time.
The one that got bulldozed in the movie (as seen in the picture above) was a different Lamborghini Miura P400 that was no longer roadworthy due to a fatal accident. Strangely, the wrecked P400 was lost. During the time of filming the scene, the crew left the wreck overnight and the following morning it can no longer be found.
This P400 with a chassis number 3586 was built with a Arancio Miura finish that had its interior made with Pelle Bianco leather. It is currently being sold at the Cheshire Classic Cars in United Kingdom. Iain Tyrrell who found the Miura P400 in Paris. Although Mr. Tyrrell was skeptical at first but several background checking and comparing it to the film it was indeed the Lamborghini Miura P400 from The Italian Job.
With most of the car being original, well maintained, and a very interesting history the expected price is more than $1.5 million.
This Miura P400 has been passed down to several owners who were completely unaware that it was the one from movie. The previous owner before Mr. Tyrrell was a luxury yacht manufacturer who was coincidentally the one who bought the Miura P400 after the film.
The Miura P400 has 11,806 miles on the odometer. It was repainted with the same color as the original and the 4 liter V12 engine block was replaced in 2011.
It is currently being displayed at the Cheshire Classic Cars and has plans to be toured around the world for showcase.