Few cars draw as much unanimous praise as the Lamborghini Miura. It is, quite simply one of, if not the most beautiful production car ever produced. And it largely made Lamborghini what we all know it to be today.
Ferruccio Lamborghini didn’t start with cars. In fact, he didn’t even create Lamborghini Automobili until 1962. He started with a tractor company immediately following World War II, and it had made him a very wealthy man. He founded other businesses, which only amplified his wealth. By the time he was in his 60s, he wanted a luxurious high performance sports car, and he didn’t much care for Ferraris. So he decided to build his own. By this time, Ferrari was a national treasure. Building a car company that largely stepped into Ferrari’s wheelhouse seemed a little crazy. But that’s exactly why he did. In 1962, he built a modern factory just outside of Bologna. After some success with the 350 GT and 400 GT, two of Lamborghini’s Chief Engineers, Giampaolo Dallara and Giampaolo Stanzani, had a vision for the company that was against Ferruccio Lamborghini’s GT- based product line-up. They wanted to build a car based on all the latest technology and thinking from race cars of the time.
They developed a secret project unbeknownst to Lamborghini, codenamed 400 TP, meaning 4.0 liter V12, transversely mounted behind the cockpit. The engineers feared that Lamborghini would protest the effort, because it was too similar to the work of Ferrari.