Did the Lamborghini Miura seem more attainable in 1968 than it did in later years? Road and Track’s subtitle seems to suggest so, but I’m afraid it’s going to be in debt to myself that goes unpaid, if only for the fact that it has “restricted headroom for anyone taller than 5’8″”. Guess I’ll just have to scratch driving the Miura off my bucket list, and use my imagination, as I’ve been doing since 1967. I’m pretty good at that.
Once again, we have here a R&T review of a car that was new at the time and would go on to become another of the all-time automotive legends. Their (shorter) reviewers apparently had that beautiful experience, although its ultimate performance was not all that overwhelming, tying the Camaro Z-28—which cost less than one fourth the price—in the quarter mile, although it was capable of leaving it in the dust on an open Nevada highway, with a top speed of 163 mph (142 for the Z-28). Now that sounds like a beautiful experience, even if it wasn’t the 180 mph that had been suggested as its ultimate escape velocity.
I’d like to spend more time waxing eloquently about the Miura, but I’m a bit pressed for time to get ready for our annual EXBRO trip. I do suggest reading this review, as it gives a thorough look at what Lamborghini’s engineersand stylist Marcello Gandini wrought, a package that rocked the world in 1966-1967.
The 4 liter V12’s sound winding out to 7900 rpm is described as “ecstasy”. But shifting its five gears through the gated shifter was for from that; rather more like tortuous. The complex linkage back to the five-speed transmission behind the transverse-mounted engine needed some further refinement.
But that was a small price to pay for the sheer thrill of hustling it through a winding road “if you’ve got the nerve. It’s the closest thing to a Sports Prototype you could ask for”.
“Ventilation and heating are simple, almost primitive..the blower has only one speed”. Priorities…
R&T summed it up: “We can’t imagine any good use for it in the crowded eastern half of the US either, but if we lived in the West and had $20,000 to spend on a car, we’d not be without a Miura. Vroooooooooom!”