The Miura. The first one in a long line of mid-engined Italian cars. Arguably the prettiest one of them all too. And maybe the greatest car from the greatest era of road racing. The 60s. It was all about that body, by Bertone’s greatest design child.
The designers spent hours and hours to get the blueprint right. A beautiful collection of curves, isn’t it? And there was no 15 million page rule book with 4 subdivisions and 16 indices to follow. You just doodled your heart out. And I quite like that. This meant we were treated to some breath-taking metal.
Look at it. Gandini designed it. Marcello Gandini. All alone. In just 3 months. What I find so damn cool about it is when the doors open they looked like the horns of a bull.
Oh, ah, there. I see. Woah! See what I mean.
And, you gotta remember. This car had to be spot on. This is what took the fight to Ferrari. It was also the world’s first mid-engined car. The car in itself was reeking of flaws. The nose had an issue of lifting at high speeds. The gearbox was a three million calorie burning workout. Safety was unheard of in this era.
But. I don’t see this that way. This was, by all means, the world’s first Supercar. And it had the perfect ingredients to be named so. A 4 liter V 12, which produced a healthy 350 horses at around the 7000 rpm mark and a torque value of 355 Newtons. This car gave the bar bragging rights in its time.
I can almost hear Da Vinci crying with joy and shouting, “bravissimo!”
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