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Fifty years of the Lamborghini Miura

May 10, 2016 | By | In Advice

In its half-centenary year, the iconic Lamborghini Miura is to be celebrated at the Silverstone Classic.

The Miura – which is often described as the original supercar – was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show and paved the way for many a supercar to come, from the Ferrari 365 Berlinetta Boxer to the McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron.

Boasting a competition-inspired, mid-mounted 3,929cc V12 engine that produced 350bhp, the 1,305kg P400 Miura could speed to 60mph from a standstill in just 6.7 seconds.

A number of editions of the two-seater were built during its eight-year production run. However, it was scrapped in 1974 when manufacturing began on the Countach.

Now, the Miura is revered for offering a raw and powerful driving experience, despite its uncomfortable seating position and awkward gearbox.

In celebration of the special car, a number of events will take place during the festival, which will take place from July 29 – 31.

A gathering of Miuras will feature at the Festival, and will take centre stage at the event when they venture out on track for a not-to-be-missed parade lap.

This year also marks another milestone for the Italian carmaker – it’s 100 years since the brand’s founder Ferrucio Lamborghini was born.

A nod will be given to this at the festival, alongside a number of other commemorations.

The Silverstone Classic is the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, attracting more than 1100 vehicle entries and thousands of visitors every year.

Jack Evans

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After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

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