The mid-mounted engine
Until the arrival of Lamborghini’s Miura, car design had settled into a very particular look. The Miura shattered the perceptions of what a car should look like by shifting the engine out of its normal position and placing it just ahead of the rear axle. This new mid-mounted position completely changed sports car design and performance forever.
Why is it special?
By switching the position of the engine, the Muira transformed the shape of sports cars at the time, as it looked nothing like anything else on the road. Not only that, but due to the fact that the heaviest part of the car was the back seat, the new weight distribution altered its driving dynamics, making for a grippier drive, without sacrificing speed. This created the world’s first supercar.
Can you get it today?
As the world’s first supercar, the Miura was really valued in its time, so there are a couple of them still knocking around. That said, the Lamborghini name should already tell you that getting one is a rich man’s game. A recent example went on auction with
bids starting at $2.5 million (R35 million).
Given its unique look, pedigree, performance and price tag, the Miura attracted a host of celebrity owners. It was popular with the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.Jazz legend Miles Davis also had one, as did rocker Rod Stewart. Current Miura owners include singers Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, and Elton John. Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage also owns one he bought at an auction. The car previously belonged to the Shah of Iran.