'Italian Job' Miura for sale


IT'S ONE of the most iconic scenes in film history. An orange Lamborghini Miura winds its way up the Petit St Bernard Pass on a glorious day in the Alps, Matt Monro's On Days Like These acting as accompaniment to the sound of that V12.

For many years the Miura from The Italian Job was thought to be lost but, as reported back in issue 374 of Unique Cars, it resurfaced, thanks to some painstaking detective work by two Brits, Iain Tyrell and Keith Ashworth. This LP400 is now for sale, one of just three 1968 cars finished in Arancio Miura, teaming that paint job with some rowdy Pelle Bianco seats. A five owner car with 11,800 miles on the odometer, it has a replacement engine fitted, but the original block is also supplied, complete with hairline crack.

This '68 model year car is one of the Series II models with the thicker chassis rails that improve body rigidity and, even without such a storied history, are keenly sought after by collectors.

In case you were wondering, the car that was shovelled over the edge of a cliff by the Mafia men in the movie wasn't a fully functional Miura. That would have been a crime even the Cosa Nostra would have baulked at.

There's no word on pricing, but going by current Miura values, we'd be very surprised if this car was sold for less than $4m.