The sexiest cars of the ’60s

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4. 1966 Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura from the opening scene of The Italian Job

For the introduction of one of the most beloved car movies of all time, The Italian Job, the director needed something special.  Something that would stand out against the sweeping score, meandering roads and idyllic backdrop of the Alps.

What better choice that the car that send the trend for all two-seater sports cars that clung on to its coattails – the Lamborghini Miura.

Lamborghini Miura

By pure coincidence, the original Lamborghini Miura from The Italian Job has just been found in pristine condition and is currently .

The Miura is a powerful breed of Spanish fighting bulls, born to struggle in gladiatorial arenas. Even without the bucking bull of Lambo’s logo, on first site you can tell this car means serious business.

   

The car came in a variety bright, neon colours – a colour scheme shared by poisonous rainforest frogs to warn competitors of the deadly power that lies within. The Miura is thin and angular like a supermodel, with dark liner around it’s vacant headlamps and thick, black grills on the hood like sculpted eyebrows.

But this car is as delicate and feminine on the inside as the bull that shares its name. Under the bonnet is pure undiluted power and serious grunt, with its huge V12 mounted across the rear.

At the time of release, it was the fastest production car available, with a top speed of 171mph that was unheard of in the 60s. The engine produced over 430bhp in a car that weighed little over a metric ton, giving the car a 0 to 60mph of 6.7 seconds.

The Miura’s design was incredibly influential, and the car is widely credited for starting the trend of mid-engined, two-seater sports cars made purely for high performance.

It seems strange now, but Lamborghini was initially resistant to building a car made purely for speed, and only put the car into production after a team of dedicated engineers designed the car in their spare time. This makes the Miura a project of pure passion, passion that is obvious in all levels of this car’s engineering.

The car was only released by for marketing value – Lamborghini wanted to own the fastest road-going car available, but never thought it would sell more than 50 models. To prove its worth, an enthusiastic Lamborghini employee took a Miura to Casino Square in Monte Carlo and simply revved the engine.  He took 17 orders on the spot.

At the end of its two-year production run, 764 were made.  The Miura left skid marks from Hollywood to Saint-Tropez, with every high-flying car enthusiast looking to get their hands on one.

When Frank Sinatra is driving your car, you know it has serious sex appeal.

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Ben Flowers is an established car writer and enthusiast. When he isn't surrounded by some of the world's sexiest cars at Dutton Garage, he's at home restoring new life into neglected classic cars.

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