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Lamborghini Has Found And Restored The Miura From ‘The Italian Job’

In a fantastic story with which to start the week, Lamborghini secretly discovered the whereabouts of a famous movie Miura and restored it to perfection

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One of the greatest things about long-established supercar makers is the love they show their own back-catalogues. Here’s a fresh example courtesy of Lamborghini and an iconic Miura P400 from the opening scene of an equally iconic 1960s film.

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After appearing in 1969’s The Italian Job, then being sold off and making its way around several owners, the stunning Arancio (orange) Miura was discovered in a collection in Lichtenstein. It was verified by Lamborghini’s researchers on the ground as the car from the film, and a deal was struck.

The wonderful opening credits of The Italian Job

Since then Lamborghini’s Polo Storico department, which specialises in restoring Lamborghinis built before 2001 – so up to and including the Diablo – has spared no expense returning it to perfection just in time for the 50th anniversary of The Italian Job’s release. As car people, we find that pretty heart-warming.

The car was seen in some wonderful shots through the opening sequence of The Italian Job, where actor Rossano Brazzi and stunt driver Enzo Moruzzi pilot the Arancio Miura-painted P400 along the stunning Great St Bernard Pass.

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During the scene the elegant V12 supercar disappears into a tunnel where, just around a corner, it hits a deliberately parked earth mover and explodes. Clearly a mafia hit, the suited killers then dump the wrecked Miura off the side of the road, down a cliff and into a river.

That car wasn’t the one that was driven, though. Interestingly, the beautiful Arancio car was only chosen because Paramount, the movie production company, wanted a wrecked one as well and Lamborghini just happened to have an Arancio one with white seats that had already been crashed.

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Conveniently there was a virtually identical left-hooker almost at the end of the production line, so Paramount took both, drove the new one and disposed of the crashed one. We’re extremely glad this one has re-emerged; these things were never meant to be hidden away.