$1.5 Million Lamborghini Miura from ‘The Italian Job’ Discovered
...and it's actually drivable!
What would you say is the coolest car of all time? According to Top Gear Magazine‘s weigh-in on the subject, it’s easily the Lamborghini Miura, and we have to agree.
The love affair with Lamborghini‘s flagship model–regarded as the first two-seater supercar–began in 1969 with its appearance in The Italian Job. No, we’re not talking about the 2003 remake staring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. We’re talking about the original 1969 The Italian Job starring Michael Caine and three iconic Mini Coopers.
In the film’s opening sequence, which you can watch below, the supercar crashes into a bulldozer and is thrown from a cliff by the mafia after being driven through the Alps.
For more than 45 years, fans were told the Miura P400 was ruined and gone, but it has recently been discovered in pristine condition.
Iain Tyrell began his pursuit of the legendary Lamborghini Miura–named after a type of fighting bull–when he heard rumors about the car being sold. He traveled to a secret underground car park with only three hours to inspect the vehicle, which you can see for yourself in the Mail on Sunday‘s official pictures.
After much scrutiny, research, and cross-referencing, he was certain this was the famed Miura from The Italian Job and bought it.
Apparently, Paramount used two cars in the movie sequence, wrecking one of them and selling the other to a local dealer after the film. After changing hands multiple times and staying consistently under-the-radar, the Miura has returned to the public eye.
The twist ending? Iain Tyrell is the son of the dealer who originally purchased the Miura from Paramount. Tyrell and Keith Ashworth now share ownership of the vehicle, which is set to be displayed around the world. It’s reportedly worth £1 million, or around $1,490,000.
Another twist? According to Iain, “When the production team went back to salvage the remains of the crashed car the next day it had gone. The whole car had disappeared.”
News Source: Daily Mail