Miura travels back to the roots of its moniker

Lamborghini concludes the 50th anniversary celebrations of its legendary mid-engined supercar by driving it all the way to the Miura farm in Spain
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December 29, 2016
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The expansive estate of Don Eduardo Miura in Lora del Rio, Andalusia, around 600km from Madrid, has played a significant role in the history of Lamborghini, especially in its nomenclature and badging. It was a visit to the Miura ranch in 1962 that prompted Ferruccio Lamborghini to use a fighting bull as the mascot of his then fledgling company.

But that was just the beginning of the association with the Spanish bull breeding farm. When Ferruccio’s team came up with their first mid-engined supercar, he chose to name it after Don Eduardo’s famed bull breed, the Miura. Ferruccio even drove one all the way from Italy to present it to the legendary bull breeder. Many later cars from the Italian carmaker including the Diablo, Murciélago, Islero and Reventón also took their names from famous Miura bulls from different eras.

So, it’s only fitting that Automobili Lamborghini decided to round off its year-long celebration of the Miura’s 50th anniversary with a trip back to the roots of its name. A Miura SV from the museum at Sant’Agata Bolognese, accompanied by six brightly-coloured Lamborghini Huracáns and Aventadors travelled to the Miura farm, which incidentally is the oldest “ganadería” in Spain, founded 175 years ago.

In 1966, when it was launched, the Miura SV was the fastest production car in the world, but Lamborghini made just 150 units in a production span of a year and a half, after which it was replaced by the Countach. The anniversary celebrations included participation in the top international Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island, Villa d’Este and Goodwood, and an Italian tour held in June of which wheels was also part of.