Original Lamborghini Miura Turin Salon Chassis found

Lamborghini Muira Concept Chassis
Lamborghini Muira Concept Chassis

First-ever mid-engined supercar

Only one 1965 Turin Salon Lamborghini Miura chassis was ever made, and it was designed for the Turin Motor Show in 1965. A transverse mid-mounted V12-powered machine (Lambo's first), has not been seen publicly in over thirty years.

The story of the chassis, recently purchased by a group of collectors in Los Angeles, is a worldly tale. After touring the Italian company's Bolognese factory headquarters in 1977, Marios Kritikos, a Lamborghini dealer from Cyprus, spotted the chassis and knew he had to have it. Designed by Gian Paulo Dallara, the chassis was loaded on a trailer hitched to Kritikos' Range Rover a year later, and was driven out of town.

The first ever mid-engined supercar concept sat in Kritikos' collection, untouched since its debut in Turin. Once discovered by a collector in California, the sale of the machine was negotiated by two Miura specialists, and the vehicle went state-side. Found with the car were items like its original bill of sale, and a collection of photographs from both Lamborghini and Kritikos. Now it is being restored in San Diego at the Bobileff Motorcar Company, where it will be brought back to its original Turin-show condition.

The chassis will make a US debut next summer.

Published Dec 26th, 2008 6:33pm By Zack Newmark

43 years after its Turin Show debut the one-and-only 1965 Turin Salon Lamborghini Miura chassis, designed by chassis genius Gian Paolo Dallara, and the raging bull company's first-ever transverse mid-mounted V12 engine (0293) has been acquired by Los Angeles based collectors.

The iconic show chassis had been stored for the past 30 years in Cyprus by that country's original Lamborghini concessionaire, Marios Kritikos. While visiting the Lamborghini factory in 1977, Mr. Kritikos took a fancy to the historic show unit. After successfully negotiating a future home for it, he arrived at the factory with his Range Rover and trailer, loaded it and drove away. That was in April of 1978. The original invoice for the chassis survives, together with unpublished period photographs of the chassis being built in 1965, on display at the December, 1965 Turin Salon, and at the Lamborghini factory in July, 1966.  Mr. Kritikos documented his collection of the car on April 7th, 1978.

The 1965 Turin Salon Miura represents the very first mid-engined supercar theme for all marques, and is rightly considered to be the Holy Grail from which all road going supercars descend. Its re-emergence represents the most important Lamborghini discovery to date.

Thirty years later, in December of 2008 representing both parties and facilitating the transaction were Miura specialists Joe Sackey (Joe Sackey Classics: www.joesackey.com) and Gary Bobileff (Bobileff Motorcar Company: www.bobileff.com). Only one month after its discovery it has been imported to the US and now resides in the restoration facility of world-renowned Gary Bobileff, where it will undergo a complete refurbishment to bring it to its former show glory.

The last time the general public saw this automotive icon was 43 years ago on display at the Turin Salon. It will make its USA debut in the summer of 2009. Details to be announced.a

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shaahinmt shaahinmt
the best news Ive heard in this Xmas.
Dec 28th, 2008 2:39am
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RussianMafia RussianMafia
Oh! I have seen that Kritikos guy many times! I live in Cyprus too ^^ This Lambo totally rocks! Just like every other Lambo ever created!
Dec 27th, 2008 2:36am
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radmeister radmeister
IMO the Miura is still to date the most beautiful car ever made followed by the R8 of course.
Dec 27th, 2008 2:29am
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Nurchus Nurchus
Wow, ruthlessly beautiful car... What happened Lamborghini? You went from beautiful designs to, well, recycling of the same design over and over again with different names; Gallardo, Murcielago, Reventon... what's next? Moussilini?
Dec 27th, 2008 12:47am
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