Italian Job Lamborghini Miura Found & Certified at Last
Orange Miura P400 from the famous 1969 film was the one used in the opening scene, serving as a double for the destroyed copy.
Next month (June 5th, to be exact) will be the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest car films of all time, The Italian Job. We’ve reported on a very special outing happening in Europe to celebrate the film earlier this year, and there are likely more celebrations planned in the future.
One in particular is for Lamborghini itself: in the opening scene, an orange Miura P400 is seen driving in the Italian Alps when, moments later, the car is blown up by the Mafia, kicking off the plot of the whole film. The Miura driven into the tunnel was recently found and certified by Lamborghini Polo Storico.
Chassis No. 3586 currently resides in the Kaiser Collection of Vaduz in the capital city of Liechtenstein, Vaduz. The collection, owned by Fritz Kaiser, sent its Miura off to Polo Storico to confirm whether the car was indeed the one seen driven to its fate in The Italian Job.
“There was a Miura P400 almost ready on the production line, in the right color, left-hand drive and with white leather interior,” said Enzo Moruzzi, the one who delivered the car to Paramount Studios for the scene. “It was aesthetically identical to the damaged one and we decided to use it for the film. The only thing worrying us was the elegant white leather seats, given that car had to get back to Sant’Agata in perfect condition. So, I asked for them to be taken out, replacing them with a set of black leather seats that we used for testing.”
After filming, the Miura was returned to Lamborghini, where it was fixed up for its first customer, who lived in Rome. Five decades later, the car landed in Vaduz before sent off to Polo Storico for a thorough investigation into its history. Once all evidence and testimony were gathered, Polo Storico was able to certify No. 3586 as the Miura P400 from The Italian Job.
Though gold is usually the gift one gives for a 50th anniversary, this orange Miura P400 is just as wonderful a gift for fans of cinema and high performance alike.