The Miura was a trendsetter, the one that made the mid-engined layout de rigueur among two-seater high performance sports cars.
It is named after the Spanish ranch Miura, whose bulls have a proverbial attack instinct.
Inspired by the Ford GT40, the Miura astonished showgoers
at the 1965 Turin Motor Show where only the chassis was shown, with multiple orders being placed despite the lack of an actual body.
Later, Marcello Gandini from Bertone,
who would later go on to design many of Lamborghini's cars, was chosen to design the body. Both body and chassis were launched five months later at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
It was a sensation, with its flamboyant bodywork and unusual engine and clam-shell opening hoods on both the front and rear of the car. There was a small trunk located in the
very rear of the tail behind the engine.