Today The Car Spotter will be discussing the recently discovered Lamborghini Miura supercar from The Italian Job film that was found after 46 years and is now owned by two British businessmen and is estimated to be worth more than £1m.
The Lamborghini Miura was made famous from the opening scene of the Italian Job, The orange Lamborghini cruises through the Alps in the 1969 film before venturing into a tunnel and exploding into a ball of flames. The wrecked Lamborghini is pulled out of the tunnel by the mafia operated bulldozer and rammed off the cliff into a ravine.
The classic car which many believed was used in the original filming and written off has now resurfaced in immaculate condition. You can watch the original Italian Job opening scene below.
The Lamborghini Miura was tracked down by two British businessmen after receiving a tip-off at Christmas. Iain Tyrell one of the joint owners was given a three hour window to identify the vehicle in a secret underground car park in Paris.
Mr Tyrrell stated,“I was initially sceptical because no one had seen it for 46 years. But my source was a credible one so I started to pursue it.”
“It was all very James Bond-ish, I had to go to Paris to inspect the car in a secret underground car park.”
He had been informed that The Italian Job’s opening sequence was filmed using two cars, one of which was destroyed whilst the other remained intact.
Other claims state the vehicle that was pushed down the cliff was just a body shell without an engine as Lamborghini knew the value and importance of the Miura and would not sacrifice a vehicle at the time.
Mr Tyrrell, the owner of Cheshire Classic Cars, said: “The Italian Job Lamborghini is the holy grail of supercars precisely because no one knew what happened to it after the film.
“After inspecting the car, there is no doubt in my mind that it is the Miura from The Italian Job.”
Mr Tyrrell and his friend and co-owner, Keith Ashworth, plan to display the orange Lamborghini Miura around the world.
Top Gear magazine voted the Lamborghini the “coolest car in the world” in 2004.
Personally I think it is wonderful when classic, legendary vehicles such as The Italian Job Lamborghini Miura are rediscovered after so many years. I wonder where the vehicle has been kept until now? It is always nice to hear the vehicle will be displayed around the world and not kept in storage for many more years to come. I am sure the co-owners will be delighted with their new discovery.
What are your thoughts on The Italian Job Lamborghini Miura? Would you like to own The Italian Job Lamborghini Miura?
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