Lamborghini Polo Storico Tracks Down And Certifies The Original ‘The Italian Job’ Miura
Miura in ‘The Italian Job’ Found After Decades in Obscurity and Restored By Lamborghini
Here it is, the same Miura from the 1969 movie’s opening scene
50 years on from the release of the italian job, the hit 1969 film starring michael caine, lamborghini has announced that it has identified the original car that appears at the start of the movie. the orange miura P400 (technically ‘arancio miura’) with white/black leather interior has been the most pursued miura in recent decades. although the vehicle is destroyed in the film’s plot, it was established a few years after its release that the car used in filming was not the one destroyed in the on-screen accident — starting a hunt to find the opening-scene miura.
over the following five decades, enthusiasts and collectors from around the world searched and amassed numerous and sometimes conflicting clues. the current owner of this historic model, the kaiser collection of vaduz (liechtenstein), decided to consult lamborghini polo storico — the italian brand’s classic division — in an attempt to give, once and for all, a chassis number to the miura driven in the movie’s opening credits.
the car was sent to lamborghini’s specialist historic department, where polo storico’s reconstruction started from documentation in the company archives and from examining the car. the results were then supplemented with testimonies from enthusiasts and former employees, such as enzo moruzzi, who delivered the car to the set and drove it in all the shots as a stunt double. by doing this, polo storico was able to find the missing evidence and certify that the miura P400, chassis #3586, was exactly the one used to shoot the italian job.
the film production company, paramount pictures, approached automobili lamborghini for a car to use for the filming. once they got to sant’agata bolognese they decided on an orange-colored miura, which was already heavily damaged and therefore perfect for the accident scene. at the same time, lamborghini provided a second car of the same color for the shoot.
‘there was a miura P400 almost ready on the production line, in the right color, left-hand drive and with white leather interior,’ says enzo moruzzi.‘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,’moruzzi continues. ‘the giveaway was the headrests, which on the miura are attached to the dividing glass between the driver compartment and the engine compartment, which couldn’t be replaced in time. in the film, you can see the original white headrests.’
at the end of filming, and once it had returned to the factory, the miura from the film was prepared for delivery to its first owner, an italian from rome. after almost 50 years, and having passed through the hands of different enthusiasts, both italian and international, the P400 was bought in 2018 by the current liechtenstein collector, fritz kaiser, who is also the founder of the classic car trust.