Lamborghini Miura used in Italian Job found in pristine condition
The stunning Lamborghini Miura that featured in the classic 1969 film, The Italian Job, has recently been discovered in pristine condition.
More than 46 years after it was supposedly pushed down a cliff in the French Alps, this bona fide classic has been discovered in a secret Parisian car park. This Lamborghini played a starring role in one of the most memorable opening sequences in movie history. Following a heavy-footed drive though the picturesque scenery, the Miura entered a tunnel and never made it out again, crashing in a dramatic ball of flames before being pushed down a ravine.
To millions of cinema-going viewers, this Lambo was a write-off and never to be seen again. However, this machine has been discovered very much alive and kicking. The 170mph supercar – thought to be worth more than £1 million - was rediscovered after new co-owner Lain Tyrrell, owner of Cheshire Classic Cars, received a tip-off at Christmas, reports the Daily Mail.
He told the newspaper: "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."
Although Mr Tyrrell was invited to see it, he was given just three hours to verify the vehicle as the genuine set of wheels. He said: "It was all very James Bond-ish – I had to go to Paris to inspect the car in a secret underground car park. Tyrrell learned that the thrilling opener of The Italian Job was actually shot using two cars supplied by Lamborghini, but one of them had already suffered a fatal accident.
This meant that the first car filmed racing through the Alps actually made a safe getaway into the sunset. Research has revealed that filmmakers Paramount hired the car from the Italian manufacturer and sold it to a dealer after filming.
Tyrrell continued: "The Italian Job Lamborghini is the holy grail of supercars precisely because no one knew what happened to it after the film. I have a life-long passion for these cars but I just assumed this particular vehicle was out of reach."
As the Miura is still in near-mint condition, Mr Tyrrell was able to cross-reference its original features with stills from the film and checked the car's history at the Lamborghini archive. He added: "After inspecting the car, there is no doubt in my mind that it is the Miura from The Italian Job."
But the mystery continues. The Miura's unlucky sibling – the one that did roll down the cliff – was never found, having vanished without a trace.
"'When the production team went back to salvage the remains of the crashed car the next day, it had gone. The whole car had disappeared and had obviously been stolen," he said.
Author: Sophie Williamson Stothert