Lamborghini Miura marks 50th anniversary with The Italian Job road trip

The iconic Lamborghini Miura is 50 years old this year, and the car has received a fitting tribute in the form of a special outing, taken from the film The Italian Job.

Two vintage Miuras from the Lamborghini Museum in Italy were driven along the Great St Bernard Pass in the heart of the Italian Alps.

The road is the oldest route through the Alps mountain range, dating from the Bronze Age and containing surviving traces of an ancient Roman route. It links the Aosta valley in Italy with the canton of Valais Switzerland.

But for car lovers, the Great St Bernard Pass is famous for being featured in the opening sequence of the 1969 cult film The Italian Job, directed by Peter Collinson. And now two classic Miuras have followed the route taken in the film, revelling in the sharp hairpin curves in the mountainside.

The Great St Bernard Pass was opened on a one-time basis for this special event and the Miuras were escorted by the Italian Highway Patrol (Polizia Stradale) and vehicles from Anas, the government-owned company that builds and maintains roads in Italy.

The 50th anniversary event also saw the ‘fathers’ of the Miura reunite to mark the occasion. Engineers Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani, who were in charge of the technical side of the car, met up with Marcello Gandini, who envisioned the Miura’s exterior design.

The Italian Job road trip continues the Miura’s 50th anniversary celebrations, which include a special Polostorico event at Techno Clasica last month.

The Lamborghini Miura is an iconic two-seater sports car that was produced between 1966 and 1973. It was the fastest road car in the world at the time of its release.

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