Lamborghini has tracked down the Miura used in the opening scene of The Italian Job, exactly five decades on from the legendary film's release.
Although it was destroyed on screen, the Miura P400 you see here survived filming unscathed. Paramount did show a wrecked Miura, but it wasn't this one. Instead, Lamborghini already had a wrecked orange Miura sitting around the factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese.
After all, the P400 was the pinnacle of the Lamborghini range and very, very expensive. The car was used in the opening because it almost perfectly matched the wreck, not the other way around.
"There was a Miura P400 almost ready on the production line, in the right colour, left-hand drive and with white leather interior," explained Enzo Moruzzi, the man responsible for delivering the star car to Paramount in 1969.
"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. 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," he went on.
Once filming was done, the car was delivered to its first owner in Rome. It's passed through a number of homes since then, before Fritz Kaiser, a Liechtenstein collector, bought it in 2018 and set Lamborghini Polo Storico the challenge of confirming its provenance.
The car was sent to a special corner of Lamborghini's factory, where the Polo Storico team – dedicated to restoring and certifying cars built before 2001 – dug through the company archives and spoke to people on the ground at the time to confirm Miura P400 chassis #3586 was indeed the car used in the film.