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Unique of the Week: 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400

A Lamborghini Miura, the first mid-engined V12 supercar, is now up for sale on eBay Motors.

For many sports car lovers, there's only one car that combined everything into a package that was so perfect, few supercars have been able to equal or exceed it. Since its introduction in prototype form at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Miura is often defined as the definitive supercar. Remember, this is the original mid-engined V12 supercar that led to other Lamborghini greats such as the Countach and Diablo.

Ironically, the Miura wasn't even on the original production agenda for Ferruccio Lamborghini. In fact, its development was the pet project for the Italian automaker's top three engineers at the time. With Lamborghini himself preferring to focus efforts on grand touring cars, the engineers were forced to work on the prototype during their off-hours. But their goal was simple: to create a road car with racing genes. Although capable of competing on the track, it was to be meant to be driven on public roads by enthusiasts. With its transversely-mounted mid-engine layout, the prototype debuted to fantastic reviews from both the press and the public.

The first Miuras, also known as the P400, were powered by a 3.9-liter Lamborghini V12 that came from the automaker's own 400GT. It was so advanced for its time that Ferrari didn't launch its first 12-mid-engine road car until seven years later. All told, it produced 350hp, making it the fastest production road car at the time of its launch. Only 474 P400s were built between 1966 and 1969 and were priced at $20,000 (roughly $114,000 today). 1968 saw the introduction of the P400S, which added features like power windows, bright chrome trim around the windows and headlights, and some interior changes. Power was also upgraded by 20hp.

The final Miura was the P400SV, which many consider to be the most famous. Once again, the engine received a power boost for a total of 380hp. It's most distinctive exterior change was the disappearance of the "eyelashes" around the headlamps. And now one of these classic supercars is for same on eBay. This 1968 Miura has just 13,107 miles and this particular one was meticulously evaluated by the Lamborghini factory's Registro team, which was led by the Valentino Balboni. It has been fully maintained even though it hasn't been restored, with the exception of some minor exterior paint touch-ups).

Even today, nearly 45 years after it first premiered, the Lamborghini Miura is remains one of the most desirable classic supercars on the market. This one has a 'Buy it Now' price of $675,000 with a starting bid of $400,000. We say it's worth every penny. Photos courtesy of lamborghini.miura

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