The Lambroghini Miura may be the only car ever sold before the body was built. When it was unveiled in 1965 at the Turin Salon, it was its astonishing mechanical setup that stunned those in the audience. Legend has it that the overwhelming reaction from the attendees compelled Lamborghini to look to the famed Marcello Gandini to create the perfect curves for the vehicle. The amazing curves of the Miura should have been a dead giveaway that there was true magic underneath the sheetmetal; breaking from convention, Lamborghini had decided to use a midship-mounted, transversely aligned V12 that was based on well established racecars like the Ford GT40 and Ferrari P-types of the same era. With this, Lamborghini created the first production supercar, a term coined by heralded English journalist L.J.K. Setright after his thousand mile jaunt in the now legendary coupe. The S version of the Miura also debuted at Turin, albeit a few years later as a 1969 model. From a performance standpoint, it had a ported intake manifold and reground camshafts, which brought horsepower up from 345 to 365. Other subtle nuances like chrome trim on the windows and headlights, as well as power windows and air conditioning, help to distinguish it from the standard Miura model. All told, less than 350 were produced, are they still command a hefty price tag. If you’re on the east coast, look to The Stable or Champion Motor Group, but be prepared for the hefty pricetag: one professionally restored model recently sold for $375,000.
See more images of the Lamborghini Miura S after the jump.