The Miura made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in 1966, and left the public speechless. The body was designed by Bertone under the direction of Marcello Gandini. Lamborghini engineers were able to squeeze an in-house V-12 laterally across the frame, thus creating a true mid-engine sports car capable of over 175 mph.
This Lamborghini Miura Roadster, also known as ‘ZN-75’, is a very unique vehicle with a history to match. The Miura P400 Roadster was shown to the public at the 1968 Brussels Auto Show. The design and construction was handled by the Bertone company and featured a removable roof. A few years prior, the coachbuilding firm, Touring, had created the 350 GTS, and though the Miura P400 slightly similar, it was also a redesigned vehicle with many differences. The rear louvers that concealed the engine were no longer used. The exhaust pipes now existed through the lower grill and the rear end was given different tail lights. Changes were made to the roofline and to the interior. Since the roof was to be removable, the car had to remain steady at speeds of 300 km/h. For the interior, the switches that had been on the overhead console were relocated to the dashboard. The Roadster, also known as a Spider or Spyder, was never a production vehicle. A top had never even been built for the prototype. The original prototype was later sold to ILZRO (International Lead and Zinc Research Corporation). The purpose of their purchase was to reconstruct the car using their own metals and technology to help promote their business and the capabilities of their talents.