While we found the Lamborghini Miura to be one of the 25 most beautiful cars, we’d have to argue this one-off Miura Roadster, built by Bertone, is even better.
Normally, simply hacking off the top of the already-gorgeous Miura would leave it looking – well, hackneyed.; Not in this case.; Commissioned by Nuccio Bertone himself, the Roadster was designed by Marcello Gandini, who happened to have styled most of the Miura’s original shape.; Gandini’s revisions looked organic and original, and also exposed the top of the transversely-mounted 3.9-liter V-12 out back.
Bertone showed the car at the 1968 Brussels motor show, winning the admiration of both the public and Ferrucio Lamborghini himself.; Production, however, was an impossibility – chopping the top off increased stresses placed upon the chassis.
Instead, it was sold in 1969 to a zinc supplier based in Detroit, who painted the car green and plated it with untold amount of zinc.; The Roadster was shown at autoshows through 1978, when it was then donated to the Boston Museum of Transportation.
The topless Miura was shuffled through a number of owners in the 1990s, but ultimately was purchased by a New York real estate magnate in 2006, and had it fully restored to its original condition in time for the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
As much as we loathe flexing in any convertible, for a car that looks (and sounds) this good, we may be able to make an exception.