The ‘Italian Job’ 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 has finally been found after 50 years. Hollywood couldn’t have written a script this better.
A long-lost 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 featured in the classic heist flick of that year, “The Italian Job,” has been found and restored just in time for the classic film’s 50th anniversary this June.
The bright orange classic can be seen being driven by Rossano Brazzi through the Great St Bernard pass that connects Switzerland and Italy as the opening credits start, up until he drives into a dark tunnel and crashes into a bulldozer, which pushes the car off of a cliff.
But it wasn’t the same vehicle. According to Lamborghini, the filmmakers bought an already wrecked Miura to destroy and borrowed a new one for Brazzi to drive. The only flaw being they had to swap the white seats for black ones so they wouldn’t get stained. After production was done, that car was returned to Lamborghini and sold with the original seats and its connection to the film forgotten for a long time.
The car sold several times since then as some classic car historians were trying to find a Miura to the one in the movie to no avail. Then last year, it was bought by a car collector in Liechtenstein, Fritz Kaiser, who had a hunch it might be the one and decided to go to the source for help to find out.
He shipped it to the team at Lamborghini’s historic center, who researched the chassis number 3586, and interviewed employees who were around at the time the film was being made, including Enzo Moruzzi, the man who performed the stunt driving duties. As far they know, everything checked out. So it was restored, certified it and officially closed the book on the search.
It’s not known how much Kaiser paid for the car or the restoration, but Miuras like it are currently worth $1 million or more.Auto News, Blog