JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Lamborghini Miura. The Miura was introduced as a rolling chassis at the 1965 Turin Auto Salon. The mid-engine Lamborghini was a huge hit and remarkably, even without coachwork, orders were placed during the show.
That vindicated the three men who conspired to create the Miura. Lamborghini engineers Bob Wallace, Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani worked secretly after hours to create the Miura. They had a tough sell to bring their clandestine mid-engine supercar project to life simply because the Miura concept was at odds with founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s original philosophy, but it worked.
Named for an especially ferocious strain of Spanish fighting bull, the Miura made its debut at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. The advanced P400 (its model number: posteriori four-liter with its V12 engine mounted transversely) stole the show. When it was parked in front of the Casino in Monte Carlo during Grand Prix weekend, alarm bells sounded from Stuttgart to Coventry and especially in Maranello and Modena.
“The Miura rewrote the rules,” said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “The commendatore had a talent for making enemies. He angered Henry Ford and Ferruccio Lamborghini; Ford took Le Mans from him permanently in 1966 and by the end of that year, the Miura had become the ultimate road and fantasy car.”
The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 11-13th on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The show’s Foundation has donated over $2.75 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996. In 2013 the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance won Octane Magazine’s EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award.
About the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “Amelia” draws over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. The21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 11-13, 2016. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.