The Bottom Line
- Beautiful pictures throughout
- Lives up to its name, with tons of history and detail
- A good primer for the potential Miura owner -- especially one facing restoration
- Single-minded focus leaves out most other Lambos
- Wealth of detailed information can be overwhelming to the general exotic car fan
- A true "bible" of the Lamborghini Miura
- 400+ images, mostly in color
- Large-format, hardcover book for the Miura aficionado
Guide Review - Book Review: The Lamborghini Miura Bible
The Lamborghini Miura was one of the hottest cars in the Swinging Sixties, and the supercar that put Ferruccio Lamborghini's new car company on the map. Joe Sackey, a longtime Lamborghini expert and serial Miura owner, relates the history of the car, a heaping helping of stats and facts, and personal recollections of his own search for the perfect Miura.
The first half of the book is great for Lamborghini enthusiasts. It has preliminary sketches of the Miura and a history of the original Lamborghini team of engineers that created the iconic car. The second half of the book caters to owners, or those considering adding a Miura to the stables. Specifications, paint colors, factory-installed options, and more are presented in detailed tables. The restoration process is laid bare, showing the time, care, and cost required to restore a Miura to factory condition four decades after it left Sant'Agata.
The chapter I found most fascinating is one of the least sexy: "Chassis Numbers: Smoke and mirrors." Sackey reproduces the hand-written notebooks filled with production numbers, colors, and client names in neat columns. Here is where you see that the fourth Miura went to the man who owns the famed Miura bulls in Spain for which the car is named. Or that number 475, finished on December 12, 1969, in orange metallic, went to some guy named Sinatra.
Even if you never read a word, though, the photography is to die for. There are more than 400 images, most of them in color. Some are in-period, including never-before-published pictures of the first Miura in Monte Carlo. Many are contemporary shots of cars spread across two or more pages. It's like Miura porn: closeups of headers and louvers, wide shots of those low-slung curves. The beauty of the design comes through in each image. Sackey also includes reproductions of period brochures and ads.
- The Lamborghini Miura Bible
- Veloce Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-84584-106-6
- Available through Motorbooks International in the U.S.