Flip lamps or flush lamps? The eternal supercar question plays out with this 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, which includes the Jota-specification flush lamps.
The overall appearance is far more modern than the original Miura’s oval and black-shrouded flip-up headlights, and likely much sleeker through the air with them on as well.
The Miura S models banished much of the front-end lift at high speeds for which the original Miura was criticized, but, we wonder: are those flip-up headlights also a factor? They would act like a wall of air in the nose, causing inevitable weighting onto the back of the mid-engine car.
Regardless, with Jota flush lamps and the S suspension overhauls, this 1969 Miura S in period orange is quite a delicious treat – even at this price.
The Japanese-style forward wing mirrors are extra icing on the cake.
RM Monaco 2014 Highlights – 1969 Lamborghini Miura S Jota
385 bhp, 3,929 cc mid-engined transversely mounted DOHC V-12 with four Weber carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm
To many, the Lamborghini Miura is unquestionably the world’s first supercar. Upon its introduction, the Miura pushed the boundaries of what was thought to be possible in designing an automobile. Not only did it push the envelope of performance, but it also pushed the envelope of automobile aesthetics, and it remains one of the most celebrated and instantly recognisable automotive shapes to this day. The Miura’s sensuous form captivated the crowd at its unveiling at the 1966 Geneva Salon, and that same design would remain largely unchanged until the last Miura left the production line of Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata factory. The world had never seen all those aspects combined into such an incredible package, and because of it, Lamborghini became a household name almost overnight. Everyone wanted one, but only captains of industry, heads of state, and rock stars could afford to put one in their garage.