LAMBORGHINI HISTORICAL POLE DISCOVERS AND CERTIFIES THE MIURA P400 USED FOR THE 1969 FILM “THE ITALIAN JOB”

Fifty years after the release of the film “The Italian Job,” the #Lamborghini Polo Storico certifies the #miurap400, chassis #3586, as the original car from the Paramount Pictures film (1969). The orange #miurap400, technically “Arancio Miura” with a black/white leather interior, was the most pursued Miura in recent decades: it appears at the beginning of the film driven by actor Rossano Brazzi on the Gran San Bernardo road. In the film, the car is destroyed following a fatal accident at the tunnel exit. In reality, the production company Paramount Pictures identified an identical Miura that had already been crashed to film the collision scene. A few years after the film’s release, once it was determined that the car used for filming was not the one destroyed in the movie accident, the hunt was on to find the example used for the initial scene. Enthusiasts and collectors around the world have searched and accumulated numerous, sometimes conflicting, clues for the next five decades. The current owner of this historic example, The Kaiser Collection of Vaduz (FL), decided to take advice from the #Lamborghini Polo Storico to try to give, once and for all, a chassis number to the Miura driven by Brazzi. For this purpose he shipped his car to Sant’Agata Bolognese. The reconstruction of the Historical Pole started with the documentation in the company’s archives and analysis of the car. The findings were later supplemented with testimony from enthusiasts and former employees, including Enzo Moruzzi, who brought the car to the set and drove it in all the filming as a stand-in. The Historical Pole thus managed to find the missing evidence and certify that the #miurap400, chassis #3586, is exactly the one used for the filming of the movie “The Italian Job.” The recognition comes in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of the film, which premiered in June 1969. The film production company Paramount Pictures turned to Automobili #Lamborghini for a car to use for filming. Once in Sant’Agata Bolognese, he chose an orange Miura, as it was already heavily damaged and therefore perfect for the accident scene. At the same time #Lamborghini provided a car of the same color for filming. Bringing it to the set was Enzo Moruzzi, who, at the time, was often responsible for delivering cars to important clients or accompanying them to film sets. Moruzzi himself recalls, “There was a #miurap400 on the production line. almost ready, the right color, left-hand drive, and with a white leather interior. It was cosmetically identical to the crashed one, and we decided to use it for the film. The only concern was about the delicate white leather seats, since the car had to return to St. Agatha in perfect condition. So I gave the order to disassemble them, replacing them with a set of black leather seats, which we used for testing. Unraveling the trick were the small headrests, which on the Miura are attached to the glass dividing the passenger compartment from the engine compartment, and which could not be replaced in time. As seen in the film, the original white ones remained.” Once the filming was over and back at the headquarters, the Miura from the film was prepared for delivery to its first owner, an Italian from Rome. After nearly 50 years, passed through the hands of several enthusiasts, both Italian and foreign, the P400 was purchased in 2018 by the current collector from Lichtenstein, Fritz Kaiser, who is also founder of “The Classic Car Trust.” Lamborghini Polo Storico, opened in 2015, is the department of Automobili #Lamborghini that is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the House of Sant’Agata Bolognese. The #restoration and certification of all #Lamborghini cars produced up to 2001 are just some of the tasks of the Polo Storico. In fact, in addition to these is the reconstruction of spare parts for vintage #Lamborghinis, including more than 200 new codes introduced in 2018 alone, and the preservation and management of the archive, activities with which the #Lamborghini Polo Storico wants to support the preservation of all classic #Lamborghini

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