Lamborghini will showcase two rarely-seen convertibles at the Techno Classica show that will open its doors tomorrow in Essen, Germany.
The first ragtop is the one-off Miura Roadster that was introduced as a close-to-production concept in January of 1968 at the annual Brussels Motor Show. Designed by none other than Nuccio Bertone and Marcello Gandini, the Roadster boasted bigger side air intakes, a lower roll bar and a redesigned rear fascia. It was fitted with a stock Miura-sourced 4.0-liter V12 engine that made 350 horsepower, a figure that was positively jaw-dropping in the late 1960s.
Although it was well received by show-goers and journalists alike, the Miura Roadster remained a one-off design study that never saw the light that awaits at the end of a production line. It was purchasd by a New York-based company called International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO) about a year after its big debut and briefly used as a promotional car. It changed hands several times over the course of the 1970s before being finally sold to an enthusiast who restored it to its original condition. Today, the only factory-built topless Miura resides in a private collection.
The Miura will be joined on stage by one of the nine Veneno Roadsters sold in 2014. Finished in a model-specific shade of red called Rosso Efesto, the Roadster rockets from zero to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds thanks to a potent 6.5-liter V12 engine rated at 750 horsepower.
In addition to the two convertibles, the Lamborghini stand at Techno Classica will highlight the automaker’s Original Spare Parts division. As its name implies, the operation specializes in selling spare parts for virtually every Lamborghini built over the past five decades. If a component is no longer available, Lamborghini can manufacture it from scratch using the original blueprints.
If you want to see the topless Miura and the Veneno Roadster for yourself, or if you simply need six new double-barrel carburetors for your LM002, head over to the Lamborghini stand in Pavilion 7 at the Techno Classica show.