Lamborghini has announced that the one and only topless Miura is making a rare public appearance at this year’s edition of the Techno Classica show in Essen, Germany. The show opens its doors today.
The Miura Roadster concept was introduced in January of 1968 at the Brussels Motor Show, back when it was a fairly important event on the auto show circuit. Designed by Nuccio Bertone and Marcello Gandini, the Roadster stood out from the Miura coupe thanks to bigger air vents on the side, a modified roll bar and a redesigned rear fascia.
Bertone did not make any mechanical modifications to the Roadster, meaning that it was powered by a transversally-mounted 4.0-liter V12 engine that sent 350 horsepower to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The concept was fully functional.
The Miura Roadster generated an overwhelmingly positive from both the press and show-goers in Brussels but it was not given the green light for production for reasons that remain a little murky today. The concept was subsequently sold off to a company in New York called International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO) that used it for promotional purposes. Re-christened Zn 75, it was re-painted on a regular basis and fitted with a long list of Zinc-based add-ons in order to promote the company’s products.
ILZRO ended up selling the Miura Roadster, and Lamborghini’s own records indicate that it changed hands a number of times over the course of the 1970s. It was eventually purchased by an enthusiast who restored it back to the condition it was in when it was unveiled at the 1968 Brussels show.