This is not a cutaway illustration. It’s the Marzal, the most important Lamborghini that never was. The love child of 50 square feet of glass and half a Miura engine, it was the epitome of Lamborghini’s pre-supercar design philosophy. Last month, the only one made was sold for $2.1 million.
Namesake for not only the eponymous 1966 supercar but most Lamborghinis, noted by Hemingway and countless dead matadors, these are the cunning, ferocious Miura bulls of Andalusia.
When Ferruccio Lamborghini commissioned a new V12 for his startup in 1963, few could have guessed that the resulting engine would remain in service until 2010. Now that 1–12–4–9–2–11-6–7–3–10–5–8 is the new 1–7–4–10–2–8–6–12–3–9–5–11, let’s take a look back.
In 1969, barely six years after its founding, a young Hungarian engineering student found himself at the Lamborghini factory. Presented here for the first time are his photographs of Miuras, Espadas and huge V12’s.