A handful of Austin Mini Coopers are the poster children for the 1969 caper The Italian Job, but the legendary film also used an impressive roster of other cars from the period. Notably, an Arancio Orange 1968 Lamborghini Miura charged up the Italian Alps as the film’s opening credits rolled. While collectors have known the whereabouts of this particular Miura since 2015, Lamborghini’s Polo Storico in-house restoration arm more recently returned it to pristine condition.
Of course, if you’ve seen the film, you know the Miura (and its fictional driver) met its demise at the hands of the mafia just as the scroll ends. The orange Lamborghini explodes in a dark tunnel, the viewer only seeing a bright fireball before a bulldozer emerges from the tunnel with a crushed and smoking Miura in tow.
Predictably, the budget wasn’t nearly high enough to justify destroying a then-new Lamborghini, so the production team sourced a wrecked Miura from the Middle East and then pressed into service a brand-new “hero” Miura close to the crashed car’s color for the driving shots. That hero Miura is chassis #3586, driven on-screen by actor Rossano Brazzi and stunt driver Enzo Moruzzi through the Great St. Bernard Pass.
It didn’t come to light that there were actually two Miuras used for filming, the story goes, until a few years after the film’s release, but the non-wrecked example’s movie history never surfaced as it passed between a number of owners. It wasn’t until 2015 that noted collector and classic-car purveyor Iain Tyrrell revealed he had the keys to the surviving car, itself found in Paris the year prior.
Now owned by collector and investor Fritz Kaiser, #3586 is restored and looking tip-top thanks to Polo Storico. Though it remains one of the most valuable and rarified Miuras—and by extension, Lamborghinis—don’t expect this car to stay hidden in a vault. We imagine it will be seen sweeping up awards and ribbons at concours around the world quite soon.