Lamborghini Miura


Ever since Mike posted the article about the Maserati garage contest the other day, I’ve been spending a bit of time googling old sports cars. The Ferrari 512 BBi that was parked in the garage got me going and after googling around for some images of a 1950 Abarth 205 Vignale Berlinetta, I came across an amazing photo of the 205 on a site called The Chicane which had a post featuring an episode of Top Gear about the Lamborghini Miura.

My level of car knowledge is pretty low compared to some people I know, but I love cars and really appreciate the design and engineering aspect that goes into them. What sparked this post was the design history of the Miura that was covered in the Top Gear episode. Apparently the Miura, which was designed in 1966 is credited to be the beginning of the modern super car and Marcello Gandini, who designed the body, was only 22! The engineers who worked on the car were also in their 20’s… I love hearing stories about people who at such young ages create defining pieces of design and it gets me thinking what would happen if more young people were given creative freedom on high profile projects. It also gets me thinking about how many young people have designed very innovative projects and we just don’t know about their age…

Check out the full segment of Top Gear after the jump – READ MORE

CLK Black Series

Those of you Defgrip readers who are automobile enthusiasts are probably already well-acquainted with the Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series. About a year ago I saw one of these on the 405, knowing that it was some race or DTM version of the very familiar CLK, but at the time it took some research to figure out exactly what it was. At first I thought maybe I just loved it because it’s right up my alley as a semi-practical, front-engined everyday Benz with unreal performance and exclusivity, but in the last year this car has risen to worldwide acclaim.

A few months ago Harrison and I were riding bikes around my neighborhood and were blown away when we came across a white one parked on the curb. No back seats, 505 horsepower, neck-breaking torque, subdued styling, daily driveability, ultra-minimalist interior, 7-speed auto, bad ass.

I’ll spare you all the car-nerd research and just let you check out UK automobile connoisseur, Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson and his in-depth review of the car.

What you don’t see in this video is that it’s really just the very end of a much longer video where Jeremy reviews a long list of heavy-hitting cars, most of them far more expensive and exotic than the Black Series, finding something negative to say about each and every vehicle, except for “The Black” which wins the battle hands down. Clarkson loved the car and ended up buying one himself.

Thanks to the current economy The Black, which cost $130k when it came out, can be had for around $70k now.