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20:00  13 may  2019
20:00  13 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing . Car used in driving footage for the 1969 film's opening credits has been located. It 's one of two used during filming in 1968 - and not the wrecked one pushed off the side of the mountain.

The Lamborghini Miura , thought to have been destroyed in the 1969 film's iconic opening scene , has been found . Iain Tyrrell who owns Cheshire Classic Cars said, " The Italian Job Lamborghini is the holy grail of supercars precisely because no one knew what happened to it after the film."

Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Lamborghini

Remember the iconic opening scene from the 1969 film The Italian Job?

You know the one - with thief Roger Beckermann (actor Rossano Brazzi) driving the Great St Bernard Pass, between Switzerland and Italy, in a stunning Lamborghini Miura before crashing into a digger and being shunted down the side of the mountain by the Mafia.

Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The car was loaned to Paramount Pictures by Lamborghini for three days in order to film the opening scene The car used for those glorious driving shots has been found having gone missing for five decades.

Lamborghini themselves have certified it as the Miura driven in the film, effectively doubling its value.

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Factory original 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis number 3586, finished in Arancio Miura ( Miura Orange) with a fully original Pelle Bianco leather

The Italian Job starts with an incredibly evocative and iconic opening scene . If you haven’t seen it , the camera tilts down to reveal lovely alpine scenery

Lamborghini's Polo Storico heritage department has ratified the Miura P400 - chassis number 3586 0 - as the original car used in the Paramount Pictures film.

Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The footage shows thief Roger Beckermann (actor Rossano Brazzi) driving the Great St Bernard Pass in Switzerland, before he and the car meet a grizzly end Those who have watched the film (shame on you if you haven't) will notice that this car is orange - or 'Arancio Miura', according to the Lamborghini spec sheet - rather than red - the colour of the vehicle seen tumbling down the mountain side.

However, that's because Paramount used two different models for the footage - one brand new version loaned by the Italian supercar-maker for the in-car driving shots and another wrecked one that it gave to the production company to roll off the edge of a cliff.

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This is - fortunately - the one used in the driving shots and, having been missing for five decades, remains in incredible, and original, condition.

Not that it was actually lost.

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Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing

At the end of filming in 1968, the Miura in question was returned to the factory to be prepared for delivery to its first owner, an Italian from Rome.

However, it was then passed through private collections rather than public auctions, driven rarely and never showcased at major events.

Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Miura was identified by former Lamborghini employee Enzo Moruzzi, who not only delivered the car to the set but also drove in all the shots for the film That resulted in Lamborghini itself struggling to identify the owner of the genuine vehicle for almost 50 years.

The Italian factory announced on Monday that this is the one they've been looking for.

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The Lamborghini Miura P400 destroyed in the opening scenes in 1969's The Italian Job was actually two Miuras , one that had been That surviving Miura was basically lost for decades after the movie’s release, but recently an example was found and confirmed by Lamborghini to be the

After being lost for 50 years , the Lamborghini Miura used in ' The Italian Job ' movie was found and restored, the Italian sports car manufacturer says. If you’ve seen the '69 Paramount production, you may recall Rossano Brazzi playing Roger Beckermann in the film. During the opening scene

Currently part of The Kaiser Collection of Vaduz (Liechtenstein), the owner decided to consult Lamborghini Polo Storico, where it was certified as the genuine article by experts.

Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lamborghini's heritage department investigated if this was the original car and verified it as the model used for the driving scenes

One of the individuals who identified the Miura as the one used in The Italian Job is former employee Enzo Moruzzi, who not only delivered the car to the set but also drove it in all the shots for the film.

Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The car was returned to Lamborghini shortly after filming in 1968 and prepared for sale to a customer in Rome. The Italian brand has struggled to track its whereabouts since then

He said: 'There was a Miura P400 almost ready on the production line, in the right color, left-hand drive and with white leather interior.

'It was aesthetically identical to the damaged one and we decided to use it for the film.

'The only thing worrying us was the elegant white leather seats, given that car had to get back to Sant'Agata in perfect condition. So, I asked for them to be taken out, replacing them with a set of black leather seats that we used for testing.'

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Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The car that's been found isn't the wrecked version used in the film. That was the other model

This led to one of the telltale signs of the vehicle's famed background.

'The giveaway was the headrests, which on the Miura are attached to the dividing glass between the driver compartment and the engine compartment, which couldn't be replaced in time,' Moruzzi explained.

'In the film, you can see the original white headrests.'

The Lamborghini Miura was the first vehicle coined as a 'supercar'.

Lamborghini Miura that starred in the opening scenes of The Italian Job is found 50 years after it went missing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Moruzzi said one of the giveaways is that the white headrests can be seen in the film's opening credits. The seats themselves were replaced with black chairs to prevent the white ones from getting damaged Today's values are fairly staggering, with good examples being offered at vintage car auctions for prices in the region of £2million.

Given that this is the genuine car from The Italian Job, expect it to be worth quite a bit more than that if it was to be offered for sale - not that the owner has expressed any intention of making it available.

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