Ferruccio Lamborghini knew his young car companys second model would be a hit, but he badly underestimated just how popular the car would be.
Prior to the Lamborghini Miuras debut at the 1966 Geneva auto show, Ferruccio bet Italian coachbuilding legend Nuccio Bertone that his young car company would sell 50 Miuras.
Nuccio Bertone was a big fan of the project. His company won the chance to design the Miura after Nuccio fell in love with the cars compact chassis and told Ferruccio: I will pen the perfect shoe to fit such a wonderful foot.
Despite his admiration of the project, Nuccio Bertone expected no more than 20 units to be made.
Both men were wrong.
Lamborghini built 764 Miuras.
Spearheading the creation of one of the most beautiful sports cars ever made is one of the reasons why Ferruccio Lamborghini has earned a spot in the European Automotive Hall of Fame.
Next month he will join three other Class of 2009 inductees in the Hall: prolific independent car designer Giovanni Michelotti; DAF founder and transmission innovator Hub van Doorne, and the father of the Baby Benz, former Mercedes CEO Werner Breitschwerdt.