TURIN, Italy -- Forty-three years after the Lamborghini Miura debuted at the March 1966 Geneva auto show, the debate on its true design genesis remains a controversial topic.
The indisputable facts are that design house Carrozzeria Bertone styled the car and that then-Bertone Design Director Marcello Gandini, now 70, penned the lines of what many enthusiasts consider to be the most beautiful sports car ever made.
What is unclear is how much Giorgetto Giugiaros work on a mid-engine sports car for Bizzarrini influenced the final look of the Miura.
Giugiaro worked on the sports car while he was design director at Carrozzeria Bertone.
The drawing for Bizzarrini in many ways resembles the Miura, which was designed by Gandini shortly after he succeeded Giugiaro as design director at Carrozzeria Bertone.
Another unanswered question is: How much input did Bertone boss Nuccio Bertone really have in the Miura project?
To answer these questions and clarify his role in the Miuras creation, Marcello Gandini requested an interview with Automotive News Europe after the newspaper published an article last September linking Giugiaro to the project.
Gandini says he is the one and only father of the Miuras design and plays down the alleged role that anyone else had in the car.
ANE Senior Writer Luca Ciferri interviewed Gandini at his design studio in Almese, 29km west of Turin, on February 5.