Lamborghini Miura - The Italian Job (1969)

Published: 20 October 2008

Ranking: 26       

Year of release: 1969

The car: Lamborghini Miura

Why it’s special: Great scenery, brilliant driving roads, amazing car, Matt Munro soundtrack – what could possibly go wrong?

Best bit: The Miura’s utterly unexpected fiery demise at the end of a long tunnel. If this film hadn’t already got your attention 100 percent, it has now.

Pub fact: The production budget couldn’t stretch to destroying a new Miura. Instead the team bought a new bodyshell and fitted it to an accident-damaged chassis with no engine. It was tipped over the edge of a cliff in the film, but no trace of it could be found when the crew went to recover the wreckage the following day.

Plot overview: A gang of cockney villains, led by small-time thief Charlie Croker (Caine), undertake a daring gold bullion robbery in the heart of Turin dressed as England footie supporters and driving a trio of Union Jack colour-coded Minis.

For: Humour, music, cars, cinematography, cast, action

Against: The re-make

CAR verdict: Ultimate cliff-hanger

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By Ben Barry

Contributing editor, sideways merchant, tyre disintegrator