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Corvette Today Podcast With Morgan Crosbie: A Canadian Perspective

Corvettes are sold all around the world.  But on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you'll get a Corvette perspective based upon "The Great White North.” https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...oLQtcLJbiFfbrq
Morgan Crosbie is a Corvette Specialist at Finch Chevrolet in London, Ontario, Canada.  Morgan talks with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, and tells you what it's like to buy and sell Corvettes in Canada.
You'll also learn about Morgan's hugely successful YouTube channel, Cars and Crosbie along with all his other social media where he posts Corvette content. Get the Canadian view of Corvette on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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The spiritual forebear of the C8 Corvette

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  • The spiritual forebear of the C8 Corvette

    The first serial production mid engine super car:

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    Flamboyant 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Expected to Fetch $1.1 Million at Auction

    Swathed in a can’t-miss-it green, the rare Miura is one of only 338.

    Between 1968 and 1971, Lamborghini made only 338 examples of its now-legendary Miura. Originally equipped with a roaring transverse-mounted 350-hp V12 and five-speed gearbox as a P400 in 1966, the 1968 S version was tuned for 20 more horsepower for an even 370.

    A very fine specimen of a 1968 Miura P400 S with bodywork by famed coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone is prepped and ready for the Gooding & Company auction block starting on June 11. It's expected to bring down the hammer at a million dollars, and I don't doubt this collector's gem will generate that number and then some.

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    In music, the term spinto soprano designates the vocal stylings of one who is magnificently capable of handling wide ranges of notes up and down the scales with ease. Spinto, which means “pushed” in Italian, is one who explores the edges of what is possible.

    In 1968, Lamborghini debuted its update to the Miura P400 with an S to show its commitment to the term, translating tremendous music to operatic speed. It was an improvement on the original P400, which was launched as though it were a sculpture that hadn’t quite finished baking in the kiln. Even the stated history on Lamborghini's site alludes to the frenetic pace: "from October to February, everyone worked around the clock, seven days a week, like madmen... the chassis presented as a completely experimental prototype in the autumn of 1965 had become the most stunning road car in the world – in just four months."

    Still, it was a masterpiece in progress.

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    This particular model for sale with Gooding & Company appears to be exceptional. Miura established the Lamborghini brand as a supercar builder, and the bull raged its way into the market forevermore. Owning this P400 S would be like reliving a moment in automotive history every time you got behind the wheel.

    Hey, new owner, if you're reading this: take me for a spin, will you?
    The first Miura I ever saw, parked on the street in Washington DC, was this color. I was probably 17 or 18 at the time. Wanted a mid engine car ever since. Only took me 50 years!
    Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

    Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

    Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

    Never grow up - It's a trap.

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    More on the Miura:

    https://www.motorbiscuit.com/the-lam...s-a-rare-site/

    It isn’t very often that people find themselves complaining about getting to see a Lamborghini, no matter how common they are in your area. There is just something striking up the design, the sound, and the overall presence that Lamborghini has to offer that makes it stand out, but some of the cars are becoming more common than not. The Lamborghini Miura, however, is a rare sight.

    The Lamborghini Miura set the stage for what we’ve come to expect from many modern-day supercars. In production from 1966 to 1973, the Miura was the first supercar to have a mid-engine layout with only two seats. This supercar was very well received by Lamborghini lovers and race fans who had loved the racecar design and layout of Ferrari before the Miura’s conception. Popular as it was, the Miura was actually designed as a secret project, not just a secret from the eyes of the public but a secret from the owner of Lamborghini himself.

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    This rare supercar was introduced to the public at the 1966 Geneva Motorshow in and took the stage alongside other spectacular car debuts including the Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2. In it’s few years of production, there were only 764 of the car ever made, and after many have fallen victim to accidents or neglect, there are far fewer on the road today. The Miura has become a collector’s car and taking inflation into account, this supercar that could originally be purchased for a modern-day $150,000 is now being sold for as much as $500,000 at auction and private sale.

    There were several versions of the Miura available over the production years. They did share many things, including the engine which was a V12 consistently throughout the years, mounted in the middle of the car behind the driver and passenger seats. The first model, produced in 1966 and referenced as a P400, offered 345hp, while the last and rarest model, the P400SV made up to 380hp.

    The appearance of the Lamborghini Miura is odd enough to be attractive. It has a unique design that was well-received that has aged well through the decades. It’s smooth racecar body lines and long front end gives it both a classic and somehow ageless appearance.

    The front fascia of the car is iconic, with circular headlights surrounded by what most people reference as ‘eyelashes’. That wasn’t the only noticeable feature of the front end either, as the black grille stretches wide across the front to pair with the two black vents that sit very noticeably upon the hood.

    If you haven’t seen a Miura in person, you will uncountable be able to recognize it’s iconic styling and that V12 engine sound Lamborghini has become famous for. With only several hundred of this stunning supercar left in existence, and even fewer regularly driven on the road, you aren’t likely to see them outside of car shows or casual Sunday drives.

    Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

    Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

    Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

    Never grow up - It's a trap.

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    • #3
      I've seen pics of the Miura before but didn't know any of the history on it. That's a beautiful car, I can completely understand why that would be the car to make you want a mid-engine supercar. For me, it was when I was seven or eight, the Ferrari Testarossa was all the rage on bedroom walls everywhere. Well, the Testarossa and Samantha Fox, and I think I gained appreciation for both!

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      Like you, I've dreamed of having a mid-engine supercar ever since and am finally making it a reality, thank you Chevrolet and Corvette team, just under 40 years later!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Davii1775 View Post
        I've seen pics of the Miura before but didn't know any of the history on it. That's a beautiful car, I can completely understand why that would be the car to make you want a mid-engine supercar. For me, it was when I was seven or eight, the Ferrari Testarossa was all the rage on bedroom walls everywhere. Well, the Testarossa and Samantha Fox, and I think I gained appreciation for both!

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        Like you, I've dreamed of having a mid-engine supercar ever since and am finally making it a reality, thank you Chevrolet and Corvette team, just under 40 years later!
        I'd take a Testarossa if someone wanted to give me one, too. One of each would be nice. I suspect it's aged better than Samantha Fox.
        Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

        Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

        Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

        Never grow up - It's a trap.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

          I'd take a Testarossa if someone wanted to give me one, too. One of each would be nice. I suspect it's aged better than Samantha Fox.
          No doubt it has certainly aged better. Additionally, my well-spec'd Z51 I will have in a few months is STILL less money than a Ferrari Testarossa!
          On Order: 2LT Coupe, Z51, Elkhart Lake Blue, GT2 seats, Edge Red Calipers, Mag Ride, Front Lift, High Wing spoiler, R8C museum delivery.

          2000 status 5/1, 3000 on 5/4

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          • #6
            Darn, the Pantera with the Ford “:351” midengine is a close second starting production in 1971. We bought a 1973 Pantera in 1973, and in some ways it was very close to the C8 ,,,,Mild understeer on turn in, V8 torque, Italian styling bodywork
            3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C

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            • #7
              Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

              I'd take a Testarossa if someone wanted to give me one, too. One of each would be nice. I suspect it's aged better than Samantha Fox.

              You decide……..

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              Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Meldoon View Post

                You decide……..
                I wasn't going to go there.
                Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                  Been a long time. Memories can be tricky. But. I shopped a Corvette at Rosenthal's on or near Rt. 50 & Glebe Road. Arlington? 1970-ish. They had 2 Muiras in a show room . 23K$. Which seemed like more than it was. Sat behind the wheel. It looked simple, empty and elegant. Later thought "why" . Novel. no one fully understood what they beheld. About 3 years later I got a red Pantera. A Ford.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                    I wasn't going to go there.
                    "You don't get many of them to a pound." Benny Hill.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SheepDog View Post

                      Been a long time. Memories can be tricky. But. I shopped a Corvette at Rosenthal's on or near Rt. 50 & Glebe Road. Arlington? 1970-ish. They had 2 Muiras in a show room . 23K$. Which seemed like more than it was. Sat behind the wheel. It looked simple, empty and elegant. Later thought "why" . Novel. no one fully understood what they beheld. About 3 years later I got a red Pantera. A Ford.
                      Given that a Corvette was about $5K in 1970, $23K was a lot.
                      Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                      Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                      Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                      Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks meyerweb. As we look back while the Miura was the first production supper car, let us also remember that the 1962 Corvair Monza Spider pre-dated it as a production mid engine GM car: Thanks Vairworks:

                        https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...y-of-the-me-me

                        And while not pre-dating the Miura (except for one of the following eight), and none of which made it into production, GM had some very interesting Corvette mid engine prototypes that each contributed in turn a little or a lot to our C8:

                        https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-to-production

                        GM’s pride in the CERV 1, the CERV 11 and the CERV III mid engine Corvette prototypes was such that they were very prominently displayed in the front center as all entered the 7.18.19 Tustin hanger C8 reveal event.

                        CERV”S I, II & 3: Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicles:

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                          Given that a Corvette was about $5K in 1970, $23K was a lot.
                          Yep. But I was thinking too that 8 years later in '78 a 911SC was about 20/22K and I got one. Would rather now prefer to say I had the Muira than the [great] 911

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