COVID-19 is undoubtedly a terrible thing. It’s killed hundreds of thousands, infected millions more and affected nearly every part of our daily lives—from stockpiling toilet paper to not being able to go outside. One of the only good things to come from COVID-19 is interesting and new, never-seen-before perspectives, like these stunning images of a 1970 Lamborghini Miura S in downtown San Francisco on iconic California Street.
But before we get to the images, the story of this Lamborghini Miura—the Miura with two lives—is nearly as remarkable. This car was originally produced in 1968, originally painted deep green with a mustard interior. After being severely damaged in an accident, the car was returned to the factory where it was nearly completely rebuilt, so much so that the car was given a new serial number. It was delivered (again) in 1970 painted yellow and at some later date, the car was updated to partial SV spec with the fitment an SV front clip, cylinder head and suspension, creating a short of Franken-Miura with the eyelash-less headlights and running lights of an SV but the taillights of an S.
The current owner bought the car in 1973 in Italy near Lake Como and imported it to Chicago where he kept and drove the car regularly during the 70s, even in the snow! During this period, the car had no less than three of the Miura’s infamous carburettor fires. The last of these fires resulted in a full restoration which would not be completed for some 40 years! At one point, the car was even seized by the mafia as part of an erroneous dispute settlement with the shop where it was being worked on.
It’s remarkable then that this car exists and even more remarkable that these photos could be taken in what is normally an extremely busy and trafficked street in San Francisco. This is some of the most remarkable car photography that we’ve ever seen because cars of this value and significance are almost never driven on the street, let alone in the bustling city, and to see the city so empty could only happen during a once-in-a-lifetime event like COVID-19. We hope you enjoy these incredible Lamborghini Miura canvas car posters because images like this only come once in a lifetime. Legendary Car Canvases — behind every image is a story.