Miles Davis' Lamborghini Miura

Miles Davis was a cool dude, no doubting that. Take jazz music’s main man and pair him with the supercar maker of the 1970’s, Lamborghini and you’ve got a hell of a combo. Miles Davis loved Italian sports cars and especially the beautiful Lamborghini Miura which he famously crashed in 1972 breaking both his ankles. Davis would belt along the highways, often it was said outdoing the police cars. Just how well a black man driving a Lamborghini would have gone down in that era one wonders but Davis gave some insight into race relations in an interview with Playboy magazine in 1962..Between 1966 and 1972, Lamborghini built what has come to be known as the "Holy Grail" of its many famous sportscars: the legendary Miura. 

Named after a Spanish ranch famed for its ferocious bulls, the Miura's (pronounced me-you-rra) flamboyance and engineering astounded the public when it was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1965. It quickly became the supercar of choice for the coolest of the cool and richest of the rich - members of royal families and two of the world's most famous and stylish musicians owned one, for starters.

Miles Davis is said to have driven his Miura around with a .357 Magnum stashed under the seat and enjoyed outrunning police cars while terrified passengers like Jimi Hendrix held on for dear life. He crashed the car in 1972, breaking both ankles in the process, and immediately ordered another.