1969 Lamborghini Miura SSOLD
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Lamborghini Miura S

Reference Number 127367

as of 5/23/2011

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Car 1969 Lamborghini Miura S
VIN 4097 
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Known History

The launch of the Lamborghini Miura at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966 created an absolute storm. Ferrucio Lamborghini had wanted to create a stir and he did this beyond his wildest expectations! A revolutionary road car, the Miura was a slap in the face to Ferrari, his direct competitor. In a break from tradition for a road-going car, it featured a mid-engine on the chassis-platform designed by Giampalo Dallara. Moreover, it was transversely slung and the gearbox was integrated with the engine sump, making it extremely compact. This innovative layout allowed Marcello Gandini from Bertone to design the car with a low sweeping line, racy, new and unlike anything seen before. Strictly a two-seater car, it featured adjustable circular headlamps with « lashes » that mirrored the air intakes on the bonnet. At the back, the rear window gave way to horizontal louvers and a discreet spoiler gave it a competiton feel. The V-shaped 12 cylinder engine came from the 400GT with a touch more power at 350bhp, which allowed this « supercar » to reach 270km/h. This really was an exceptional machine and it took Ferrari several years to react, only bringing out the mid-engined Berlinetta Boxer in 1973. Two years later, in 1968, the new Miura P 400S appeared. The larger intake ports and faster cams increased power to 370bhp, although the benefit from these changes was really felt in the handling. The interior was finished to a very high level, confirming the star of Sant? Agata Bolognese as a true Gran Turismo. « Of all the cars I have test-driven, the Miura has impressed me the most », commented José Rosinski. Coming from someone which such a wealth of experience, this was high praise indeed !

 

The Miura S offered here was delivered new in France in July 1969, finished in yellow with black leather interior. The current owner bought it in 1995 from the well-known collector M. Jean Becquet, through British Motors, Paris. With matching engine and chassis numbers, this car recently underwent a no expense spared restoration in the Netherlands. The chassis was checked over meticulously and the car was found to be in excellent condition and very original. It was fitted with new brakes and clutch, and the petrol tank and carburettors have been overhauled. The engine was tested on a rolling road, and a special extinguisher fitted. The original black leather has been well conserved and looks new. With new steel rims and the original set of rims included, this Miura S looks stunning in its original yellow coachwork, recently repainted and polished. The odometer reads 62,881km, the distance travelled since it left the factory in 1969 and the car hasn?t been used since its restoration. It is a magnificent example of this fast and agile car that represents an important landmark in the history of Grand Touring motor cars.