1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 SSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 3,929 CC DOHC 60° Alloy V-12 Engine Four Weber IDL3 Carburetors 370 HP at 7,700 RPM 5-Speed Manual Transaxle 4-Wheel Ventilated Girling Disc Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Springs About this Car: The Lamborghini Miura presented here, chassis 4548, is one of the highly prized “S” models, the first significant evolution from the original P400. Intended to address some of the shortcomings discovered in the earliest Miuras, the P400 S – standing for “spinto,” or “tuned” in English – was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in November 1968. Visually distinguished by its rear badging and chrome window surrounds, the truly important developments of the P400 S were found beneath the Miura’s exotic skin. Most notably, the 12-cylinder engine was carefully tuned with larger intake manifolds and revised camshaft profiles to produce 370 hp, 20 more than the original P400. The increase in power greatly improved acceleration through the gears and gave the P400 S a top speed in excess of 165 mph. Here was a road car that, in 1968, was capable of speeds reserved only for the most serious sports racing and grand prix machines. The Miura P400 S was not only much faster than its predecessor, it was also much more civilized. Subtle chassis revisions and new Pirelli Cinturato tires contributed to high-speed stability and enhanced handling. Inside the cockpit, Lamborghini offered electric windows, a locking passenger glove box, overhead console with rocker switches, optional leather upholstery, and, late in production, the possibility of air-conditioning. In total, Lamborghini built approximately 140 examples of the P400 S before introducing the ultimate evolution of the Miura, the SV. This P400 S, carrying production number 521, was constructed on May 8, 1970, and delivered to its first owner through Italian dealer Autoelite. Finished in the striking period color of Oro Metallizzato, this cutting-edge supercar must have caused quite a stir on local roads. The P400 S remained in Italy for approximately 10 years before being exported to the US. Recently discovered in Idaho, 4548 is surely one of the few P400 S models remaining in largely original, unrestored condition. Recently prepared for its auction debut, this Miura P400 S appears to be an ideal candidate for a sympathetic restoration. Very complete and essentially untouched in recent years, 4548 retains its original, matching-numbers engine (30517), and the complex, hand-built chassis appears sound with notable factory-fitted components intact. For example, the suspension features the proper coil springs – green in the front, blue in the rear – and the brake discs are the highly prized vented type found on late-production S and SV models. On a recent outing, the Miura was said to perform well, although a thorough mechanical inspection is encouraged before future use. Similarly, the Bertone coachwork is in good condition throughout with many rare original features, from the Carello headlamps and driving lights to the proper Fiamm, C.E.A.M., and Lucas ancillary components. The cast aluminum Campagnolo alloy wheels wear period-correct tires and under the hood the spare is mounted with a Pirelli Cinturato. Even the window glass features the correct VIS and Securit markings. The body number (621) is present on both driver and passenger doors; however, the rear clamshell section is stamped 323, indicating that this panel has been replaced. A highlight of this Lamborghini is its beautifully preserved original interior. Trimmed in dark blue with matching fabric seat inserts, the cockpit has survived the past four decades remarkably well and serves as a marvelous contrast to the splendid exterior color. At the time of cataloging, the odometer displayed approximately 41,770 km, a figure consistent with the overall condition, and a Shell oil service sticker was present in the driver’s doorjamb, indicating a filter change in 1978 at 28,790 km. Although Lamborghini factory records state that this car was originally delivered with black upholstery, the cockpit appears to be completely original, suggesting an error in recording. The desirable specification and compelling appearance of this P400 S present its new owner with a remarkable wealth of opportunity. The combination of a stunning original color scheme, matching-numbers engine, and rare late-production “S” features make this Miura P400 S the perfect candidate for a concours-level restoration. For those who would prefer to engage the unique dynamic qualities of Lamborghini’s most celebrated supercar, a careful mechanical refurbishment would transform this P400 S into an exciting and charismatic event car, perfect for tours, such as the Copperstate 1000 and the Going to the Sun Rally. The importance of the Miura to Lamborghini’s history cannot be overstated. Its spectacular design and exceptional performance helped provide the Italian marque with the credibility and sporting heritage needed to compete against more established firms. An undisputed icon of the 1960s, the Miura remains relevant to this day, as its groundbreaking engineering and radical coachwork set the standard for every high-performance sports car that followed. Fast approaching its 50th anniversary, the Miura is sure to maintain its revered status among collectors, as it embodies all of the qualities that make Italian sports cars so desirable – power, speed, beauty, exclusivity, and machismo. A fascinating example of this revolutionary automobile, this unrestored P400 S is an important find and a rare opportunity to acquire the most highly evolved variant of the original narrow-hipped Miura.

Reference Number 206502

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S
VIN 4548 
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