1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 

1967 Lamborghiniá Miura P400

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British title
Series no: 3036
Engine no: 1151
Production number: 30

- Only 31.000 km probably from new
- Incredibly original interior
- Matching engine and colours
- Impressive restauration

Reference Number 618232

as of 7/6/2020

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Lot 640

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Car 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
VIN 3036 
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Known History

Ferruccio Lamborghini claimed he wasn't interested in racing and said he would never build a race car. However, when he unveiled the chassis of the future Miura on his stand at the Turin Motor Show in 1965, it appeared he had changed his mind : its construction using perforated, steel plates looked to have been designed with a competition model in mind. The chassis on show had been built by Giampaolo Dallara, Bob Wallace and Paolo Stanzani in their spare time, without Ferruccio's knowledge. They were keen to make him think again about racing, and presented him the result of their work in November 1964. Ferruccio was enthused : this would become an exhibition car.

He entrusted the making of the bodywork to Bertone, where a young designer called Marcello Gandini was put in charge of the project. These men went on to produce one of the greatest ever sports cars, that has turned more heads over the years than any other car. In their search for precision and a certain classicism, Ferrari and his favoured coachbuilder, Pininfarina, placed great emphasis on aerodynamic studies. Bertone, with Gandini, on the other hand, allowed inspiration to rule.

During testing by Bob Wallace on the back roads of northern Italy, the prototype 0509 was destroyed. Three other cars would be tested before Bertone and Wallace found a way to reduce the heat and noise in the cockpit, during which time the orders rolled in. The first car to be sold, chassis 0979, was delivered in March 1967. The name of the car comes from the well-known breeder of fighting bulls, Don Eduardo Miura, made famous by Hemingway. This early model was then replaced by the 400S, with the first example, chassis 3919, leaving the production line on 29 January 1969. It had an extra 20 hp but weighed 200 kg more. The final evolution, the Miura SV, appeared in 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show, with 15 hp more power than the S and 65 kg heavier. The Lamborghini Miura is a fitting tribute to both Don Eduardo Miura and Ferruccio Lamborghini, for surely a car has never lived up to its name so well. The Miura bulls identify the truly talented toreadors, in the same way the car of the same name selects its drivers. Men who take part in a Miurada know they are in for a demanding afternoon. This is also the case for those stepping into a Lamborghini Miura, a car that has not been tamed or sanitised. Like Don Eduardo's bull, there is no compromise, making this an enthralling, romantic machine.

 

This Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis number 3036, is equipped with its original engine number 1151. It left the Sant'Agata factory on 19 June 1967 and a period photo in the file shows the car in the factory yard probably when new. Selling new in Italy via Lamborcar Locatelli, the car then went to the US where it stayed with a small number of owners. In fact the car remained with one owner from 1979 until acquired a few years ago by the current owner, a prominent European collector through an important German dealer. He was amazed by its incredibly original condition with less than 31 000 kilometers on the clock which were probably the original mileage at the time. The engine had been overhauled by the American Lamborghini guru, Bob Wallace in 2001, and our collector decided to carry out a concours-standard restoration that would enable the car to appear at prestigious events worldwide and to be as close as possible to the original specification of the car. The bodywork was dismantled and prepared before being repainted to an extremely high standard. What makes this car so special is that along with its superbly restored body, it has retained its original interior, which gives it great charm.

With its original engine and presented in its factory colours, this superb Miura, its restoration fully documented in a comprehensive file of photographs, will seduce enthusiasts with its transparent history and authentic original interior.