1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Berlinetta
Coachwork by Bertone
Chassis no. 4076
Having bought Ferrari cars as soon as he could afford them, Ferruccio Lamborghini set his mind on proving that he could make a better car. His bold challenge began in 1964 with the 350GT, but it was the arrival of the Miura - arguably the founder of the modern supercar class - that established the Lamborghini marque. The Miura was first displayed as a rolling chassis at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, the completed car ready for unveiling to a stunned press and public at the 1966 Geneva Salon.
Designed by Giampaolo Dallara as the fastest and most stylish car on the market, the Miura carried its V12 engine amidships and was clothed in stunning coupé coachwork by Bertones Marcello Gandini. This glorious engine was a 3,929cc version of Lamborghinis Giotto Bizzarrini-designed four-cam V12. With 350bhp available at 7000rpm via six Webers and four-valves per cylinder, the Miura was capable of shattering performance with a top speed of nearly 288kph/ 180mph being claimed. Nobody had ever seen anything quite like it, and the rich and famous clamoured for one despite a $20,000 price tag.
Late in 1968 an improved version of the Miura broke cover, the S (for Spinto, or tuned) featuring slightly more power (370bhp, up from 350bhp), low profile tyres, and optional electric windows and leather upholstery among its improved interior appointments. Outside, the S was recognizable by chrome windscreen and window frames, replacing the matt black trim of the P400.
Factory records show this S model was sold on 21st May 1969 to a Sénor Vela in the Canary Islands: it was the 375th Miura built. The coachwork was typically finished in orange with black upholstery.
The car is believed to have spent most of its life in Spain until acquired by the current British owner two years ago. He believes he is the third owner, and reports that apart from repainting the car is cosmetically very original, including the interior. The engine has received some SV upgrades and the chassis is reported as rust free: overall condition is described as good. Still Spanish registered and offered with Owners Manual and tools, this is a good opportunity to acquire a sound example of the archetypal 60s supercar. Local taxes will be liable if the car remains in Switzerland.
Les archives de la marque nous informent que ce modèle « S » a été vendu neuf le 21 mai 1969 à Sénor Vela des Iles Canaries: cétait la 375ème Miura produiet. La carrosserie était dans sa livrée orange typique et lintérieur noir.
La voiture a vraissemblablement passé la majeure partie de sa vie en Espagne avant dêtre achetée par son actuel propriétaire britannique il y a 2 ans. Il pense en être le troisième propriétaire et nous confie que, mis à part une nouvelle peinture, elle cosmétiquement dorigine (carrosserie et sellerie). Le moteur a reçu plusieurs améliorations de la SV et le chassis ne présente aucune trace de corrosion: la voiture est décrite en trés bon état général. Toujours en immatriculation espagnole et offerte ici avec le manuel du propriétaire et les outils, cest une excellente opportunité daquérir un bel exemplaire de licône des supercars des années 60. Les taxes dimportation seront à régler si la voiture demeure en Suisse.