1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S Coupé  Chassis no. 4435 Engine no. 30477
Lot 359
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S Coupé Chassis no. 4435 Engine no. 30477
Sold for £359,000 (US$ 602,792) inc. premium
Lot Details
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S Coupé
Coachwork by Bertone

Chassis no. 4435
Engine no. 30477


  • ‘But step back for a minute and work out what makes the Miura so special. In 1966 there was nothing like it. Only racing cars and the obscure little French Bonnet/Matra Djet had mid-mounted engines. Ferrari’s road-going mainstay was the traditional front-engined 275GTB. So when tractor magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini stole the attention of the Geneva Salon crowd with the Miura, people were shocked as much by its audacious mechanical layout as they were by its era-defining and stunningly gorgeous styling.’ – Classic Cars, July 2004.
    Ferruccio Lamborghini’s bold challenge to Ferrari had begun in 1964 with the 350GT, but it was the arrival of the Miura - arguably the founder of the supercar class - that established Lamborghini as a major manufacturer of luxury sporting cars. Prior to the model’s official debut at the 1966 Geneva Salon, Lamborghini cars were respected for their impressive mechanical specifications but they somehow lacked a distinctive persona. All this changed with the arrival of the Miura, named after Don Eduardo Miura, a famous breeder of fighting bulls. The Miura project first surfaced as a rolling chassis displayed at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, but was not expected to become a production reality. Nevertheless, by the time of the Geneva Salon the following year, the first completed car was ready for unveiling to an awe-struck press and public.
    The car’s technical specification was breathtaking in its sophistication and complexity. Designed by Gianpaolo Dallara, the Miura carried its transversely mounted engine amidships in a box-section platform chassis, the latter clothed in stunning coupé coachwork styled by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. Like the contemporary 400GT, the Miura used the 4.0-litre version of Lamborghini's Giotto Bizzarrini-designed four-cam V12. With 350bhp available, the Miura was capable of shattering performance, a top speed of 180mph being claimed. Production examples were independently tested at more than 170, confirming that the Miura was the world’s fastest production car.
    Initial Miura development concentrated on chassis strengthening, these and other improvements being consolidated in the ‘S’ version introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1968. Produced from January 1969, the Miura P400S featured a more-powerful (370bhp) engine and was outwardly distinguishable from the preceding model by its wider tyres. Other improvements included a quieter transmission, electric windows, better quality interior fittings, leather trim and a re-routed exhaust system that left room for a larger luggage compartment. Later, Series II examples benefited from ventilated brake discs that markedly reduced fade. Around 140 were built before the introduction of the SV version in 1971.
    This matching numbers P400S was supplied new in Germany via Garage Foitek on 6th March 1970, remaining with the original owner until 2002. A total of only 57,500 kilometres was displayed on the odometer when the second owner purchased the car, which had remained accident free and preserved in original condition. The Miura was then treated to a total rebuild over the course of the next five years, a process that consumed more than 5,000 man-hours, and since completion has covered only a further 700 kilometres, making the current total 58,200. Offered with sundry restoration invoices, this lovely Miura represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the very best examples of the most iconic supercar of the 1960s, fresh from a no-expense-spared restoration and in magnificent condition.