1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802

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Lot 219
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400
Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802

€ 250,000 - 300,000
US$ 300,000 - 360,000
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400
Coachwork by Coachwork by Bertone

Chassis no. 3420
Engine no. 1802
‘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. 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 a stunned press and public.
Designed by Gianpaolo Dallara, the Miura carried its transversely mounted engine amidships in a box-section platform chassis, the latter clothed in stunning coupe coachwork styled by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. Like the contemporary 400GT, the Miura used the 4-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 (290km/h) being claimed with production examples independently tested at more than 170.
This left-hand drive Miura P400 is the 254th Miura built and retains its original engine. Finished in red with beige/Havana leather upholstery and Havana carpets, the car was completely restored in 1995 and received the ‘Lamborghini Club America Award’ at Pebble Beach in 1997. A rare opportunity to acquire a comprehensively restored example of the groundbreaking Miura in its early, purest form.

Cette Miura P400 conduite à gauche est la 254e produite et elle comporte son moteur d'origine. De couleur rouge avec intérieur en cuir beige/havane et moquettes havane, elle a bénéficié d'une restauration complète en 1995 et a reçu la très enviée "Lamborghini Club America Award" au concours d'élégance de Pebble Beach, en 1997. Elle constitue une occasion rare d'acquérir un exemplaire complètement restauré de la saisissante Miura, dans sa première forme, la plus pure.
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400  Chassis no. 3420 Engine no. 1802
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