1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
The Lamborghini Miura was the third model of Lamborghini after the 350GT and the 400GT. It was built 1966 – 1973 and was named after Don Eduardo Miura, the legendary breeder of fierce Spanish fighting bulls. It was a car that defined the concept of the supercar, with its tremendous speed, technical innovation, its eye-catching design and a price tag which only the wealthiest could aspire. The Miura had been first shown to the public in March 1966 at the Geneva Salon, where its body designed by Bertone designer Marcello Gandini (who was just 27 at the time) stunned the public. By 1967, the engine had been enlarged to four liters, thanks in part to two brilliant engineers - Gian Paulo Dallara and Paolo Stanzini.
With guidance from New Zealander Bob Wallace, the Miura's chassis was carefully developed and tuned to deliver the handling levels necessary to contain the potent powerplant. There were double-wishbones at all four corners, a mid-mounted engine that was fitted transversely to allow for more compact overall layout, four-wheel disc brakes, and a five-speed manual gearbox.
The original designs called for a three-seat layout with the driver in the middle and each of the two passengers on either side. This idea did not make it into the production Miura, but it did re-emerge on future supercars, most notably the McLaren F1 of the 1990s. The rear window louvers that appeared on the production models were an industry first.
The Engine is a V12 with 3.929 ccm with 4 Weber IDL40 3C carburetors and 350 hp on a good day. Enough to reach a top speed of 274 km/h and propelling the 1125 kg-car to 100 km/h in just 5,5 seconds – an incredible achievement in the late 1960s.
In 1968 the Miura P400 was replaced by the P400S with an extra performance of 20 hp. This car is equipped with a P400S engine.
Only 474 units of the P400 were produced.
Specific history of this car:
This Miura, chassis number 3069, was delivered new to Zurich-based Lamborghini dealer Foitek in July 1967.
It was sent to sunny California in 1969 and remained there until being transported to Florida in 2005 for a complete nut and bolt rotisserie restoration at the workshop of the marque experts of Ultimate Motor Works in Orlando. The work was completed in February of 2010. The car was stripped to bare metal and every part of the car received individual attention from the restoration experts.
From the paint and the body to the interior, suspension, wiring and brakes, everything was restored to concours level. The car was painted red earlier in his history, it was returned to its factory correct yellow. There was no need to restore the blue interior, as it was in such original and excellent condition.
Even Lamborghini's retired Chief Test Driver and factory historian, Valentino Balboni, was involved in the process, inspecting it on several occasions throughout its restoration, and on the first visit, remarked to the owner at that time: '‘This must be one of the first 20 cars we ever made.” The visible clues for this observation were that certain bracing points on the chassis were changed very early in the Miura's developed. This Mirua did not have those changes.
After the restauration Valentino Balboni inspected the car once more, confirming that every little detail – down to the hoses and bolts – was factory correct!
The engine in the car was formerly in chassis # 4494 and, as such, is in fact a desirable P400S unit – a common upgrade in its days. The 'S' variant of the Miura was introduced in 1968 with the 'S' representing spinto,' or 'tuned.' The car is owned by a collector for almost 3 years and is now for sale. A truly unique opportunity to purchase a highly eligible and very rare piece of sports car history in concours condition.