"CLASSIC OF THE DAY"
After our look at the Veteran Cars available over the past week from Gavin McGuire & Bonhams, we move forward today with a look at an Icon of more modern times. Times have changed from the days of the man with the Red Flag though that has been superseded by the metal man painted in yellow & grey. There is only one way to start our look at Supercars and that is with Lamborghini, our first up comes from AMARI
1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S
1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 SASKING PRICE: £999,995
BODY STYLE: COUPE
We are extremely proud to offer this fabulous Miura for sale, probably the best example of such a car for sale anywhere in the world.
Even greatness can be improved upon. In 1968, Lamborghini introduced its updated Miura P400S, which featured a V-12 with revised camshafts that was good for a power output of over 370 horsepower and was mounted on a stiffened chassis.
This model was, in turn, followed by the epically exciting, ultimate production Miura, the P400SV, which was first shown at Geneva in 1971.
The SV offered even greater performance and improved handling, and it boasted 385 horsepower, with separate lubrication for the engine and gearbox, a limited-slip differential, completely revised suspension, and a leather interior. The rear track was widened five inches, to accommodate wider wheels, which necessitated the Dino-like flaring of the rear body panels. Most menacingly of all were the distinctive laid-back headlamps, which lost their eyelashes in favour of the masculine plain black surrounds.
With a top speed of 180 mph, it is no wonder that numerous owners of earlier Miuras elected to have their automobiles upgraded to this ultimate specification.
The P400S offered here is an original United Kingdom-delivery example that was supplied to its first owner, rock legend Rod Stewart, by Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd. of Alie Street, London.
A copy of its original records, which were kept by Derek Hopkins of said dealership, is included in the file. Also included in the file is a copy of the original delivery sheet, which notes the car as having right-hand drive, factory air conditioning, and seatbelts.
The file also has a copy of a photo of Stewarts then girlfriend, model Dee Harrington, with two Miuras, one of which is an S with this cars original British registration, JLL 831K.
The car passed from Rod Stewart through to owners in Wiltshire, Kent, and Cambridge. In 1976, the Miura was acquired by Clive Hugo Nagel, and then it passed to Michael Baker, of Horley, in April 1983. The car was then acquired by the present British caretaker, who has retained ownership of it for the past two decades.
As such, this Miura has known ownership history since new.
The current owner selected to transform this car into the SV specification, with the necessary front and rear clam modifications, suspension upgrades, and rear lights. Importantly, the cars bulkhead, engine, and chassis all bear correct numbers for the original S, and they are original to the car.
More recently, the Miura has been restored in its SV configuration by noted marque specialist Colin Clarke Engineering.
Suspension, steering, brakes, and hubs were all rebuilt to concours condition, and all components have been properly and correctly finished.
An exhaustive overhauling of the wiring, dashboard instruments, supply lines, and tyres was undertaken, and the steering and suspension have all been laser-aligned.
The body was beautifully refinished in the factory colour of Blu Notte, and it has black leather upholstery of the correct pattern and correct carpets.
The Miura also has its original front windscreen and side glass, which remain in excellent condition.
The SV conversion and recent restoration work undertaken has cost approximately £100,000.
It really does need to be seen to be appreciated, it look like a brand new Miura.
This Miura is beautifully presented and ready for show. It is a rare configuration that has the highest possible performance and the most beautiful colours.
It is as exciting today as it must have been for its original owner, Rod the Mod, back in 1971.
The car is presented with a beautiful file, showing many photos of its restoration along with invoices and documents, including the original bill of sale.
Please note, some of the photos used are from a previous photoshoot.
This car deserves the best weather for us to do our usual photos, so they will be done as soon as we can.
We welcome international enquiries and can arrange shipping anywhere in the world.
For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales team on 01772 663 777.
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General Specification ( Not Above Vehicle)
1968-1971 LAMBORGHINI Miura P400 S
OverviewIf the 350/400GTs paved the way for Lamborghini to become a major player in the supercar scene, the trendsetting Miura left Ferrari floundering in its wake. At a time when mid-engined cars were very much for competition and niche cars, Lamborghini embraced the layout for its range-topping sports car. For many, the Miura was the first supercar. It wasn’t without faults – if you were tall, forget driving it, and if you wanted to go fast, you had to compensate for its flexing chassis and iffy aerodynamics. But despite that, it’s an all-time great, and one that remains undervalued.
ChassisIndependent, consisting of double transverse wishbones with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars
Independent, consisting of double transverse wishbones with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars
rack and pinion
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