1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S


1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

The second generation Miura was released at the 1968 Turin Motor Show with a number of detail upgrades both in and out of the car. It shared the same potent transverse V12 engine and Bertine-designed body from it’s predecessor released three years earlier.

Inside Lamborghini fitted power windows to the Miura S and also offered optional air conditioning for the first time. Detail differences included a locking glove box.

The engine also received am overhual which was good for 20 additional horsepower. This included new intake manifolds and different camshafts.

Outside, the car received a new chrome trim piece around the window locking strip. Around 140 cars of this type were produced until the SV replaced the model in March of 1971.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1968 – 1971
released at1968 Turin Motor Show
built atSanta’Agata Bolognese, Italy
production140
price $$ 19,250
engineV12
positionMid Transverse
aspirationNatrual
valvetrainSOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement3929 cc / 239.8 in³
bore82.0 mm / 3.23 in
stroke62.0 mm / 2.44 in
compression10.2:1
power275.9 kw / 370.0 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output94.17 bhp per litre
bhp/weight280.73 bhp per tonne
torque389 nm / 286.9 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
redline7500
body / frameAluminium Panels and Sheet Steel
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
wheel typeAlloy
front tiresGR70VR-15 Pirelli Cinturato HS
rear tiresGR70VR-15 Pirelli Cinturato HS
front brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
rear brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
front wheelsF 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionUpper & Lower A-Arms w/Coil Springs over Shock Abosrbers
r suspensionUpper & Lower A-Arms w/Coil Springs over Shock Abosrbers
curb weight1318 kg / 2905 lbs
wheelbase2504 mm / 98.6 in
front track1412 mm / 55.6 in
rear track1412 mm / 55.6 in
length4390 mm / 172.8 in
width1780 mm / 70.1 in
height1100 mm / 43.3 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.520:1, 1.735:1, 1.225:1, 1.00:1, 0.815:1
final drive4.09:1
top speed~270.4 kph / 168.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~5.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~12.3 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.9 seconds

 

Auction Sales History

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 4377 – sold for $870,000 Property of the Historic Motor Car Investment Fund. Matching Numbers. Probably Origina Tool Kit. Very Rare. Special-order “Cinghiale” Interior. Superbly-preserved Paint, Considered Original, With Minimal In-painting To Front Left Fender. Auction Source: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC by Keno Brothers

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 4413 – sold for $1,155,000 Recent Extensive Cosmetic and Mechanical Refurbishment One of Just 140 Examples of the Miura “S”. Engine and Gearbox Expertly Rebuilt by Bobilef Motorcars. An Outstanding Example of the World’s First Mid-Engine V-12 “Supercar”. Legendary Marcello Gandini/Bertone Design. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions 2015 by Gooding & Company

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 3982 – sold for $1,265,000. A desirable early P400 S in wonderful colors. Restored by marque specialists. Numerous upgrades for modern driving. According to the International Lamborghini Registry, Miura S chassis number 3982 was the 346th Miura built, and it was completed on March 12, 1969. The factory chassis list, published in Joe Sackey’s The Lamborghini Miura Bible, confirms that the present engine, number 2898, is the original to this chassis. The car was originally finished in Giallo Fly with a beige and black interior, and it was sent to Milanese dealer Gerini Maiocchi to be sold to its original owner. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1969 Lamborghini Miura S ‘Jota’ 4280 – sold for €448,000. In the 1980s, the original S-specification engine was removed and the Miura was fitted with a genuine Miura SV engine, bearing number 30633, which was the first SV engine produced. The current owner purchased the car in 1998 from the previous owner in Fukuoka, Japan, who had owned it for 10 years.

The conversion to Jota specification was completed in early 2013 by two separate Italian car specialists located in Japan. Whilst the car was being converted to Jota specifications, all components were fully restored, ensuring that the Miura will function as it would when new in every respect. Auction Source: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S 4155 – sold for €840,000 Desirable early-production S variant. Matching-numbers drivetrain. Single ownership for 31 years. Includes FIVA and ASI passports. Auction Source: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 4863 – sold for €520,800 ‘SV Specification’ An original UK-delivery, right-hand drive example. Delivered new to rock legend Rod Stewart. Restored by Colin Clarke in the most desirable SV specification. Auction Source: 2014 Paris by RM Auctions

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1970 Lamborghini Miura S 4419 – sold for €415,200. Barely 17,980km from new. One of the first mid-engined GT cars. The fastest car in the world in his time!. No reserve.

This Lamborghini Miura is one of the first “S” built. In blue “Azzuro Mexico” with beige leatherette upholstery in velvet and camel, the car was delivered to the dealer SOCARIA on January 9, 1970. Between 1970 the car was owned by Pierre Brignole, and this beautiful Italian was repainted in white, which gives the car a unique look. Its counter shows a little more 17,980km and we have every reason to believe that this is the genuine mileage of origin as state of the car is indeed splendid. In addition, when the current owner bought it in 1990 it was described as follows in the catalogue by the expert: “This vehicle is in exceptional condition of conservation, its history is known with two owners, painting was redone a few years ago. The mileage of 13,500km is real.” We are in the presence of a rare original piece, with the exception of its paint, a car with great potential whose price continues to rise. Auction Source: Artcurial Motorcars à 2013 Rétromobile

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S ‘SV Specification’ 3952 – sold for $781,000 Considered to be the world’s first supercar; now in its ultimate form. Factory ‘S’ model meticulously upgraded to SV specification. Fully and freshly restored by marque experts Bobileff Motorcars. Numbers matching. Auction Source: 2013 Arizona Auction by RM

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 4548 – sold for $660,000 Desirable Late-Production, European-Spec Miura S. Spectacular As-Delivered Color Combination. Less than 42,000 KM from New. Retains Matching-Numbers Engine. Very Complete and Largely Unrestored. Beautifully Preserved Original Interior. An Exciting Opportunity for Supercar Collectors. Auction Source: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 3982 – sold for $577,500 Exacting Four-Year Restoration Completed in 2010. Beautiful Early Example of the Exalted Miura S. Numerous Performance and Reliability Upgrades. Outstanding Color Combination. Comprehensive Restoration Receipts. Highly Original, Matching- Numbers Example. Italy’s First Mid-Engine Production Supercar. Auction Source: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1970 Lamborghini Muira S 4428 – sold for $473,000. Barely 17,980km from new. One of the first mid-engined GT cars. The fastest car in the world in his time!. No reserve. This Lamborghini Miura is one of the first “S” built. In blue “Azzuro Mexico” with beige leatherette upholstery in velvet and camel, the car was delivered to the dealer SOCARIA on January 9, 1970. Between 1970 the car was owned by Pierre Brignole, and this beautiful Italian was repainted in white, which gives the car a unique look. Its counter shows a little more 17,980km and we have every reason to believe that this is the genuine mileage of origin as state of the car is indeed splendid. In addition, when the current owner bought it in 1990 it was described as follows in the catalogue by the expert: “This vehicle is in exceptional condition of conservation, its history is known with two owners, painting was redone a few years ago. The mileage of 13,500km is real.” We are in the presence of a rare original piece, with the exception of its paint, a car with great potential whose price continues to rise. Auction Source: 2007 Monterey Preview

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1971 Lamborghini Miura S 4428 – sold for $396,000. The Miura on offer today is one of these desirable “S” models which was delivered new to Rainer Haas in August of 1970 and registered as HH XS 701 (copy of the original document on file). It then passed to Peter Eckel of Hamberg, Germany in 1974. By the 1980s it was well known in London, England, being owned by property developer and car collector Tom Forrest. He kept the car until 1992 when it went back to Germany to new owner, Mr. Denner who gave the car to the workshops of Lamborghini specialists Hoecker where it was subjected to a comprehensive overhaul to enable him to reliably use it to travel from Germany to the south of France for holiday.

The car was then sold back to the UK where it has resided in a small private collection and used on a regular basis. The Miura has been the subject of a sympathetic but complete cosmetic restoration. It is finished in a stunning, period Blue Chiaro metallic paint complemented by an interior of blue and tan finest “Bridge of Wier” leather. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1971 Lamborghini Miura S 4764 – sold for $533,500. Only 9,166 Original Miles. This superb Miura S left the factory on November 21, 1970, one of the second-series models. The history of this car begins with a delightful story of an American, Michael Ballastare. His car was delivered to him in America, it was finished in his selected colors of Amaranto with tan interior and fitted with special-order Michelin tires, in place of the standard Pirelli items, and air-conditioning. Lastly, it was delivered with 2,000 miles on the clock, so it could be imported as a used car. What Mr. Ballastare never knew was that it wasn’t a new car at all, but one which had been first built for Ferruccio Lamborghini’s brother Eduardo. It had begun life painted in metallic white, had no air-conditioning and had been re-sprayed and post-fitted with air-conditioning prior to shipment.

With its long-term ownership and few careful custodians from new, this example of the desirable Miura S is a superb representation of this ground-breaking supercar and a fitting tribute to the extraordinary work of Ferruccio Lamborghini and his team of young designers. The Miura has always remained a most desirable car, moving effortlessly from coveted new car to treasured collectible. This remarkable Miura S has everything you would want to find in a top-rank example. It has a fully documented history with a Lamborghini family connection, low mileage and a world-class, no-expense-spared restoration with the imprimatur of noted marque experts to ensure an ownership experience second to none. It is likely one of the best Miuras known to exist. Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 4048 – sold for €347,500. This particular Miura, chassis no. 4048, numero scocca (body number) 468, is one of those very desirable “S” variants. Completed on 22 April, 1969, it was the 368th car produced out of total Miura production of 765 cars, 338 of which were P400 S models. As confirmed by Miura owner and expert, Simon Kidston, this car was originally finished in Rosso Corsa with bleu leather interior and matching carpets and was originally supplied to an Italian based dealer named Righetti.

The car benefits from several SV upgrades to the suspension, wheels and SV specification ventilated front brakes. As a result, 4048 combines the desirable styling of the Miura S with the superior mechanical specifications of the later Miura SV.

In 1971, the car was imported into Germany and was used very little between 1978 and 1987, as it was displayed in a heated enclosed showroom. In 1987, chassis no. 4048 changed ownership and was then registered to Holwerda-Gelauff E.J., a Dutchman of Indonesian extraction residing in Gravenhage, Holland. The car was restored while in his ownership and in 1989 was sold at auction for a world record price to a Hong Kong-based collector. The Miura remained in the collector’s UK museum, however, along with the other cars in his collection and, as such, was carefully stored and used only sparingly.

Following his purchase, the current owner commissioned marque specialists Robert Grimaldi of Grimaldi Engineering to completely rebuild the engine and gearbox, during which the pistons, liners and valves were replaced. The car has not covered any mileage since the work was completed. It should also be noted that Grimaldi inspected 4048 closely and were able to confirm that although the restoration was completed some time ago, most all of the components are still as new.

Finished in red with a contrasting black and red leather interior, this extremely desirable Miura S remains “the godfather of all supercars” and “the most user-friendly of the breed,” as described by a recent edition of Classic & Sports Car magazine. Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London

1968→1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S 4413 – sold for $352,000. The Miura S presented here, chassis 4413, left the factory on January 22, 1970. Production number 463 with engine number 30453, it was finished in fly yellow with black skai (vinyl) interior and was delivered to dealer S.E.A.

While little is known of its early history, in 1990 it found itself in Japan, painted red, where a thorough restoration was undertaken. This was documented in an extensive article in the April 2003 issue of the Japanese magazine Rosso. The car was repainted in its original stunning fly yellow, a very fitting shade for a Miura. The rocker panels were correctly finished in black. The recently painted correct S wheels and knock-offs are shod with correct S tires. Good panel fit, a vital point with Miuras, completes the exterior presentation. The paint shows very well upon close inspection albeit not to concours standards. Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview