Bonhams sale of 3300

Discussion in '1968 Lamborghini Miura P400' started by Richard Owen, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. Sale 14259 - A Sale of Sports, Competition and Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, 7 Jul 2006
    Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, Sussex

    Lot No: 567
    1966 Lamborghini Miura P400 Coupé
    Coachwork by Bertone
    Registration no. PWP 220E
    Chassis no. 3300
    Engine no. MZ782

    Estimate: £95,000 - 115,000

    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 being claimed with production examples independently tested at more than 170.
    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 S featured a more-powerful (370bhp) engine, and was outwardly distinguishable from the preceding model by its wider tyres. Other improvements included a re-routed exhaust system that left room for a larger luggage compartment, electric windows and better quality interior fittings and trim. Later examples benefited from ventilated brake discs that markedly reduced fade. Around 140 examples were built before the introduction of the SV version in 1971.
    This left-hand drive Miura P400 was completed on 29th December 1967 finished in rosso with black interior and sold new via dealer Moscini, almost certainly destined for delivery in Italy. Paperwork contained within the car’s substantial history file includes an old US title deed dated 1981, recording the owner at that time as Andrea Geralt, of Birmingham, Michigan. The car was subsequently brought back to Europe in 1990 by Michel Faraut, of Le Parc Talbot, Marseilles and totally restored for him by Lamborghini specialists Ciclet Automobiles, of Bagneux during 1992. Included in the file are Ciclet’s invoices totalling some 240,000-plus French francs, together with a Rapport d’Expertise (technical appraisal) prepared by Messrs Pierre and Eric Vincent, of Marseilles. The ‘mileage’ is recorded as 35,235 kilometres at time of restoration, to which a further 6,000 kilometres have been added since then. This actual car was featured in Classic Car magazine (July 2004 edition), also appearing on the front cover (copy article available). A comprehensively restored example of the ground-breaking Miura in its early, purest form, ‘3300’ is offered with Swansea V5C registration document and MoT to 16th August 2006.

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