This stunning 1971 Lamborghini Miura late Series II ‘transitional’ P400 S by Bertone is finished in bare metal and could be yours for around $2,000,000…
Launched by Ferruccio Lamborghini some 55 years ago, the stylish rear mid-engined Miura still looks the dog’s dangly bits and more, leaving other high performers stuttering in the wake of its 205/VR/15 Pirellis – the often colourful icon became the fastest production road car and was aptly named after a breed of ‘toro’ reared since the 19th century by the Miura family in Andalucia, southern Spain.
Capable of a blistering 170mph, this particular Miura is a late Series II S that has ‘transitional’ features including a reinforced frame with improved airflow ventilation for both radiator and engine compartment cooling, larger venturi Weber carburettors, ported intake manifolds, and cylinder heads, vented SV-style brakes, CV joint rear axles and those signature ‘eye lashes’ we all love to hate.
RM Sotherby’s report that only around 50 cars of these were built with all of these now extremely desirable ‘transitional’ features. The car offered here, chassis 4761, is one such example.
The U.S.-spec car was first purchased by the wealthy parents of a 19-year-old Iranian coed attending college at the University of California, who was supposed to sell the car following its arrival as a means of moving money out of Iran without any questions.
Automobile reported in July 2020 that the girl fell in love with her slick Italian and decided to list it but not sell it… she continued to drive the Lamborghini for the next two years, as indicated by a sequence of repair invoices on file until it was laid up following an incident.
Fast forward some forty years and the Miura with only 16,000 miles registered was purchased by its current owner who just happened to be a passionate enthusiast and preservation specialist whose other Miura was awarded Best Postwar Preservation Car at Pebble Beach.
The car was sent to a team of experts in a bid to recommission the slightly battle-scarred Miura. The painstaking repairs took eight months to complete with Beckman reconstructing the damaged nose, sectioning in metal only where necessary (and incorporating parts sourced from the Lamborghini factory decades ago into the repairs). Original pieces that were cut out were retained, with hundreds of photos documenting each step of the repairs.
The original Gray-White can still be seen in the untouched door jambs and the front bulkhead of the car. This is paired with the car’s original, carefully preserved full blue interior—a dramatic and unforgettable combination.
The classic Italian is now dressed in bare metal and is a perfect example of one of the most glorious automotive silhouettes to this day.
RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale will take place 12 – 14 August 2021.
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