A remarkable ‘barn stored’ 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S will go under the hammer in London on the 24th October 2019. The Italian ‘time capsule’ will be offered by RM Sotheby’s at the renowned Olympia event space in West Kensington.
The Lamborghini Miura is being reported as one of the last remaining examples of this desirable classic and has been preserved in completely unrestored and original condition. Paintwork, trim and all mechanicals are said to be untouched and authentic.
Lamborghini Miura P400 S – Chassis no. 4245
Offered without reserve, chassis no. 4245, was sold to its first owner, advertising executive Walter Becker of Nürnberg, Germany in 1971. A wealthy socialite, the car remained in his hands until 1974 when it was sold to Hans-Peter Weber, who, along with his brother, were amateur racing drivers who competed regularly in Porsche 911s during the 1960s and 70s.
In 1974, the brothers were keen to buy the ultimate supercar of the period and set about finding a Miura. On finding the ‘Giallo Flay’ yellow Miura P400 S in Nürnberg, they immediately purchased the car from the eccentric Becker, who seemingly had a large car collection and who sold them the car whilst wearing his silk bathrobe!
Hans-Peter Weber was delighted with his purchase and always kept the car in pristine condition, used only for special occasions. His nephew recalls: “We lived at the foot of the Schauinsland mountain in a very narrow valley. Whenever my uncle, Hans-Peter, arrived with his Miura, we could hear him minutes before as the sound of the engine was travelling fast.”
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Maarten ten Holder, Executive VP & Head of RM Sotheby’s Europe:
“It’s a rare honour to be able to offer a car as significant as a Miura P400 S in this kind of unrestored, original condition. Any Miura S is rare and desirable in its own right, but the car we are selling in London is an opportunity that would be very hard to repeat. I think it’s fair to say that for many collectors an original Miura such as this, is the ultimate prize. With new dates also announced for our 13th London sale, we are delighted to have this car as an early star lot and we are confident it will attract interest from around the globe.”
Mr Weber enjoyed the yellow Miura as it was designed to be used, driving enthusiastically with friends, including a memorable trip to Italy. Hans-Peter Weber kept the car until he passed away in 2015, at which time it was in running condition. The car, which had been stored for four years in a friend’s barn, still retains its original Giallo Flay yellow paint, Skay Bleu blue interior, and original engine, which does not appear to have ever been rebuilt.
It also has the original German title from 1971, its original service book, as well as many period documents, invoices and the original correspondence with the Lamborghini factory. The only changes made to the car during its life were two front indicators and Schroth harness seat belts. The car is in every respect a wonderfully preserved piece of automotive history, the like of which rarely comes to market these days (Est. £800.000 – £1.000.000, offered without reserve).
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Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s.