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1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
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Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$375,000.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2010
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 196 - Sold at a price of $374,000

This superb Miura was delivered new to the Zürich-based Lamborghini dealer Foitek in July 1967. It was exported to sunny, dry California in 1969 and remained there until it was sent to Florida in 2005 for a complete nut and bolt rotisserie restoration. The restoration was conducted by the marque experts at Ultimate Motor Works in Orlando, Florida and was just recently completed this February. Known for their award-winning restorations, Ultimate Motor Works has enjoyed class wins at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Villa d'Este, as well as many other prestigious concours events throughout the world.

In the process, the car was stripped to bare metal and every part of the car received individual attention from Ultimate's restoration experts, craftsmen and even Lamborghini's retired Chief Test Driver and factory historian, Valentino Balboni. Mr. Balboni is well known to Lamborghini enthusiasts, as he served the company for four decades, test driving every model produced and contributing to the development of the company's supercars. In the community of Lamborghini enthusiasts, he is a revered expert and, in recent years, has traveled the world, making appearances and also serving as a technical advisor to restorers and enthusiasts. He personally inspected this car several times throughout its restoration and, on the first visit, remarked to its owner, "this must be one of the first 20 cars we ever made." Certain bracing points on the chassis were changed very early in the Miura's development, which confirmed for him that this was a very early car.

From the paint and body to the interior, suspension, wiring and brakes, nothing was overlooked in this restoration. Although the car had been painted red earlier in its history, it was returned to its factory correct yellow. There was no need to touch the blue interior, because it was in such original and excellent condition. Following completion of the car, Balboni inspected the car once more, confirming that every little detail – down to the hoses and bolts – was factory correct.

The vendor has informed us that the engine was formerly in chassis 4494 and, as such, is in fact a desirable P400S unit – a common upgrade in its day. The "S" variant of the Miura was introduced in 1968 with the "S" representing "spinto," or "tuned" in English. The upgrade was more than a suffix, however, as this latest variant benefited from additional horsepower and was capable of propelling the car to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds – a remarkable achievement in the late 1960s. Please note this car also comes with a rare and factory correct set of tools.

Anyone who has driven a Miura can attest that, on a quiet, twisty back road, very few cars provide as much driving excitement, thanks to the glorious engine roaring inches behind your head and the race car-like handling. Miuras have began attracting mainstream collectors who increasingly recognize its contributions to sports car history. This superb example is no exception. Perhaps its most fitting description was printed in Road & Track, whose editors described the Miura as "one of those beautiful experiences every enthusiast owes himself."
Keywords: 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400


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