The Lamborghini Miura can be credited with creating the supercar as we know it today; a car that so radically changed car design in the late 60s, that its influence can still be seen in the design of some of the modern hypercars we see currently released.
The appearance of the Miura P400 prototype on the Lamborghini stand at the 1966 Geneva Salon changed the automotive landscape forever. It was quite simply unlike any production car that gone before, both in its appearance and its construction and it introduced a design language that has dominated the supercar ethos for the past 50 years
Aside from its aesthetic appeal, the engineering underneath its skin was remarkable, with a steel monocoque and transverse-mounted 4.0-litre V-12 engine making it the fastest production car of its day. Perhaps the most extraordinary part of the Miura was not its looks or performance, but the fact that this legendary car was the creation of four of the greatest engineers and designers all in their relative youth: Marcello Gandini, Gian Paolo Dallara, Bob Wallace, and Giotto Bizzarrini.
Just 474 P400 Miuras were built between 1966 and 1969, with successive “S” and “SV” models continuing production through until 1973. The example we are pleased to offer for sale was completed on 13/05/1968 and was delivered new to Italy via Ferretti Broidi of Modena. The car was originally specified in Bianco over a Nero leather interior and was sold new to a Qatari gentleman in Europe who more or less immediately took the car to the Middle East. Later, it was sold to London where it lived in single ownership until 1989 when it was purchased by a Mr Di Carlo of Paris, France, who soon after had the car restored by his own company and the colour changed to red to match the rest of his car collection.
Mr Di Carlo continued to own the vehicle all the way until late 2021 when it was purchased by its current owner. The interior is believed to be original and is still in good condition with, as is to be expected with the car’s low mileage. The correct body number and engine number can also be found on the vehicle ensuring they are the same items it was born with. Mechanically, the car has had a recent overhaul to make sure everything is in order with invoices and photographs for the work carried out present in the history file.
It sits today showing just over 40,000 km from new and maintains a comprehensive history file with documents and invoices for various works dating back to 1990. This example presents the rare opportunity to acquire a wonderful example of the ground-breaking Miura, in its early, purest form. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.