The credit for the design of the iconic Miura goes to Marcello Gandini at Carrozzeria Bertone, who was only 27 at the time, but in reality it was the brainchild of seven young engineers that were working after hours at Lamborghini on a radical new sports car. The mid-mounted engine, fitted transversely, allowed for a more compact overall design, which was an engineering solution inspired by the Austin Mini. The first generation of Miuras were named P400s to reflect the four-litre engine was posterior mounted.
The Miura was inspired by bullfighting legends, and in this case, it shared its name with the renowned Spanish ranch that bred exceptional bulls known for their ferocity. In keeping with this theme, the doors were designed to resemble bullhorns when fully opened. Whilst the Miura's low-slung design was very aggressive, the headlight surrounds were intended to resemble the eyelashes of a woman, and along with the car's gracious curves, they provided for a very voluptuous and sexy impression. It was this juxtaposition of brute aggression and feminine beauty that gave the Miura its unmatched presence.
The Miura's specifications are still impressive to this day, and they include a lightweight frame covered in aluminium body panels, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and a four-litre, V-12 engine. The Miura's powerplant breathed through six Weber carburettors and produced an impressive 350 horsepower. The car was a pure-bred sports car, and whilst it was ill-suited for daily driving, the throaty exhaust note and blistering acceleration provided unapologetic, visceral driving thrills.
This P400 offered for sale at DK Engineering was supplied in 1968. After a short period of time it is believed the car was returned to the factory and partially upgraded to S spec before it was sent to California to its second owner Robert Tullos. Tullos kept the car for twenty years during which time the car was repainted yellow. The car was purchased by its third owner, Robert Lee, who brought the car to the UK. At that time it had covered just 29,000 miles from new.
The car, as documented in its superb history file, was in excellent and corrosion free condition when it arrived in the UK. Robert Lee kept the car for another twenty years and during that time it was totally restored by Marque experts Colin Clarke and Tom Rasnom. During the restoration the car was returned to it's factory confirmed original colour combination that it is presented in today of "Blu Miura" with "Senape" interior. As a result this must be one of the most striking and best looking examples in existence.
Since its restoration the car has covered just 3,000 further miles and has been extremely well looked after resulting in a car that presents extremely well. In 2002 it received a full engine rebuild which was executed by the Lamborghini legend Bob Wallace.
Needless to say, every great collection must contain a Miura at some point and this example, which is believed to only have 5 owners from new, is accompanied by an excellent history file, has matching numbers status and is in superior condition would make a great choice for any discerning collector.
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