The design of the car is attributed 22 Bertone designers who worked through the nights on the project for fear of Lamborghini scrapping the project due to high expense. It is widely acknowledged that one single man had the greatest influence on the finished product; Marcello Gandini. Gandini, the son of an orchestral conductor, was just 22 when he started working on the Miura, he worked at Bertone for a further fourteen years and his designs are undoubtedly amongst some of the most significant of the 20th century. As well as the Miura Gandini was responsible for both the Countach and the Diablo as well as the Lancia Stratos and Alfa Romeo Montreal to name but a few. All of Gandini's designs are modern icons however the Miura stands above the rest. It is no overstatement to cite the design importance of the Miura as perhaps being the most instrumental device in shaping the future of the supercar. The very first supercar, the Miura, is still often regarded as the finest.
This example offered here is a 1968 ‘P400’ S, the "S" benefits from a number of refinements and minor visual changes over the earlier P400. The ‘S’ introduced the option of a number of interior comforts such as electric windows and air-conditioning. Outside the car received chrome brightwork around the headlamps and window surrounds. Changes to the car saw a modified centre console, locking glovebox and notched trunk panels which allow more room for luggage. The engine was lightly fettled, gaining a further 20HP, largely the result of modified camshaft profiles and intake manifolds which are 2 mm larger.
Lamborghini built 338 P400 S over the course of the production run; whilst some early registers contend as few as 140 cars were built . This particular example was first registered on 31st December 1968, supplied in Verde Miura over Senape (Mustard), the body colour it is finished in today.
The car spent the early part of its life in Italy. Supplied new to Piero Quadro of Turin on January 2nd 1969. No doubt the sight of a bright green Miura on the streets of Turin in 1969 would have swept passers-by from their feet compared to the norm of Fiat 500s.
The car would pass through a number of owners the following year, Angel Giuliano keeping the car for two months, Arduino Messina for three months before purchase by Vincenza Ventimiglia of Ancona. He would keep the car for two years for its first time outside the city. In 1973 the car would return to Turin for 7 months in the custody of Sebastiana Sipali before purchase by the Goitani family in 1974. The last records suggest the car moved within in the family from Gianfranco to Ornella in September 1974.
In the late 1990s the car was in the care of a Swiss collector ahead of purchase in 2001, by a prominent superstar industrial designer, described as the most influential of his generation and one with a fond eye for the finest automotive designs ever produced.
. The Miura would join a small collection of the highlights of automotive design and reside with him between both Paris and London. Over the course of nearly 10 years, he would instigate comprehensive works to be carried out by GTC Engineering of Buckinghamshire.
The gearbox was rebuilt, the engine received a comprehensive overhaul, the suspension was also stripped down and rebuilt. The owner would set about locating a number of rare original parts to ensure the accuracy of the restoration including original Stainless Steel door sills with the Bertone logo, original battery cover and wooden gear knob. After the engine work was completed the car was refinished in its original Verde Miura hue. The blue leather interior remains in fantastic condition and works superbly with the Verde Miura coachwork.
Most recently this car has been used sparingly by its current owner in Jersey and presents today in show condition with an extensive history file including the Lamborghini Certificate of Origin.
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