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Giallo Fly | Coupé | 5 Speed Manual | 4.0 litre V12 | 34,417 kms showing | AU$1,988,000
The brainchild of seven young engineers working after hours at Lamborghini on what would become the world’s first supercar- a revolutionary mid-engined design that had manufacturers like Ferrari scrambling to compete, the Lamborghini Miura P400 was first unveiled for the 1966 Geneva Auto Salon.
The world’s fastest production car at the time, the Miura P400 offered a 350hp, 4 litre DOHC transverse V-12 engine with six Weber carburettors, five-speed chrome gated manual transmission (paddles were not on the options list), double-wishbone coil-spring independent suspension, and four-wheel Girling disc brakes.
Using a lightweight frame draped in aluminium body panels the Miura P400’s beautiful yet aggressive design was a combination of feminine curves contrasted with strong Bull-horn inspired architecture.
Progressing through three models from the original P400 to the P400 S and SV with just 763 cars ever produced, the Miura’s incredibly low production numbers and ground breaking design have cemented this classic as a must have amongst collectors around the world.
And, as with any collectable car the ‘first of’ editions are typically the most pure and most sought after.
Leaving the Bologna factory on June 28th, 1968 this very original Lamborghini Miura P400 was first delivered to Europe, ordered in Fly Yellow over black leather upholstery.
In 1973 it then made its way to France where it would remain in private collections for the next 39 years, changing hands just twice in this time.
Purchased by well-regarded marque specialists, Autrodrome-Paris in 2012, this Miura then underwent a professional bare metal restoration. The engine and transmission were subject to a no-expense spared re-build along with brakes, suspension and interior trim.
Today, this Miura P400 remains in excellent condition, neatly finished in every respect and features the correct full-leather interior, correct Sebring Mach/1 wing mirrors, Carello headlamps, magnesium-alloy Campangolo wheels wrapped in Michelin tyres, as well as the finger-tip tumbler switches for the interior.
In addition, the engine currently sports Jota style performance trumpets enhancing breathability but is also accompanied by the original air-boxes should you wish to return to factory specification.
Accompanying the car is a detailed history file denoting ownership history, restoration details and registration information dating back to 1973 so often lost with these early Italian cars.
Frequently voted the most beautiful car of all time, past and present auction prices highlight the Bluechip investment status of this ground breaking car with this Miura P400 representing excellent value both internationally and in Australia as prices to continue to grow.
A rare and excellently well prepared Miura that oozes the enchanting theatre we love from Italian exotica, from the symphonic exhaust note to the V12 planted just behind the headrests, so rarely is a car like this available to own, drive and invest in.