Lamborghini Miura | Pic of the Week

Lamborghini Miura | Pic of the Week

Saturday 11th January

Lamborghini Miura | Pic of the Week

Need something from the January sales? This Miura is going to auction on Friday...



Time has done nothing to lessen the impact of the Lamborghini Miura, on screen or in the real world. Still now it beggars belief that a shape like this could originate from so long ago, when mid-engined cars hadn't long since made their debut on the world's circuits. From that Geneva debut in 1966 the Miura was an icon, status that continues to this day; so, when one comes up for sale for the first time in 40 years, accompanied by glossy pics...

Yes, this Miura P400 SV will go under the hammer with RM Auctions at its Arizona sale next Friday, the estimate $1.4-1.6m. Limited in reality to the deep pockets of very few, then, but nothing to stop us ogling an incredible supercar with an intriguing backstory.

Completed on December 10th, 1971, Miura chassis #4974 was originally green with a black leather interior. Its owner, Mr Stel of Udine, didn't have the car long before it went to California and owner number two, Dennis Christianssen. Which is where it gets interesting.

At the time, famed Sant'Agata engineer Claudio Zampolli was the US factory representative, and had helped facilitate the sale to Christianssen. But when the latter wanted to move on in 1977, he sold the car to Zampolli; keen to dry-sump the Miura - presumably helpful in lowering the CoG of that big V12 - Zampolli took the engine out of the car and went on holiday. During which time his V12 was promptly stolen. The swines.

However, nobody was better placed then to get Lamborghini parts than Claudio Zampolli, so having obtained an SV block and Jota-spec dry-sump system, he got to work. The finished car is as you see here, the only dry-sumped SV in existence and with the 10-inch cast magnesium rear wheels. Zampolli sold it in 1979, and the car stayed with that owner until this sale. Quite some story.

Now finished in red over beige, it's a stunning Miura. No such thing as a not-stunning Miura, sure, but the spec and history of this car make it extra special. Expect many paddle boards to be flapping come Friday - and plenty of gawping at this wallpaper from colleagues. Don't say we didn't warn you...

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MCBrowncoat

Original Poster:

201 posts

95 months

Sunday 12th January
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"...the only dry-sumped SV in existence"

That's not true

Nice though

FlukePlay

70 posts

94 months

Sunday 12th January
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This car is stunning but I could never understand the eyelashes, it's the only part of the design I dislike. The countach was another masterpiece, two stunners in succession

MCBrowncoat

Original Poster:

201 posts

95 months

Sunday 12th January
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SV won't have eyelashes

Oh, I am on an absolute pedant roll today! Is there an award?

...I should probably go and do something else....

Chubbyross

372 posts

34 months

Sunday 12th January
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The looks of this car blows all modern hypercars out the water.

nismo48

513 posts

156 months

Sunday 12th January
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Chubbyross said:
The looks of this car blows all modern hypercars out the water.
I could not agree more..
To see one in the flesh is a rare thing indeed..

coppice

5,671 posts

93 months

Sunday 12th January
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I admire the styling of very few Lamborghinis - only three in fact - the 350GT , Urraco and Miura . The latter is , and remains , the best looking road car I have ever seen . I cannot tell you how many times I read the wonderful LJK Setright's account of driving a Miura to the UK from Sant' Agata - the story in which was first coined the now massively overused term 'supercar '..

Reportedly . from subsequent accounts , the MIura was not as great to drive , nor as fast ,as its looks (and maker ) suggested but who cares, with looks like that?

And ., pedant alert , it wasn't a bloody 'icon ' in 1966 - nothing outside a Russian or Greek church was. The term only came into widespread use in the last 20 years , and now is applied to anything from a pair of trainers to a bloody pizza . I wouldn't devalue a Miura with the term - it deserves so much better .

viggyp

1,790 posts

84 months

Monday 13th January
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Always thought this the best looking car of all time. I absolutely love it.

I remember back in the 80's going to family trips to Northern Italy and there was a bus driver who also used to drive a yellow Miura. I tell you, me and the local kids used to go crazy at the sight and sound of it.

My closest mate is a car sprayer and used to work at a restoration garage in Hornsey and worked on the Jota replica owned by Piet Pulford which has been featured in various mags. I also heard that it was recently at the Lamborghini museum. Also, when I visited his workplace many years back, the last ever Miura was in there. Black with white interior and the centre console has Ferruccio's signature in black ink cloud9

TwigtheWonderkid

30,772 posts

99 months

Monday 13th January
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It looks like it's been beamed in from the future when you see it today. Christ knows what they must've thought when it was launched in 1966 or whenever. Most people were driving around in Austin 1100s and Morris Oxfords!

thegreenhell

6,388 posts

168 months

Monday 13th January
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Haters of fake exhaust tips look away.

DonkeyApple

35,560 posts

118 months

Monday 13th January
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Chubbyross said:
The looks of this car blows all modern hypercars out the water.
I tend to agree. For me it’s the best looking car made. The 288 came close but nothing has since.

I always think that seeing one of these back in the late 60s among all the other cars on the road must have looked like an alien invasion.

myhandle

899 posts

123 months

Monday 13th January
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MCBrowncoat said:
SV won't have eyelashes

Oh, I am on an absolute pedant roll today! Is there an award?

...I should probably go and do something else....
No, please don't. Good to have a few remaining people on here who actually know anything. The first thing that struck me is that I hate US side marker lights more and more with every passing year.

mhurley

682 posts

82 months

Monday 13th January
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DonkeyApple said:
I tend to agree. For me it’s the best looking car made. The 288 came close but nothing has since.

I always think that seeing one of these back in the late 60s among all the other cars on the road must have looked like an alien invasion.
It's up there with a 250 Lusso and DB4 GT IMO


Meltham Terrier

239 posts

82 months

Monday 13th January
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myhandle said:
MCBrowncoat said:
SV won't have eyelashes

Oh, I am on an absolute pedant roll today! Is there an award?

...I should probably go and do something else....
No, please don't. Good to have a few remaining people on here who actually know anything. The first thing that struck me is that I hate US side marker lights more and more with every passing year.
If i was in a position where i could only afford a Miura with eye lashes, i don't think that would be a deal breaker for me. Absolutely fabulously looking car imo.