1968 Lamborghini Miura

P400

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1968
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    3649
  • Engine number 
    2211
  • Lot number 
    60
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Series no. : # 3649
Engine no. : 2211

- Wonderful history
- Sold new in France
- Well maintained by renowned specialist
- Demonstration car for the dealer Paris Monceau
- One of 475 examples built

Ferruccio Lamborghini claimed he wasn't interested in racing and said he would never build a race car. However, when he unveiled the chassis of the future Miura on his stand at the Turin Motor Show in 1965, it appeared he had changed his mind : its construction using perforated, steel plates looked to have been designed with a competition model in mind. The chassis on show had been built by Giampaolo Dallara, Bob Wallace and Paolo Stanzani in their spare time, without Ferruccio's knowledge. They were keen to make him think again about racing, and presented him the result of their work in November 1964. Ferruccio was enthused : this would become an exhibition car.
He entrusted the making of the bodywork to Bertone, where a young designer called Marcello Gandini was put in charge of the project. These men went on to produce one of the greatest ever sports cars, that has turned more heads over the years than any other car. In their search for precision and a certain classicism, Ferrari and his favoured coachbuilder, Pininfarina, placed great emphasis on aerodynamic studies. Bertone, with Gandini, on the other hand, allowed inspiration to rule.
During testing by Bob Wallace on the back roads of northern Italy, the prototype 0509 was destroyed. Three other cars would be tested before Bertone and Wallace found a way to reduce the heat and noise in the cockpit, during which time the orders rolled in. The first car to be sold, chassis 0979, was delivered in March 1967. The name of the car comes from the well-known breeder of fighting bulls, Don Eduardo Miura, made famous by Hemingway. This early model was then replaced by the 400S, with the first example, chassis 3919, leaving the production line on 29 January 1969. It had an extra 20 hp but weighed 200 kg more. The final evolution, the Miura SV, appeared in 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show, with 15 hp more power than the S and 65 kg heavier. The Lamborghini Miura is a fitting tribute to both Don Eduardo Miura and Ferruccio Lamborghini, for surely a car has never lived up to its name so well. The Miura bulls identify the truly talented toreadors, in the same way the car of the same name selects its drivers. Men who take part in a Miurada know they are in for a demanding afternoon. This is also the case for those stepping into a Lamborghini Miura, a car that has not been tamed or sanitised. Like Don Eduardo's bull, there is no compromise, making this an enthralling, romantic machine.

This Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis number 3649, is equipped with engine S n°2211. It left the factory in Sant'Agata on 7 August 1968. Sold new in France, it arrived at the premises of Voitures Paris Monceau, 114 Rue Cardinet Paris 17e, on 16 September 1968. It was painted silver grey with mustard leather interior and electric windows. The car had been so successful since its launch at the Motor Show in October 1966 that by September 1968, the list of clients driving round in a Lamborghini Miura included Johnny Hallyday, the singer Christophe, the journalist Philippe Bouvard, Jacques Dutronc, the businessman Fred Lip and other Parisian luminaries. With a devastating performance and stunning looks, the Lamborghini's new creation sold very well.
The importer Voiture Paris Monceau registered 3649 in the company name, and the car was given the registration 4600 VA 75 on 25 September 1968. For the next 12 months, it was used to take selected clients on test-drives and demonstration runs. On 19 September 1969 it was sold to its first owner, an enthusiast for Italian cars who lived in the Essonne department, who registered the car 972 LR91. He kept it until the 1980s, and we then find the Miura in the hands of its second owner, registered 400 UE 57 in Mulhouse in 1987. In 1994, the car was put up for sale with the Ferrari dealer in Mulhouse, liveried in green with original mustard interior. On 3 April 1998 the dealer sold it to the current owner, the ex-president of Club Lamborghini France. He entrusted the car to the expert hands of renowned mechanic and marque specialist Toni Sisinni, who completely rebuilt the engine and the transmission in 2003. A frequent and regular driver, the owner ensures his cars are mechanically perfect and totally reliable. Therefore the oil has been changed every 5000km. In addition, the brakes (discs and pads) have been changed, the suspension recently overhauled and the alternator belt, fragile on this model, has been changed regularly as a precaution. All the bills will be passed on to the next owner. The SV wheels and tyres were replaced a few months ago.
Here is an iconic car that is climbing in value. Not only a feast for the eyes and a pleasure to drive, it is also a very sound investment. Moreover, this Miura has a special history, as the demonstration car for the Parisian dealer Paris Monceau, with no end of personalities having climbed on board! Since that time, the car has been maintained to be driven, from weekends away in Relais-Châteaux to participation in rallies, offering a performance that comes with a 12-cylinder concerto !