1969 Lamborghini Miura

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Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    4377
  • Engine number 
    30436
  • Lot number 
    100
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Interior brand colour 
    Cinghiale (Wild Boar Hide)
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

-Matching Numbers

-Well-Documented History

-Original Factory Colors

-Original Owners Manual

-Tool Kit Included

-Well-Preserved Original Example

The journey of Miura ‘4377’ began in the South of France. It was reported that popular singer, Johnny Halliday, was driving a Miura; this motivated a successful developer, M. Penchinat, to order one from the importer, Voitures Paris, Monceau. Finished towards the end of 1969, it was registered for road use on November 20th. It was ordered in bright red, with air conditioning and a soundtrack provided by only the intake howl of a bank of carburetors inches from the occupants’ ears, …and a sizzling rasp from the dual exhaust tips. The interior leather is what sets this car apart - Cinghiale, or wild boar hide. Popular talk has it that this material was suggested by Frank Sinatra, but according to legendary Lamborghini Test Driver and expert, Valentino Balboni, it was Bertone, the car’s design house, who recommended this extravagant hide. He noted that only a select few examples of the Miura were built with this option, making ‘4377’ even more rare.

When purchased, the car, using its full power and near-170 mph top speed, could be thoroughly enjoyed on the motorways of Europe. When the oil crisis hit in 1973, speed limits were slashed to a maximum of 80 mph. At this time ‘4377’ was put away, still in pristine, original condition by its original buyer. It was sold once to the owner of a garage and remained in France, it is believed, until the late 1970s. The car came to the attention of Sig. Balboni in the early 1990s. Its stunning originality and fine condition, including the fragrant and patina’d leather, an option he notes was used on only select cars, were sensational. He recommended the car to a noted Lamborghini collector, Carlo Mauri, who purchased the car in 1997. Again upon the suggestion of Sig. Balboni, the car was cared for by the former technical director of Lamborghini, Orazio Salvoni, who at the time, owned a workshop for high-level automobiles, Top Motors. During this time, the engine was rebuilt and carefully tuned by skilled and experienced hands. Balboni fondly recalled to the Keno Brothers during his current visit and review of ‘4377’, that he would sit in his garden on weekend mornings and hear the wail of the V12 being worked out lovingly by its happy owner. Sig. Balboni stated that this finely- preserved unit could be the example with which all other Miuras could be compared, for its originality. As he slid behind the wheel of ‘4377’, he smiled and remarked that it is like stepping back in time.

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