1972 Lamborghini Miura

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1972
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    75
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Monaco title
Chassis n° 5050
Engine n° 30738
Production n° 732
N° Bertone 832

- One of 19 examples with dry sump and air conditioning
- One of two dry sump/air conditioned Miura SVs sold new in Europe
- Just four owners, including one owner for 37 years
- Superb presentation, 42,580 km
- Matching numbers
- Sold new in France
- The Raging Bull Collection

This car was delivered new on 10 July 1972, by the well-known French distributor Paris Monceau Automobiles. Originally metallic brown with mustard interior, this superb Miura was sent to its first owner, Mr. D. Castel, who registered the car in Bordeaux on 30 August 1972, with the number 8394 CZ 33. He owned the car for close to two years before selling it on 15 February 1974. The second owner also lived in Bordeaux and the registration remained the same. The third owner, a huge Italian sports car enthusiast and very discreet collector, acquired the car on 11 February 1976, and unlike the previous owners, kept it for 37 years! It was registered 8346 GB 13 in Marseille. During his ownership, he had some restoration work carried out in Modena during the early 1980s. It was at this point that the car was repainted a stunning red. Maintained by his private mechanic, the Miura could often be seen on country roads around Aix and Marseille. In 2014 the engine was completely overhauled by Jean-Michel Noël and the car then sold to the current owner, a German collector and marque enthusiast. Today the odometer reads 42 580 km and it is reasonable to believe this is genuine, given the condition of the original, un-restored tan pigskin interior. In 2016, the engine was overhauled by KL, a Lamborghini specialist. This is a rare and highly desirable model, one of two examples with air conditioning and split sump delivered new in Europe. There were 17 others, all delivered to the US. The car is completely original and the build number (732) is stamped on the doors, bonnet and bonnet wings, which are all correctly numbered 1 - 5. These numbers are visible everywhere apart from the bonnet where, as is often the case, it is hidden under the paintwork. The car also has its original engine, and can therefore be described by the phrase collectors like to see: " matching numbers and panels. "

Let's remember that the launch of the Lamborghini Miura at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966 created an absolute storm. A revolutionary road car, it featured a mid-engine on the chassis-platform designed by Giampalo Dallara. Moreover, it was transversely slung and the gearbox was integrated with the engine sump, making it extremely compact. This innovative layout allowed Marcello Gandini from Bertone to design the car with a low sweeping line, racy, new and unlike anything seen before. Strictly a two-seater car, it featured adjustable circular headlamps with " lashes " that mirrored the air intakes on the bonnet. At the back, the rear window gave way to horizontal louvers. The V-shaped 12 cylinder engine came from the 400GT with a touch more power at 350bhp, which allowed this " supercar " to reach 270km/h. This really was an exceptional machine and it took Ferrari several years to react, only bringing out the mid-engined Berlinetta Boxer in 1973. The Miura did suffer some teething troubles however, in particular with reliability and stability. These problems were progressively eliminated with subsequent versions, the Miura S and Miura SV. On the latter, the power increased to 385 bhp, allowing the marque to record a top speed of 300 km/h, an exceptional feat at the time that made this the fastest road car in the world. The modified rear suspension and wider wheels kept the car firmly grounded and prevented it from lifting up at high speed. The interior was finished to a very high level, confirming the star of Sant' Agata Bolognese as a true Gran Turismo. " Of all the cars I have test-driven, the Miura has impressed me the most ", commented José Rosinski. Coming from someone which such a wealth of experience, this was high praise indeed! Production of the SV was limited to just 150 examples making it particularly rare, and the most highly sought-after Miura by far.

The example on offer has had just four owners from new, and one of the first three French owners kept the car for 37 years. It has been well looked after and is presented in rare condition, inside and out. The impeccable beige upholstery complements the coachwork beautifully. Complete with all its matching numbers, this is a particularly desirable Miura SV.