What’s rarer than a pristine 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone? A meticulously restored, bare metal example originally owned by a 19-year-old Iranian coed attending college at the University of California, Berkeley, in the ’70s — that’s what.
This is exactly what you see above and it is due to go to auction with RM Sotheby’s later this month. It’s a rare example, one of approximately 50 that falls into the late Series II “Transitional” P400 S spec, meaning it features stylistic cues of the early models (such as narrow fenders and the signature “eyelashes” around the headlights) while also sporting mechanical enhancements that made the Miura a better car.
As a result, this P400 S features as RM Sotheby’s notes — “a reinforced frame with improved airflow ventilation for both radiator and engine compartment cooling, larger venturi Weber carburetors, ported intake manifolds and cylinder heads, vented SV-style brakes, and CV joint rear axles.”
With this in mind, the Miura you see above is a highly desirable one regardless of its bare metal finish and pedigree. With fewer than 16,000 miles on the clock, it has been well-driven but also well looked after despite some minor incidents that happened in the ’70s under the ownership of the Iranian student, and since, it has been restored to its former glory by the Lamborghini Miura specialist Jeff Stephan.
It was originally finished in “Gray/White” over a full blue interior, but this has since been brushed away to reveal a bare metal body underneath (although some touches of the original paint can be found if you look close enough). It’s offered now in a pristine state that’s perfect as it is, but you can also have it resprayed to a classic Lamborghini shade if you wished.
This masterpiece is heading to auction on August 14 and is estimated to sell for between $1.8m and $2.2m USD, however, no reserve has been set. Find out more on the RM Sotheby’s website.