1968 Lamborghini Miura S
1968 Lamborghini Miura S
- Stunning Restored Example
- Out of Long Term Ownership
- Original Colour of 'Verde Miura'
- Recently Serviced by GTO Engineering
The introduction of the Lamborghini Miura in 1966, to many, heralded the birth of the “supercar” as we know it. Its Bertone bodywork was penned by Marcello Gandini and the development team included two brilliant engineers, that were privileged enough to work on the Miura at the start of their long careers, Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani. Additionally, the Miura’s chassis was carefully tuned to provide excellent handling and control the Miura’s horsepower, which came at the hands of Bob Wallace, whose name would become inextricably linked with the brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese. The mid-engined layout revolutionized the industry and while the Miura was the only performance car of its kind in production, other manufacturers, including Ferrari, would quickly follow suit to remain competitive against this talented upstart.
The 1968 year of production heralded the introduction of an updated Miura P400 S variant. This model retained the same gorgeous Bertone design penned by Gandini and featured the ongoing updates that were applied over the course of the production run of the original Miura P400. Visually, what differentiated the P400 S from the P400 were bare-metal headlight bezels, in place of the “eyelashes,” and its chrome-plated exterior window trim, as well as the addition of an “S” badge to the rear. The P400 S interior benefitted from higher-quality trim throughout and a revised instrument layout with power windows. Adding to interior comfort was air conditioning, which was made available in later models. Similarly, subtle changes followed for the drivetrain, which resulted in 20 more horsepower being coaxed from the Miura’s 4.0-liter V-12, bringing total output to 370 horsepower. This was possible thanks to the installation of higher-lift camshafts with revised timing, as well as four Weber 40IDL-3L carburettors. Additionally, the Miura’s splined driveshaft system was replaced with constant velocity joints. For the suspension, the Armstrong shocks were replaced by Koni shock absorbers.
Just like its predecessor, the P400 S’s performance was astounding. Road & Track tested a new Miura for their April 1970 issue and clocked a 5.5-second 0–60 mph time, as well as a top speed of 168 mph, while a later test by Autocar magazine that August cited a top speed of 172 mph. As reported “When we were off in the never-never land to find out how fast this new ‘S’ version would go, we were cruising at a sedate 120, enjoying the scenery, when all of a sudden there was a Porsche 911 S behind us flashing its headlights and telling us to get out of the way. Normally, polite souls that we are, we’d do just that. But not in the Miura : Instead, we shifted down two gears and left the 140mph Porsche a speck in the rearview mirror. That’s what the Miura is for….”
The example featured comes with Lamborghini’s “Certifcato d’oringine” declaring that the vehicle indicated, was produced at Lamborghini’s workships in the year 1968 with the following original specification: Miura S, VIN #3799 with Engine #2529 finished in Verde (Green) with Senape (Mustard) interior.
After leaving the factory, this Miura found a number of homes in Italy before going to Switzerland. It is understood that whilst in Switzerland, the Lamborghini received some recommissioning although not completed, it then sold to its current owner in 2004. In the caring hands of the current owner, with a strict eye for detail, it was sent to GTC Engineering for a full restoration which took over two years to complete. The Miura has since been serviced where needed and used sparingly to ensure that it remains in concours show condition throughout.
No stone has been left un-turned in the restoration of this fabulous Miura S. On a recent 20 mile road test, this Lamborghini performed flawlessly, evidence of the exceptional recommissioning and servicing it has received. This true collectible is a turn key example, complete with history file and Lamborghini Certificate of origin.