1971 Lamborghini Miura

P400 S
$149.3M worth of cars at RM Sotheby's Monterey
Thursday, 12 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
Sale Price
$1,800,000 - $2,200,000
Est. Range
14 August 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Modified restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 4761, Engine No. Polished aluminum with silver sills over blue leatherette, cloth inserts. 3,929/370hp, four 3-barrel Weber carburetors, Campagnolo alloy wheels, Pirelli CN73 tires.

Evaluation: Bought new by an Iranian family and delivered to their 19 year old daughter at UC Berkeley. It was intended for immediate sale. The daughter, however, had a different idea and drove it for two years while enduring enough contretemps to introduce her to a San Mateo body shop. After yet another accident (confined to the right headlight area, it is said) the body shop owner purchased it and stored it for the next four decades. Now restored to operating condition with the exterior paint stripped and polished and the very good original interior. Mechanically refreshed as needed. The odometer shows a believable 15,938 miles and it purrs like a kitten.

Bottom Line: In terms of making a dramatic first impression this Miura P400S led the field at RM’s Monterey auction with its polished aluminum body. Its history is only slightly less remarkable. It was fascinating to see how the bodywork was fabricated in pieces, then welded together and smoothed. This is a fabulous price for a P400S but it bought a car that will stop traffic at Consorso. Repaint it and immediately reduce the value by 50 percent.

by Rick Carey
23 September 2021

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