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Lamborghini Miura P400S – #4761

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575) Chassis-Nummer: 4761

Motoren-Nummer: 30580

Auslieferungsdatum: 18.12.1970

Auslieferung an: Emani (Iran)

Original-Farbe: Bianco

Interieur: bleu

erster Besitzer: Emani Freydoren

weitere Besitzer: Hayden Amini-Sereshki (1971, Tochter des ersten Besitzers, Studentin in Berkeley, versuchte das Fahrzeug zu verkaufen, fuhr es aber oft; Unfall 1972); Stephen David (1976, Benecia – und dort stand 44 Jahre); Jeff Meier (2019, besitzt auch 348) #3979, «Restauration» (siehe unten))

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2021, noch kein Schätzpreis, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This Miura would not have made it to the present day in its remarkable condition were it not for a few unexpected historical twists and turns. As reported by Automobile in July 2020, this car was first owned by a 19-year-old Iranian coed attending college at University of California, Berkeley. Her well-connected parents purchased and took delivery of this U.S.-specification car at the Lamborghini factory. The daughter was supposed to list it for sale upon its arrival on the West Coast, likely as a means of transferring money out of Iran. Things did not go according to plan, however, when the daughter decided to keep and drive the car for herself! She did apparently go through the effort of posting a classified ad for the car at one point, satisfying the letter of her parents’ plan, if not its spirit. Her parents were either amenable to this arrangement or unable to do anything about it, and she continued to drive the Lamborghini for roughly two years, as indicated by a sequence of repair invoices on file, until it was laid up following an incident. Although damage was localized to the front right headlight area of the car, the complexity of the Miura’s design and the intricate shaping and fit of its clamshell aluminum hood presented too great of a challenge for local repair shops at the time. The Miura was eventually purchased by the San Mateo body shop owner who had previously done minor repairs on the car. He intended to return it to roadworthiness, going so far as to acquire parts from the Lamborghini factory in 1977, yet the project never moved forward. Fortunately, the original, numbered parts removed from the car during this period were saved. Over four decades later, the Miura was acquired by the present consignor, a passionate enthusiast and preservation specialist whose other Miura was awarded Best Postwar Preservation Car at Pebble Beach. Recognizing the unique time capsule condition of the car and its potential as a reference example for restorers—even elements as ephemeral as its PPG paint label and the set of Pirelli GR70VR15 Cinturato CN73 tires on which the car was delivered were retained—its low mileage (the odometer records fewer than 16,000 miles traveled at time of cataloguing), and its wealth of accompanying documentation, he wisely opted to take the path of preservation rather than total restoration.
Following his acquisition of the Miura in 2019, the consignor enlisted a team of experts to recommission the long-dormant Bull. Steve Beckman, whose Costa Mesa, California-based Beckman Metal Works, was selected to repair the fender bender that took the car off the road decades ago; in a painstaking task that took eight months to complete, Beckman reconstructed the car’s damaged nose, sectioning in metal only where necessary (and incorporating parts sourced from the Lamborghini factory decades ago into the repairs). Original pieces that were cut out were retained, with hundreds of photos documenting each step of the repairs. Chris Morgan of Morgan Images provided additional paint and bodywork repairs, and he was ultimately responsible for stripping the remaining paint off the body to showcase the Miura’s sculptural form in bare metal. The original Gray-White can still be seen in the untouched door jambs and the front bulkhead of the car. This is paired with the car’s original, carefully preserved full blue interior—a dramatic and unforgettable combination. On the mechanical side, the consignor turned to Lamborghini Miura specialist Jeff Stephan, who repaired or replaced components as needed. The car’s fuel tank was removed and serviced and fuel manifold was restored; the water and oil pumps were rebuilt, and new aluminum cooling tubes and brake lines installed. Engine timing chain tensioners were serviced and valve springs shimmed and adjusted at this point, and the twin distributors restored and timed. Finally, the Weber carburetors—a specialty of Stephan’s—were restored using his proprietary process to the factory color and as-new condition, down to the red inspection marks on the jets and bodies. These were topped with dozen gleaming velocity stacks, constructed in Germany to specifications developed by Stephan and the late Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace. The uninstalled factory Miura airboxes were retained, and they accompany the sale. As offered today, Lamborghini Miura S chassis 4761 represents something truly special: a well-documented, low-mileage example of a revolutionary supercar in a highly desirable late-Series II S configuration, recently guided through a no-expenses-spared, historically sensitive revitalization with the aim of keeping the car as authentic as possible. Its next owner faces a difficult, but enviable, choice: Return its expertly prepared bodywork to its factory-correct appearance with a coat of Gray-White paint, apply a different color entirely, or—the boldest route, but perhaps the most rewarding—enjoy it in its dazzling bare-metal state as a unique tribute to the car that forever changed the state of high performance.»

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