Lamborghini Miura P400 S 1971 – UK

Lamborghini Miura P400, zaprojektowana przez Marcello Gandiniego ze studia Bertone, po raz pierwszy zaprezentowana została w 1966 roku podczas genewskiego Motor Show. Była ona pierwszym drogowym supersamochodem z silnikiem umieszczonym centralnie i prawdziwym dziełem sztuki na kołach. Poprawiona i udoskonalona Miura P400 S pojawiła się dwa lata po premierze P400. Otrzymała kilka udoskonaleń we wnętrzu, elektryczne szyby, chromowane ramki wokół okien oraz 20 KM więcej. Tym cudem jeździli wielcy, tacy jak Frank Sinatra czy Miles Davis, nic dziwnego, była dobrem luksusowym wyprodukowanym jedynie w około 338 sztukach. Samochody klasyczne i kolekcjonerskie oprócz świetnego czy oryginalnego stanu zachowania, często wyróżniają się także ciekawą historią. Na aukcję trafiło właśnie Lamborghini Miura P400 S, które należało do słynnego na całym świecie muzyka, Roda Stewarta. Stewart uznawany był za jednego z najlepszych klientów Lamborghini. Muzyk zamawiał każdy nowy model firmy, łącznie z wszystkimi odmianami modelu Miura. Białą P400 S z kierownicą po prawej stronie, z fabryczną klimatyzacją i pasami bezpieczeństwa odebrał od dealera Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd. w Londynie. Ówczesna dziewczyna Stewarta, modelka Dee Harrington, została sfotografowana z dwoma jego Miurami. To najprawdopodobniej właśnie ten egzemplarz Lamborghini wykorzystany został do testu oraz sesji na okładkę magazynu Car z listopada 1970 roku. Samochód na przełomie lat 70-tych i 80-tych przeszedł przez ręce kliku właścicieli prywatnych, by w końcu w 1994 roku trafić do osoby, która zatrzymała go na dwie dekady i zmodyfikowała do specyfikacji SV. Całe szczęście główne elementy Miury, takie jak podwozie i silnik, pozostały oryginalne. Obecny właściciel przy okazji renowacji samochodu przywrócił go do oryginalnej, fabrycznej specyfikacji. Od specjalistów z Lamborghini Polo Storico, Miura otrzymała opinię najlepszego egzemplarza, z jakim kiedykolwiek się spotkali. Wspaniałe Lamborghini Miura P400 S z 1971 roku wycenione zostało na 1,2 – 1,4 miliona funtów, czyli około 5,7 – 6,7 miliona złotych.

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1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone
£1,200,000 – £1,400,000
RM | Sotheby’s – LONDON 2018 – Formerly owned by Rod Stewart – Offered on: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lot Number 175

Chassis No. 4863
Engine No. 30614

– An original UK-delivery, right-hand-drive example
– Delivered new to rock-and-roll legend Rod Stewart
– Fresh, painstakingly correct restoration by Lamborghini Polo Storico
– The finest Miura S available on the market

A true living legend of rock and roll, Rod Stewart is among the most instantly recognizable figures in worldwide music. Among the bestselling artists of all time, he has sold over 100 million records, including as part of Faces and during a memorable, decades-long solo career in which he has spanned the influence of everything from soul to folk to soft rock to American standards. He has twice been inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Like many rock-and-rollers throughout history, Stewart is also a petrol head. He is most partial to Lamborghini, and has for decades been perhaps the company’s most well-known ‘best customer’, ordering and owning an example of virtually every new model, including all iterations of the landmark Miura early in his career.

Stewart took delivery of this Bianco over Nero P400 S, chassis no. 4863, through Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd. of Allie Street, London; a copy of the original records, kept by Derek Hopkins of said dealership, is included in the file, as is a copy of the original delivery sheet, noting the car as a right-hand-drive example with factory air conditioning and seatbelts. Stewart’s then-girlfriend, model Dee Harrington, was photographed with two of his Miuras, including this car, bearing registration JLL 831K. Further, the car is believed to have been that tested for a cover feature in the November 1970 issue of Car magazine.

After Stewart’s ownership the car passed through owners in Wiltshire, Kent, and Cambridge. It was acquired in 1976 by Clive Hugo Nagel, then, in April 1983, by Michael Baker of Horley. The next owner of the car maintained it for two decades, between 1994 and 2014, and during his ownership was fitted with various modifications to raise it to the SV specification, while the bulkhead, engine and chassis all, fortunately, remained intact and original to the car.

Accordingly, when the current owner purchased the car, he took the opportunity to return it to its historic original form, exactly as it would have been when Rod Stewart took delivery. The work would be handled by the best possible source, the factory, at the Lamborghini Polo Storico division in Sant’Agata. The original bonnet and boot were reskinned to the original design and the wheel arches returned to the correct original configuration, modifications to the chassis undone back to the original P400 S specification, and all mechanical components carefully disassembled and painstakingly rebuilt to their original condition. Literally every component was handled, down to the tool set and tires, at a cost of just over €400,000, and the car is accompanied by Polo Storico’s magnificently detailed records, including extensive photographs and checklists from throughout the restoration, confirming the originality of all major components and the intensive level of work resulting in perfection. The owner reports that at the completion of the restoration, he was informed that this was the finest Miura to have yet left Polo Storico, and would form the authenticity basis for their future Miura restorations.

The result is certainly the finest right-hand-drive P400 S on the market, and among the best-restored, most correct Miuras available – a car to make any new owner feel, well, like a rock star.

Some guys have all the luck.