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Lamborghini Miura buying guide (1966-1972)

Lamborghini Miura Lamborghini Miura Lamborghini Miura Lamborghini Miura Lamborghini Miura Lamborghini Miura Lamborghini Miura If you were asked to name the most beautiful cars of all time, there’s a pretty good chance that the Lamborghini Miura would be somewhere in your top 10. Perhaps even in your top three. While its successor the Countach was brutal, the Miura was lithe, curvaceous, almost effete.

Often regarded as the first production mid-engined road car (although both the Ford GT40 and the Bonnet Djet predated it), the Miura was a revolution in supercar packaging and dynamics. Sure the early ones were pretty compromised, but never before had a 12-cylinder supercar featured its powerplant in the middle – things would never be the same again.

But never mind the engineering or packaging – what really matters is those drop-dead gorgeous looks. Seductive from every angle, the Miura has one of those designs that really couldn’t be improved upon, so if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford one, why wouldn’t you buy your very own Miura?

Which one to buy

Just 764 Miuras were built and not all of them survive, so there are fewer of them about than you might think. Most have been restored or at least worked on in some way – there are few completely original cars left. That shouldn’t be a problem, but it can be, because most Miuras are bought by collectors as an investment rather than to drive, and to them originality – in terms of specification at least – is key.

So before you buy any Miura, establish who has restored it and make sure there’s a full photographic record of any work done. There’s no shortage of companies happy to restore Miuras, but some have a better reputation than others – it’s important than anybody who has revived one of these cars has a track record in doing so.

In terms of which edition to go for, the original P400 is sought after as it’s the first of the breed, while the SV is the most valuable because it’s the most highly developed. However, the P400 isn’t all that usable as the cabin gets hot and refinement is poor.

Reliable production figures are hard to pin down, but in 2005 the factory disclosed that having gone through the build sheets and collated everything, 275 P400s were made, along with 338 Miura Ss and 150 Miura SVs. Many earlier cars have been converted to a later spec though, so check the chassis number against the factory records to make sure that you are buying what you think you’re buying.

Tech spec - Lamborghini Miura SV

Engine 3929cc/12-cyl
Power 385bhp @ 7850rpm
Torque 286lb ft @ 5500rpm
Top speed 172mph
0-60mph 6.7sec
Consumption 13mpg
Gearbox 5-speed manual

What to look for

• You’re unlikely to find a Miura that’s corroded as such – although you could find one that’s full of filler. What’s more likely though is that you’ll find a car which has seen some bodywork repairs which are below-par, so look out for poor panel fit and sub-standard welding.

• The Miura’s V12 is one of the all-time great powerplants, and it’s pretty much bomb-proof. It looks great, sounds even better and gives the Miura performance to match the looks – but while it’ll take hard use in its stride, there’s a limit to how much abuse it can take. Poorly maintained engines don’t last long, so check for evidence of cash having been lavished on servicing over the years.

• Some owners skimp on maintenance because even straightforward tasks can take an age, as there’s 12 of everything. For example, the valve clearances should be checked every 15,000 miles, but as it’s a two-day job (the carburettors have to be removed) it’s one that’s often overlooked.

• The V12 prefers semi-synthetic lubricants. Even though the sump holds 16 litres, oil consumption shouldn’t be high, so once the oil has been renewed it shouldn’t need to be topped up much between 6000-mile changes.

• Considering what it has to put up with, the transmission is usually amazingly durable. Unless drivers have been particularly harsh or ham-fisted, it should be in rude health – but there are some areas that can give problems on high-mileage or really hard-driven cars.

• The gearbox itself is strong and unlikely to be needing attention, but you still need to listen for rumbling that belies bearings which are on their way out. While no Miura transmission is quiet as such, one that’s about to self-destruct will be all too obvious. Major whining belies the fact that the gears have worn; replacing these, or the bearings, will mean a major gearbox rebuild.

• Clutches are reasonably durable; it’s possible to eke up to 40,000 miles out of one, although this isn’t common. Drive the car as Lamborghini intended and you’ll be doing well to get 20,000 miles. The engine has to come out to replace it, and because the flywheel is supplied balanced with the cover attached, it’s not unusual to need a four-piece clutch kit (plate, cover, bearing and flywheel).

Model history

1965: The mid-engined Miura chassis is shown at the Turin motor show. It’s unclothed, but causes a major stir.
1966: The production-ready Miura is unveiled at the Geneva motor show. Except Lamborghini isn’t ready quite yet...
1967: The first Miura P400s are delivered to their owners.
1969: The next iteration arrives: the Miura P400S. Air-con and electric windows are optional.
1971: The final Miura goes on sale, the P400 SV. There are wider rear wings, revised lights front and rear, a bigger grille and those famous eyebrows have disappeared.

Words: Richard Dredge
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  • We are proud to offer this Lamborghini Miura P 400 Series II which has been produced in the Lamborghini factory in mid 1970 and registered to its first Italian owner on the 21st of October 1970. It was ordered by its first owner in one of the most attractive colour combinations available at the Lamborghini works. There are few colours which we have in mind picturing or dreaming of the shape of a Miura: first there is always the so called Miura verde (light green) and second there is this famous Arancio. Lamborghini dared not only to decide for this dramatic design drawn by the blood young genious Giuseppe Ghandini working for Bertone. Lamborghini was as well brave enough to picture and offer the car in bright yellow, orange, light green or light blue which caused a revolution in the sportscar world. According to the Lamborghini factory paperwork this Miura S on offer seems to be the one and only Miura S Series II carrying the Arancio colour with its so called unusual Senape/beige interior. After its long and documented Italian history the Miura S Series II ended up in a very sophisticated small Ferrari collection in North of Germany parting its garage with a Lusso, 330 GTS and Dayt

    • Year: 1970

    Last update: 16 Days Old
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  • Mario Bernardi
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  • Lamborghini Miura

    £895,000 £895,000

    Lamborghini Miura

    The P400 Miura was not only the first supercar to come from Lamborghini, but also the first the world had ever seen. Original unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the Miura completely redefined the styling of a high-performance car. Much of the styling excellence can be attributed to its transversely-mounted engine, sitting just behind the passenger compartment, creating lines that were completely alien in the mid 60s. The performance of the Miura could more than match the extreme styling of the car; the 4 litre V12 produced around 350bhp and was capable of propelling the beautiful body to speeds in excess of 165 mph. However, it is the attention to detail that means even today it remains one of the most stunning cars ever produced. Marcello Gandini of the Bertone styling house can be credited with creating such a magnificent design; for example using the doors to create the shape of a raging bull. The example that we are offering left the factory in 1967; an original EU car that was exported new to Portugal. However, early in its life the car was damaged and subsequently returned to the factory. Rather than repair the vehicle, Lamborghini supplied the client with a brand-new SV chassis and rear end, however keeping the original P400 chassis number and front-end, as this was in no way damaged. These upgrades are completely documented by Balboni at the factory and leaves an incredibly special car with a fantastic story. Finished in a Dark Grey with Giallo hide, the condition of the car is fantastic, in terms of appearance and mechanically. The iconic status of the Miura means that long-term values are only set to increase, with this example being an SV available for the value of a P400S.

    • Year: 1967

    Last update: 8 Days Old

    • Mileage: 39200 mi

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  • 1971 LAMBORGHINI Miura P400 S, 2 Door Coupe, Blu Notte, Nero Leather, previous owners 4, number of keys 2, 28,731 km, We are extremely proud to offer this fabulous Miura for sale, probably the best example of such a car for sale anywhere in the world. Even greatness can be improved upon. In 1968, Lamborghini introduced its updated Miura P400S, which featured a V-12 with revised camshafts that was good for a power output of over 370 horsepower and was mounted on a stiffened chassis. This model was, in turn, followed by the epically exciting, ultimate production Miura, the P400SV, which was first shown at Geneva in 1971. The SV offered even greater performance and improved handling, and it boasted 385 horsepower, with separate lubrication for the engine and gearbox, a limited-slip differential, completely revised suspension, and a leather interior. The rear track was widened five inches, to accommodate wider wheels, which necessitated the Dino-like “flaring” of the rear body panels. Most menacingly of all were the distinctive laid-back headlamps, which lost their “eyelashes” in favour of the masculine plain black surrounds. With a top speed of 180 mph, it is no wonder that numerous o

    • Year: 1976

    Last update: About 1 Month Old

    • Mileage: 28731 mi

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  • Amari Supercars
    01772 663 777
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  • Although the S version of the Miura came out in 1969, it was not radically different from the original P400. Bob Wallace, Lamborghini's development test driver wanted to explore more of the huge performance potential of the Miura, and built his own test bed car which ended up being brutally fast. This 'Jota' was so cutting-edge that only a small number of the improvements incorporated in it made their way in to the later Miura SV. The Jota was destroyed in 1972 in a crash being driven by someone whose abilities fell far behind the car's. Five production SV's were partially 'Jota-ised' but this was mainly cosmetic. This Miura S was supplied new into Japan and has lived there since. The last (fifth) owner set out to produce a car whose closeness to the original Jota specification was much more than skin deep, and there is a comprehensive photo record and bills on file for over £365,000. This work included producing a set of bespoke hand formed aluminium bodywork with exposed rivets and fitting a specially modified SV engine, as well as a simply stunning ground up restoration. The build quality far exceeds anything produced by the factory in period. Please contact us for details of th

    • Year: 1969

    Last update: 24 Days Old

    • Mileage: 1969 mi

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  • Cheshire Classic Cars
    01244 529500
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