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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 an absolutely fantastic piece of engineering, and is extremely strong and reliable - if looked after correctly. It was built to be used, and generally lasts well if the car is used how Ferruccio intended. Hard use is one thing, but the V12 doesn't take well to outright abuse, so regular specialist servicing is really the key to a healthy powerplant.

• Even basic maintenance is often a major undertaking, especially where the engine is concerned. Valve clearances need to be reset every 15,000 miles at least, but this is often left due to the fact it will take up to two days to complete, thanks to the fact you have to remove the carburettors.

• Oil changes should be undertaken every 5000 miles or so. If the engine is in good health, oil consumption won't be too high, and thanks to a 16-litre sump capacity you shouldn't need to top it up with semi-synthetic oil much between changes. As the gearbox on earlier models shares its oil with the engine, it's key to make sure good quality oil has been used since the last rebuild. 

• Despite the unconventional packaging (with the gearbox housing and engine block cast as one item), the transmission is usually fairly long-lived. Extreme use, either on track (which is fairly unlikely) or due to an unsympathetic driver, will cause premature wear. Even the best Miura will feature some transmission noise, but the biggest give-away to a worn 'box is an audible whine or rumbling bearings.

• Clutches are reasonably durable; some cars might last up to 40,000 miles before a change is required, but drive the car properly and you'll easily half that figure. Replacement is an engine-out job

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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Last updated: 5th May 2015
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  • 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400


    The brainchild of seven young engineers working after hours at Lamborghini on what would become the world's first supercar- a revolutionary mid-engined design that had manufacturers like Ferrari scrambling to compete, the Lamborghini Miura P400 was first unveiled for the 1966 Geneva Auto Salon. The world's fastest production car at the time, the Miura P400 offered a 350hp, 4 litre DOHC transverse V12 engine with six Weber carburettors, five-speed chrome gated manual transmission (paddles were not on the options list), double-wishbone coil-spring independent suspension, and four-wheel Girling disc brakes. Using a lightweight frame draped in aluminium body panels the Miura P400's beautiful yet aggressive design was a combination of feminine curves contrasted with strong Bull-horn inspired architecture. Progressing through three models from the original P400 to the P400 S and SV with just 763 cars ever produced, the Miura's incredibly low production numbers and ground breaking design have cemented this classic as a must have amongst collectors around the world. And, as with any collectable car the 'first of' editions are typically the most pure and most sought after. Leaving the Bolog

    • Year: 1968
    For sale
    Classic Throttle Shop
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  • Lamborghini Miura


    "The Italian Job" Factory original 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis number 3586, finished in Arancio Miura (Miura Orange) with a fully original Pelle Bianco leather interior. Completed for delivery on 2nd July 1968 and just 5 owners from new. This stunning car is a "Second Series" P400 with the superior (less flexible) 1mm thick chassis. It has recorded 19,000km and is in show condition. This is a fantastically original and preserved car. A new engine block was fitted in 2011 (due to a hairline crack); the original matching-numbers block comes with the car. It also received a concours-standard paintwork refresh at the same time, but is in all other respects time-warp pristine original. This stunning Miura, one of only three "Arancio Miura" cars built in 1968, and the only one with a white leather interior, is now acknowledged to be the actual car used in the iconic opening sequence of the 1969 movie, "The Italian Job". It was driven by factory client manager Enzo Moruzzi to the Gran San Bernardo pass in Italy for 3 days' filming, returned to the factory and dispatched to the Lamborghini dealer Zani on 2nd July 1968. The car and the story of its recovery was featured in the May 2015 edition of the Octane magazine. It's first public appearance was at the London Classic Car show. Many thanks to UKTurtables for setting up a show-stopping display. Arguably, the most famous Lamborghini ever made, and a serious potential entrant into the worlds most prestigious 'preservation class' concours events.

    • Year: 1968
    • Mileage: 11800 mi
    For sale
  • Lamborghini Miura P 400


    Year of construction 1968 color silver leather black delivered new to France last 20 years in one Family An Outstanding Example of the World’s First Mid-Engine V-12 “Supercar” Legendary Marcello Gandini/Bertone Design price Auf Anfrage EUR

    • Year: 1968
    For sale
  • Lamborghini Miura


    1968 Lamborghini Muira P400 with factory S conversion. Lowest priced Muira you will find in a fully restored condition. Beautiful car in every detail. E mail or call for full details and photos - serious enquirys only please. Thank you.

    • Year: 1968
    • Mileage: 120 mi
    For sale
    Stu Mickleburgh
  • Lamborghini Miura P400 SV


    The Lamborghini P 400 SV has been originally delivered to the US being obviously the very first production SV coming into the country. From the very first day it carried its red colour with a contrasting black interior. Needless to say that it still has its original factory installed engine which certainly has been correctly stamped with its matching engine number. According to the Lamborghini factory paperwork it was sold new through Joe Marchetti, Chicago, Illinois to its first owner Eddie Weschler of Nashotah, Wisconsin. Ed was known as one of the early and fanatic Italian sports car enthusiasts in the sixties, seventies and eighties. Beside his love for Lamborghini he was as well known for his passion for Ferrari owning the main icons of Maranello like the Ferrari 250 Tour De France or Ferrari 250 GT SWB and lots of different early cars for the road and track. Ed kept his SV for nearly 20 years and it is told that he sold it with an extremely low and original mileage of only 12 000 mls in the beginning of the nineties. It was sold to Europe in 1992 finding its new home for another five years with a German collector near to Frankfurt/Germany. It came into the next and last owner

    • Year: 1971
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  • 1971 LAMBORGHINI Miura P400 S


    1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S | Chassis no. 4827 Â In November 1968 the first Miura S was produced and made its first appearance at the 1968 Turin Motor Show. The Lamborghini Miura P400 S benefited from several improvments over the Miura P400 such as: reshaped combustion chambers, higher-lift cams and larger carburetors on fatter manifolds. Â Our car, chassis 4827, is one of the very last Miura S produced, also known as Miura S "Series II", and benefits from important improvments compared to the first Miura P400S such as: ventilated disk brakes, reinforced chassis, high profile camshafts and improved distribution timing. This Miura P400 S chassis 4827 was sold new by SOCARIA to its first owner in Belgium in January 1971. In 1980, it was purchased by its second Belgian owner who retained the car for the following 22 years before the car went back to its native country. The last owner purchased 4827 in 2012 and decided to repaint the car in Yellow Fly. At that time, all numbers appearing on the body (699) were checked and pictures. Â The car retains its original black leather interior and carpets which are in perfect condition. The odometer shows 26.085 Kms from new. Mechanically, th

    • Mileage: 26085 mi
    For sale
  • Lamborghini Miura P 400 S Serie II


    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
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  • Lamborghini Miura P 400 S Series II


    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 Swiss owner on the 18th of May 1971. It was ordered by its first owner Carmine Mariangelo living in Lausanne in the more elegant colour scheme of argento with black seats with textile inserts. The second owner Roger Poinsot living nearby in Geneva fall in love with the Miura P 400 S only five years later when he registered the car on the 17th of May 1976. It changed hands for the last time before we have been able to purchase this Lamborghini icon on the 6th of March 1981 again to a Swiss citizen living in the north east part of the country. The last owner had it for no less than 34 years and decided to sell it last year. The car was part of a major classic car collection. It has been serviced nearly each year at the Swiiss based Lamborghini dealerships. The mileage today shows 66 895 km which is documented by its large history file full of Lamborghini service records going back to the late seventies. It might be more than difficult to find a true three owner from new Lamborghini Miura P 400 S which has been always perfectly maintai

    • Year: 1971
    For sale
  • 1971 (K) LAMBORGHINI Miura P400 S

    £1,250,000 £1,250,000

    Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 17852 mi
    • Engine size: 4
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  • Lamborghini Miura

    £895,000 £895,000

    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, in 1974 the vehicle was returned to Lamborghini's Santa Agata factory and upgraded to SV specification; one of the very few cars to enjoy this upgrade in period. These upgrades, including the suspension, brakes and engine are completely documented by Balboni at the factory and leaves an incredibly special car with a fantastic story and provenance. The car is now finished in Nero Cangiante with Giallo hide, and sits in absolutely fantastic overall condition, both in terms of paintwork, interior and most importantly under the bonnet, following extensive work at our own service centre. 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
    • Mileage: 39200 mi
    For sale
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