Sold for $1,215,000 at 2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction.
Chassis #: 5012
Engine #: 30708
At the 1966 Geneva Show Lamborghini turned a page in automotive history when it unveiled its high-performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports car known as the Miura. All of a sudden, the exotic sports car was born. But had the work not been done at night, in secret, the Lamborghini name would likely have never been associated with savage, audacious sports cars.
Lamborghini and sports cars seem as synonymous as Italy and Italian Red. However, prior to the mid-1960s, the company founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini was focused more on grand touring cars than heart-stopping exotic supercars.
Gian Paolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace, however, believed they had a better direction for the company. Lamborghini's three top engineers had a vision for a prototype but were well aware of Lamborghini's stance on the direction he had intended for his company. Therefore, in an effort to convince Ferruccio, the three men would work after hours in their spare time on their prototype idea.
The notion was simple enough. The men believed in building a car that was capable of competing and winning on the track over the weekend, but that could be driven on the streets as well. The idea of a street car with a racing pedigree certainly wasn't a new idea. However, a street car that could be driven straight to the track and be successful certainly was a new direction.
Known as the P400, the three men would start out with the car's chassis. Rarely is a chassis put on display without the bodywork, but the Miura would be so ground-breaking that just the chassis would make an appearance at the 1965 Turin Auto Show. Even without a sleek and evocative body, the Miura chassis would attract a crowd and would impress to such a degree that Bertone would agree to design a body for the car so that it could make its debut at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
At the Geneva Motor Show, on-lookers were treated to a truly ground-breaking car boasting of flowing, inspiring lines from the Bertone body and the promise of racing car-like performance from a 4.0-liter V12 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Receiving an enthusiastic reception at the show, the Miura and the legend of the supercar were officially born.
The following year, the Miura would go into production. Complete with the V12 engine and the now famous fighting bull badge, Lamborghini had found the reputation of his company would forever change.
Periodically evolved and remaining in production until 1972, the Miura would be Lamborghini's flagship until the advent of the Countach, which would go into production in 1974. However, the Miura would be remembered as the car that started it all, not just for Lamborghini, but for the supercar class altogether.
And one of those iconic and legendary Lamborghini Miuras would be offered for sale at the 2013 Bonhams auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chassis 5012, with its 4.0-liter, 385bhp V12 numbered 30708, would be one of those produced in the final year of the Miura.
But although this particular Miura is one of the later model Miuras, it is far from lacking distinction. A Miura SV, chassis 5012 is one of just 150 Miura SVs ever built. Furthermore, the car is just one of 96 built to have a splint-sump.
Being that it is an SV, chassis 5012 boasts of the slight updates to the bodywork and interior that include the distinctive 'eyelash' headlights, different tail lights and flared wheel arches. The updates also included a more powerful V12 engine, cosmetic changes to the interior and the strengthening improvements made to the chassis itself.
Determined to be strictly for VIP clients, the SV would be by special order. And amongst the few SVs that would be built, just 21 were to be delivered to the United States. This particular chassis, 5012, had been completed in 1972 and was supplied to a Belgian agent, Hollebecq.
One of the early owners of this particular chassis would be a French gentleman by the name of Alain Auoizerat. Then, in the very early '80s, the car would be sold to a Middle Eastern gentleman who would commission the Lamborghini factory to restore the car fully. Not long after completing restoration, the car would again be sold. This time it would go to a Swiss owner.
The Swiss owner would be so enthralled by the car that it would remain in Swiss ownership for a period of a couple of decades. It seemed the car would not change hands again. However, in 2005, the car would be sold. As part of its new collection, the SV would share space with an SVJ, the famed Shah of Iran car.
While under its new ownership, the Miura SV would undergo a thorough overhaul. The work would be completed by the British restorers DK Engineering. The overhaul would include all of the car's electrical works, as well as, the engine.
Once completed, the Miura SV would be entered in the Tour d'Espagne Rally. The car would not only arrive in time for the event but would take part in the whole event without incident.
Completing the rally, the Miura would be sent to Graeme Shultz's Lamborghini agency in the U.K. to be repainted. Once the repainting was completed the car was shipped to the United States where, toward the later-part of 2006, the car would again be sold.
Acquired by the Oldenburg Family, the Miura has remained with the family ever since. In 2012, the car was shipped to Motion Products for a thorough service. During its time with Motion Products the Miura received new primary exhaust manifolds, new tail pipes and a tune-up. When completed, the 4.0-liter V12 engine was tested and found to be putting out some 390bhp, more than any other Miura they ever handled.
Bob Wallace would be quoted as saying the SVs were, 'an altogether different beast from their predecessors in every respect, they were better built, faster and the best looking.' And just one glance at this particular SV and one will come away with the breathlessness the Miura first evoked.
Though repainted, the car retains its original color scheme. The interior shows some signs of wear not to be unexpected for a near 50 year old car. Boasting of just 47,000 kilometers and a tuned engine producing every single one of its horses it left the factory with some decades earlier it is little wonder why estimates prior to auction have this particular Miura SV, chassis 5012, going for between $900,000 and $1,100,000.Sources:
'Lot 335: 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV Chassis No. 5012 Engine No. 30708', (http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20582/lot/335/). Bonhams. http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20582/lot/335/. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
'1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV News, Pictures and Information', (http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z987/Lamborghini-Miura-P400SV.aspx). Conceptcarz.com: From Concept to Production. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z987/Lamborghini-Miura-P400SV.aspx. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
Wikipedia contributors, 'Lamborghini Miura', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 December 2012, 23:09 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lamborghini_Miura&oldid=526085624 accessed 8 January 2013By Jeremy McMullen