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1969 Lamborghini Miura P400

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1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 3571

The Miura P400 was the first of three generations of the model followed by the S and final production version dubbed the SV. The Miura was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show with the production version following soon thereafter. It was designed by M....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

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This 1969 Lamborghini P400S Miura with coachwork by Bertone received a complete (full, nut and bolt) restoration in the late 2000s. It features a chromed and polished engine which was a factory display treatment.....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 4248

Lamborghini ushered in the modern supercar era with their introduction of the Miura in 1965. Not only was the outward appearance striking, but the car featured a unique mid-engined chassis design. ....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 3952
Engine Num: 2871

This Lamborghini Miura P400S, chassis 3952, has been upgraded to top SV specification. It is an original left-hand drive car supplied to Italian dealer Lamborauto in Turin. Today, it is finished in Verde Miura (lime green) with Skai Beige (a caramel ....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

This is a very rare factory right hand drive car that was sold new in the United Kingdom. The car was the 335th Miura built and was completed at the Lamborghini factory on the 14th of May of 1969.....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 4262

The Lamborghini Miura was named after Don Eduardo Miura Fernandez, the legendary breeder of Spanish fighting bulls. The Miura supercar offered tremendous speed, breath-taking design, fitted with technical innovation, and carrying a price tag that onl....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 3982
Engine Num: 2898

Chassis number 3982 was the 346th Miura built and it was completed on March 12th of 1969. The engine found in the engine bay, number 2898, is original to this chassis. The car was originally finished in Giallo Fly with a beige and black interior, and....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 4289

Introduced at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, the Lamborghini Miura's chassis created a sensation. Bertone was tasked with creating the body for that chassis, and a finished prototype was shown four months later at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. Just over 70....[continue reading]

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 3802
Engine Num: 2541

Giampaolo Dallara was a prodigal graduate of the aeronautical engineering program at the famed Polytechnical Institute of Milan. He worked closely with other talented individuals named Paolo Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace. Stanzani graduate engineer ....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 3571 
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Coupe
Chassis #: 4248 
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Chassis #: 3952 
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Coupe
Chassis #: 4262 
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Chassis #: 3982 
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Chassis #: 4289 
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Chassis #: 3802 

History

The Miura was first show to the public at the November 1965 Turin Auto Show. At the time, it did not have a body. It was just a rolling-chassis. The design was mid-engined, very revolutionary at the time. Bertone was chosen to body the vehicle. Nuccio Bertone gave the project to Marcello Gandini. In early 1966 the Bertone body and the chassis designed by Giampaolo Dallara were assembled into one unit. In completed form, it was show to the public at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show and dubbed the Miura. The name coming from a breed of Spanish fighting bulls.
The vehicle was instantly popular with demand overshadowing the supply. Ferrucio Lamborghini had originally planned the Miura to be a low production, flagship vehicle with production set to around 30 models. The demand for the vehicle eventually changed the plan for the vehicle and throughout its lifespan, three series of the Miura were produced, the P400, S, and the SV. Each series brought with it mechanical and aesthetical changes through either fixed problems from the prior series or brought about new developmental improvements.

The P400 was the first series, the 'P' stood for Posteriore, the location of the engine. The 400 represented the engine size, or 4.0 liters. The four-liter engine was capable of producing 350 horsepower to the rear wheels. The spot-welded chassis was made from steel and the steering was a rack-and-pinion unit built and designed by Lamborghini. The front and rear hoods were both 'clamshell' design. There were two small compartments in the rear allowing a small amount of luggage or storage space.

Since the vehicle had been initially intended to be a temporary vehicle, it was poorly assembled and lacked quality. Another major problem was the lack of materials available. The builders of the vehicle rarely had the parts and resources they needed to keep up with demand. As time progressed, so did the quality.

Production began in March of 1967 and offered at a price of nearly $20,000 US dollars with 108 units being constructed. The Miura S series appeared in December of 1968. It was debuted to the public at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. The 'S' stood for 'Spinto' meaning 'Pushed' or 'Tuned'. Horsepower had been increased to 370, thanks in part through the use of a new combustion chamber and larger intakes. The later 'S' series models were given ventilated disc brakes and a modified rear suspension. Air conditioning was available for an extra cost.

In March of 1971, the final version of the Miura, the SV, was displayed at the Geneva Auto Show. The SV was the pinnacle of performance in regards to the Miura series. The rear suspension received modifications including a wider track. Wider tires were placed increasing the performance and handling. The headlights, turn signals, bumper and tail lights received changes. A carburetor change and larger intakes brought the horsepower rating to 385. During its production lifespan only 142 examples of the Miura SV were created. The acronym 'SV' represented 'Sprint Veloce'.

750 examples of the Miuras were built, the last being constructed on October 12, 1973. Production would have continued but Lamborghini was preparing to introduce its successor, the Countach. Since Lamborghini was a small shop, it could only handle the production of one model.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2006

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