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Lot 33

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S ‘SV Specification’

  • Chassis no. 4863
  • Engine no. 30614

Sold for €520.800


370 bhp, 3,929 cc DOHC V-12 engine, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel Girling disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm

  • An original UK-delivery, right-hand drive example
  • Delivered new to rock legend Rod Stewart
  • Restored by Colin Clarke in the most desirable SV specification


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 owners of earlier Miuras elected to have their automobiles upgraded to this ultimate specification.



The P400S offered here is an original United Kingdom-delivery example that was supplied to its first owner, rock legend Rod Stewart, by Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd. of Alie Street, London. A copy of its original records, which were kept by Derek Hopkins of said dealership, is included in the file. Also included in the file is a copy of the original delivery sheet, which notes the car as having right-hand drive, factory air conditioning, and seatbelts. The file also has a copy of a photo of Stewart’s then girlfriend, model Dee Harrington, with two Miuras, one of which is an S with this car’s original British registration, JLL 831K.



The car passed from Rod Stewart through to owners in Wiltshire, Kent, and Cambridge. In 1976, the Miura was acquired by Clive Hugo Nagel, and then it passed to Michael Baker, of Horley, in April 1983. The car was then acquired by the present British caretaker, who has retained ownership of it for the past two decades. As such, this Miura has known ownership history since new.



The current owner selected to transform this car into the SV specification, with the necessary front and rear clam modifications, suspension upgrades, and rear lights. Importantly, the car’s bulkhead, engine, and chassis all bear correct numbers for the original S, and they are original to the car.



More recently, the Miura has been restored in its SV configuration by noted marque specialist Colin Clarke Engineering. Suspension, steering, brakes, and hubs were all rebuilt to concours condition, and all components have been properly and correctly finished. An exhaustive overhauling of the wiring, dashboard instruments, supply lines, and tyres was undertaken, and the steering and suspension have all been laser-aligned. The body was beautifully refinished in the factory colour of Blu Notte, and it has black leather upholstery of the correct pattern and correct carpets. The Miura also has its original front windscreen and side glass, which remain in excellent condition. The SV conversion and recent restoration work undertaken has cost approximately £100,000.



This Miura is beautifully presented and ready for show. It is a rare configuration that has the highest possible performance and the most beautiful colours. It is as exciting today as it must have been for its original owner, “Rod the Mod”, back in 1971.






Moteur V12, 3 929 cm3, 370 ch, deux ACT par banc de cylindres, boîte manuelle cinq rapports, quatre roues indépendantes par triangles superposés, ressorts hélicoïdaux et barres antiroulis, freins à disques Girling sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 500 mm.



  • Version anglaise d'origine, conduite à droite
  • Livrée neuve à Rod Stewart, la rockstar légendaire
  • Restaurée par Colin Clarke selon les désirables spécifications SV




Même l'excellence peut être améliorée. Ainsi, en 1968, Lamborghini proposait sa Miura P400 S, dont le moteur doté d'une distribution modifiée développait plus de 370 ch et dont le châssis avait gagné en rigidité. Ce modèle était à son tour suivi par l'ultime Miura de série, la plus excitante, la P400 SV, dévoilée au Salon de Genève en 1971. Elle offrait des performances encore plus impressionnantes et un comportement amélioré, grâce notamment aux 385 ch de son moteur doté d'une lubrification séparée pour moteur et boîte, à son différentiel autobloquant et à sa suspension complètement revue. L'intérieur recevait une sellerie cuir. La voie arrière était augmentée de 13 cm et, pour laisser place aux jantes plus larges, les ailes arrière bénéficiaient d'extensions dans le style Dino. Et, donnant un peu plus d'agressivité à l'ensemble, les phares escamotables perdaient leurs « cils » au profit d'un entourage noir plus viril.



La SV atteignait une vitesse de pointe de 290 km/h, il n'est guère étonnant que de nombreux utilisateurs des premières versions de Miura aient choisi de modifier leur voiture pour adopter ces spécifications.



La P400 S que nous proposons ici est un exemplaire destiné à l'origine au Royaume-Uni et livré à son premier propriétaire par Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd., Alie Street, à Londres. Une copie du bon de livraison d'origine, qui accompagne la voiture, précise qu'il s'agit d'une conduite à droite équipée de l'air conditionné et de ceintures de sécurité.



La voiture a été livrée à l'origine à Rod Stewart, rockstar légendaire. Le dossier de la voiture comporte une copie des archives originales tenues par Derek Hopkins, de Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd., ainsi une copie d'une photo de la petite amie de Rod Stewart à l'époque, le modèle Dee Harrington, en compagnie de deux Miura, l'une d'elle étant une S portant l'immatriculation britannique originale de cette même voiture, JLL 831K.



La voiture est ensuite passée de Rod Stewart à la région du Wiltshire, le Kent, et Cambridge. En 1976, elle était cédée à Clive Hugo Nagel puis, en avril 1983, à Michael Baker, de Horley, avant que l'actuel propriétaire britannique n'en fasse l'acquisition et la garde pendant une vingtaine d'années. Ainsi, la chaîne des propriétaires de cette Miura est connue sans interruption depuis qu'elle a été vendue neuve.



Le présent propriétaire a choisi de modifier la voitures aux spécifications SV, avec les modifications de carrosserie avant et arrière, les améliorations de suspension et les feux arrière. Il est important de noter que le châssis, le moteur et le tablier sont d'origine et portent tous des numéros correspondant bien à une S.



Plus récemment, la voiture a été restaurée dans sa configuration SV par Colin Clarke Engineering, spécialiste reconnu de la marque. La suspension, la direction, les freins et les moyeux ont été restaurés en état concours, et tous les composants ont été remis en état de façon conforme. Le faisceau électrique, les instruments de tableau de bord et les différentes conduites ont été complètement révisés et les pneus ont été vérifiés. Le parallélisme de suspension et de direction a fait l'objet d'un contrôle au laser. La carrosserie a été magnifiquement repeinte dans la teinte d'usine Blu Notte, et l'intérieur présente une sellerie en cuir noir du bon modèle et des tapis conformes également. Le pare-brise et les vitres latérales de cette Miura sont en excellent état. La transformation SV et les travaux de restauration récents ont totalisé environ 100 000 £.



La présentation de cette Miura est superbe, prête pour être exposée. Elle offre une configuration rare qui permet les performances les plus élevées et les plus belles couleurs. Elle est aussi excitante aujourd'hui qu'elle doit l'avoir été pour son premier propriétaire, « Rod the Mod », en 1971.

Addendum

Please note that at the time of restoration the engine of this Lamborghini Miura was not upgraded to “SV” specification.

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