Each one of us has a hobby or a passion for something as simple as a coin or as expensive as a car. Muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods, classic cars are all great candidates for a “crush”. This feeling can not be explained rationally and that’s why around the world there are many people who choose to spend small fortunes in order to fulfill their dreams by purchasing rare and exotic classic cars. Maybe for some of us this passion can not be understood, but the real car lovers know that if you fall in love with a car brand, money are the last thing on your mind (of course if you’re a rich guy).
One of these rich guys was part of the recent 2011 Amelia Island d’Elegance auction and had the opportunity to fulfill his dream by buying the amazing 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype. Even if the auction hosted impressive classic cars such as a 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Coupe and some amazing Mercedes-Benz models, this lucky guy choose the Lamborghini Miura. And honestly, I can completely understand him. Just take a look at that beauty.
This yellow 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 is fully restored and won the third place at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. What can I say? A winner car! The Miura P400 SV Prototype was revealed for the first time at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and after the show it was sold to an Italian customer. The car was driven just a few kilometers on Italian soil and then was taken to Germany. Years later, due to some lucky circumstances this amazing classic car was purchased by the American Wayne Obry Motion Products Company that carefully restored the entire car and its former glory in the process.
When it comes to the exterior look, the Miura has a very low nose dominated by two grills that release the hot air from the radiator while the front end impresses with its two front wheel arches. The original chassis used on the 1971 Miura P400 SV Prototype is the 4758 chassis.
The restoration affected the chassis, the ventilated brakes while the rear suspension was revised and the cooling system for the engine was improved. The Miura P400 is equipped with a 3.9 liters V12 engine which produces 415 horsepower and has a five speed manual gearbox. All these improvements make it possible for this amazing car to go from zero to 60 mph in almost 7 seconds despite its age. The maximum speed isn’t less impressive either, because 186 mph seems like a fair number for me.
Actually, this prototype was the starting point of many successful versions of the Miura that were based on the chassis used for this prototype. That says something about the quality of Gandini’s work, because that is the designer who had the idea that produced this chassis. The later versions were improved when it came to performance, because they were equipped with more powerful engines. In fact, many consider that all these versions made it possible for the Lamborghini Company to be actually close to manufacturing a race car for daily use on roads and highways.
This Lamborghini auction was exciting for all the bidders that were part of it and for the Goodin&Co Auctions was a real success. The 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype was a top selling car of the event, because it was sold for no more and no less than $1,700,000. Impressive price tag! But this supercar is worth every penny!