A Lamborghini Miura This Original Deserves More Than Just A Second Glance
The term ‘barn find’ has become a rather hackneyed expression to describe the discovery of a desirable classic car in someone’s backyard, and even though this Giallo Yellow Lamborghini Miura was in just such a lean-to until recently, it hadn’t been languishing there for decades but had been parked there in 2015, when its owner amateur racing driver Hans-Peter Weber had passed away.
Being a later 1969 P400S, it features a slightly more powerful 370hp version of the 3.9-liter V12 that debuted in the P400 three years earlier and also has a number of additional creature comforts such as power windows and interior trim improvements.
Chassis 4245 was originally sold to advertising exec Walter Becker back in 1971 and three years later was bought by Hans-Peter Weber, who kept it until 2015. While this may not be strictly speaking one of those long-forgotten barn finds left in an untouched as-new condition, the P400S is extremely original and save for a set of racing seatbelts and modified front indicators, is as the factory intended. It currently shows 29,020 km (18,137 miles) on its odometer, which averages out to just 362 miles traveled for each of its 50 years.
This car will be one of the star lots at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s sale taking place in London on October 24. Executive vice president and head of RM Sotheby’s Europe, Maarten ten Holder considers this Miura a special offering even amongst some very special vehicles: “Any Miura S is rare and desirable in its own right, but the car we are selling in London is an opportunity that would be very hard to repeat. I think it’s fair to say that for many collectors an original Miura such as this is the ultimate prize.” And the value of the ultimate prize? An estimated $1.2-million.
Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s