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Chassis No.
4542
Engine No.
30505
Price:
Price on request
  • Never restored, presented as delivered in Rosso Corsa with original Nero vinyl and Senape velour interior
  • A well-sorted and fine-driving Miura for immediate enjoyment, carefully maintained by one family for over four decades
  • With ventilated discs from new, matching numbers and an extensive history file
 
Highly original, single family ownership since 1977

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

Coachwork by Bertone

 

“It’s the fastest car we’ve ever driven on the road, at 168mph. There are others – the new Aston Martin DBSV8, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 – that will give it some competition, but until we’ve driven these, we give it the honour of Fastest on the Road”Road & Track’s first test of a Miura P400 S in April 1970

The definitive supercar of the Sixties, the Miura needs little introduction and today remains the original supercar, the motoring landmark that set the template and inspired all Latin exotica that followed. It is frequently voted ‘sexiest car of all time’.

This 1970 Miura P400 S is almost unique. Having been first delivered via Swiss agent Foitek in May 1970, it was bought by our client’s father on 16 December 1977 with just 9,800km on the odometer.

After completing just a further c. 9,000km, never restored yet carefully maintained with matching numbers and – importantly – still having its charismatic Skay Nero/Senape interior, it is one of the most original cars we have ever presented.

The Lamborghini P400 S

The Miura P400 that made its debut at Geneva in 1966 was an immediate hit, but early cars were very much ‘works in progress’. The factory found that constant improvements and revisions needed to be made to both productionise the car as well as make it more user-friendly, and in late 1968 Lamborghini offered an updated version, the 'S', for spinto, or tuned, which appeared at the Turin Show.

The P400 S addressed the original Miura's shortcomings, principally those of handling, build quality and cockpit comfort. It had new Pirelli tyres and later in production the P400 S received ventilated brakes. Inside, electric windows replaced wind-ups, the carpets and (optional) leather interior were upgraded, some switchgear was redesigned and there was a large passenger grab handle and new glovebox lid.

Most Miuras were still delivered with vinyl imitation leather (‘Skay’) upholstery, usually with velour panels in mustard, grey or navy.  A P400 S can be recognised by its chrome window surrounds and ‘S’ badge on the boot.

Production of the P400 S ran to 338 examples, from November 1968 to early 1971.

This Motor Car

Miura P400 S chassis 4542 was invoiced to Swiss Lamborghini agent Garage Foitek on 14 April 1970. The copy of the factory invoice that accompanies the car declares ‘4542’ was equipped with engine number 30505 and, as a late-series P400 S, it was supplied with desirable ventilated discs. The fattura for 6,581,125 lire states the car was finished in Rosso Corsa with Senape.

 

Bertone – who actually built, painted and trimmed the cars prior to final assembly in Sant’Agata, and produces the most definitive records – lists chassis 4542 as Rosso Corsa with Beige and Nero. It was a combination of the vibrant racing colour of Italy paired with a classic Miura interior of black leatherette lightened by seat panels in Senape, a mustard-beige velour.

Incredibly, together with original engine ‘30505’, the car bears this interior and, quite possibly, much of its first paint today.

As country distributor, Garage Foitek subsequently sold ‘4542’ to Grand Garage des Nations of Geneva, to whom on 12 May 1970 it issued invoice 661 for 46,800 CHF. Nothing further is known about the car until our client’s father bought it in 1977, when he was told it was a ‘one owner car’. A receipt from Marcel Willemin’s Garage du Bout du Monde in Geneva dated 16 December 1977 confirms the price paid was 42,000 CHF and distance covered at that time was 9,800km.

Its new owner – a trained engineer, who knew how to look after a high-performance car – was an organised man and immediately began a diary of routine maintenance of his new acquisition, which he kept it until 1991. By August 1983 the car had completed 11,400km; at October 1986 12,129km; October 1989 12,318km. In August 1991 the oil was changed once again – to his preferred brand Agip SINT 2000 – and the odometer read 12,353km.

In recent years, chassis 4542 has been in the care of French sports car specialist FB Motors of Saint-Jeoire, just over the border from Geneva and well-versed in maintaining and restoring Miuras (they tend our client’s other, orange car). The car has always been regularly serviced – however low the mileage – and copies of invoices from FB record the following annual odometer readings:

 

  • 19 April 2011 yearly service, 13,207km
  • 16 November 2011 yearly service, 13,894km
  • 10 February 2012, spare parts only
  • 28 May 2014 yearly service, 16,020km
  • 21 September 2015 yearly service, 16,563km
  • 28 July 2016 yearly service, 16,891km
  • 7 August 2017 yearly service, 17,942km
  • 13 October 2017 yearly service, 18,016km
  • 27 July 2018 clutch overhaul, two new tyres, 18,147km

 

All the while, the car has been lovingly preserved in its original condition and a recent drive in it impressed us. It felt one of the top five Miuras we have driven. Here was a genuine ‘time warp’ example, carefully maintained, never restored and feeling as good as when it first crossed into Switzerland via Ponte Tresa on 20 April 1970. We have rarely handled such an unspoilt car in totally correct driving condition before, a testament to the decades spent in one family’s careful ownership. For those searching for the ‘right Miura’, the waiting is over.

 
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