2021 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400
Coachwork by Bertone
$1,400,000 - $1,800,000
Magnificent Restoration by Carrozzerria Cairati to Factory Specifications
Lamborghini Polo Storico Certified; Retains Matching-Numbers Engine and Body Panels
Not Displayed or Judged Since Restoration; An Ideal Candidate for Prestigious Concours
Offered with Restoration Records, Factory Build Sheets, Manuals, Tools, and Literature
Among the Finest Examples of Its Type; A Miura for the Perfectionist Collector
Four Weber 40IDL Carburetors
350 BHP at 7,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Girling Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Double-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
Grand Garage des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (acquired new in 1968)Andrew J. Vos, Johannesburg, South Africa (acquired in 1975)Marco Garbero, Johannesburg, South Africa (acquired from the above in 1986)Sibylle Beatrix Eleonore Vogel, Landsberg, Germany (acquired from the above in 1994)Gianni Beltrami, Alessandria, Italy (acquired in 1997)Joe Macari, London, England (acquired from the above in 2013)Garage Vandenberghe, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium (acquired in 2015)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2016)
Lamborghini Miura 40th Anniversary, Sant’Agata, Italy, 2006
The Miura presented here, chassis 3378, is a magnificently restored example of the original P400 model, the purest version of Lamborghini’s groundbreaking supercar. Bearing production no. 147 and engine no. 1739, this Miura was originally finished in vibrant Rosso Miura (Miura Red) over black vinyl upholstery – the same color scheme seen on the first P400, which debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
According to factory records, 3378 was completed in February 1968 and shipped directly to Grand Garage des Nations, the dealer in Geneva, Switzerland. The subsequent ownership history is well documented: The P400 was kept by two owners in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1975 until 1994, when it returned to Europe. It then passed among owners in Germany, Italy, England, and Belgium through 2016. While owned by Gianni Beltrami of Alessandria, Italy, 3378 took part in the Miura 40th anniversary event held at Sant’Agata in 2006. There, it was driven by famed test driver Valentino Balboni, as featured in the pages of Car magazine.
The current owner, a California-based collector who has owned several high-quality Miuras, acquired 3378 following a lengthy search for an ideal candidate. He enjoyed the P400 as an occasional driver for two years and then, in 2018, commissioned Carrozzerria Cairati in Milan, to perform a ground-up, concours-quality restoration. The consignor selected Cairati because of its previous involvement in significant restorations (including Gian Paolo Dallara’s personal P400 and the one-off SVR), its contacts with the Lamborghini factory and original contractors, as well as its in-house expertise with the Miura’s mechanical systems.
This restoration, undertaken in collaboration with Lamborghini Polo Storico, was carried out with the directive to return 3378 to exact factory specifications, using original parts and materials wherever possible. Upon its arrival in Italy, the Miura was completely disassembled and documented, and a comprehensive restoration plan was devised.
The first step was to send 3378 to Marchesi in Modena – Lamborghini’s chassis supplier – for inspection and repairs using the original Miura frame jigs and tools. Once prepared, it was subjected to cataphoresis anticorrosion treatment, an important process considering the Miura’s complex construction. The bodywork was carefully prepared, assembled to ensure proper fit, and refinished in Rosso Miura, using period-correct single-stage paint. The interior was also meticulously restored using Cairati’s proprietary materials, custom-tailored to replicate the original factory specifications, including color, weight, texture, and sheen.
With work on the chassis and body underway, the Miura’s mechanical components were subject to a complete restoration. The engine was rebuilt, balanced, blueprinted, and subjected to two days of break-in and dyno testing before installation. The cylinder heads were also updated to accept valve seals, addressing an inherent flaw in the original design. Additionally, the transmission and differential components were rebuilt, a new wiring loom was fabricated to exact specifications, and the suspension was restored using special-ordered shock absorbers painted to look like the original Armstrong units.
After final assembly, the Miura was subjected to extensive road testing on public and closed roads between Milan and Como. The testing was carried out by Massimo Cairati, a professional racing driver. He tested 3378 at speeds over 150 mph, confirming its suspension settings and overall performance capabilities. Before returning to California in October 2020, 3378 was inspected by Lamborghini Polo Storico and received a “clean sheet” certification book, verifying its matching-numbers engine and body panels. Today, the Miura appears impeccable in all respects and is accurately presented, down to the chalk-marked production number, “In Rodaggio” decal, Fiamm horns, and Pirelli Cinturato tires.
Consistent with its exceptional presentation, 3378 is accompanied by its Polo Storico certification book, complete copies of the Lamborghini build sheets and internal records, tool roll, jack kit, sales literature, period key fob, parts catalogue, as well as owner’s and “uso e manutenzione” manuals. Also included are extensive records, including invoices, photos, and videos taken throughout the restoration and testing process.
Presented in concours-ready condition and mechanically “on the button,” 3378 is surely among the finest restored P400s in existence – a Miura fit for the perfectionist. Since its restoration was completed, 3378 has not been entered into any concours, tour, or museum display, providing its new owner with an exciting opportunity to debut this exquisitely restored Miura in judged competition.
A Polo Storico-certified P400 Miura, faithfully restored by one of the leading Italian specialists and presented in its definitive, factory-delivered color scheme, complete with proper tools, books, and accessories, 3378 checks all the boxes for discerning collectors.
*Please note that this vehicle is titled as P400XN147.