Highly Original, Unrestored Lamborghini Miura P400 S to Star at RM Sotheby’s London Auction

Offered without reserve, this two-owner Miura last changed hands back in 1974. Could this be the last unrestored example with most of its original mechanicals untouched?

How much money do you think it will fetch?

Find on on October 24th at RM Sotheby's London auction.

Read the press release below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

 

LONDON (25 July 2019) – RM Sotheby’s is excited to present a unique opportunity to acquire a ‘time capsule’ 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S at its annual London sale, which will take place on the newly announced date of 24 October at the renowned Olympia event space in West Kensington.

The Lamborghini may well be one of the last remaining examples to be preserved in such original and completely unrestored condition, boasting original paint, trim and all mechanicals. The car comes to the London sale offered without reserve. This incredible car, chassis no. 4245, was sold to its first owner, advertising executive Walter Becker of Nürnberg, Germany in 1971. A wealthy socialite, the car remained in his hands until 1974 when it was sold to Hans-Peter Weber, who, along with his brother, were amateur racing drivers who competed regularly in Porsche 911s during the 1960s and 70s. In 1974, the brothers were keen to buy the ultimate supercar of the period and set about finding a Miura. On finding the ‘Giallo Flay’ yellow Miura P400 S in Nürnberg, they immediately purchased the car from the eccentric Becker, who seemingly had a large car collection and who sold them the car whilst wearing his silk bathrobe!

Hans-Peter Weber was delighted with his purchase and always kept the car in pristine condition, used only for special occasions. His nephew recalls: “We lived at the foot of the Schauinsland mountain in a very narrow valley. Whenever my uncle, Hans-Peter, arrived with his Miura, we could hear him minutes before as the sound of the engine was travelling fast.”

Mr. Weber enjoyed the yellow Miura as it was designed to be used, driving enthusiastically with friends, including a memorable trip to Italy. Hans-Peter Weber kept the car until he passed away in 2015, at which time it was in running condition. The car, which had been stored for four years in a friend’s barn, still retains its original Giallo Flay yellow paint, Skay Bleu blue interior, and original engine, which does not appear to have ever been rebuilt. It also has the original German title from 1971, its original service book, as well as many period documents, invoices and the original correspondence with the Lamborghini factory.

The only changes made to the car during its life were two front indicators and Schroth harness seat belts. The car is in every respect a wonderfully preserved piece of automotive history, the like of which rarely comes to market these days (Est. £800.000 - £1.000.000, offered without reserve).

Maarten ten Holder, Executive VP & Head of RM Sotheby’s Europe, comments: “It’s a rare honour to be able to offer a car as significant as a Miura P400 S in this kind of unrestored, original condition. 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. With new dates also announced for our 13th London sale, we are delighted to have this car as an early star lot and we are confident it will attract interest from around the globe.”

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/30/19 2:41 p.m.

That will sell well. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
7/30/19 3:20 p.m.

Just watch out for bulldozers!

spacecadet
spacecadet Dork
7/30/19 3:40 p.m.

What did the last one sell for? This has to be a $1million+ car no? 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/30/19 3:49 p.m.

In reply to spacecadet :

Oh, absolutely. I'm calling it at $2,000,000 USD. 

Woody
Woody MegaDork
7/30/19 4:35 p.m.

I'm in for $1800.

spacecadet
spacecadet Dork
7/30/19 5:09 p.m.

In reply to Jordan Rimpela :

Makes sense... The pound is weak so I'll bet 1.5 million after reading the material a bit more. 

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
7/30/19 9:10 p.m.

They are currently in the 1 million plus area.

Being the featured car at pebble beach in 2016 helped them a lot as well.

Absolutely gorgeous cars.

GLK
GLK New Reader
7/30/19 10:36 p.m.

The Miura P400 S is my favorite car of all time. I know the SV is better but, what can I say? I love the eyelashes! Love the back story, love the looks, the avant-garde (for its time) engine configuration, the sound, the way it looks with the front and rear, and doors opened up. That car has hit all my hot buttons since I saw a Miura on the cover of Road & Track in 1971. Jumped out of my seat when it appeared in the opening scene of The Italian Job. I still have the magazine and the movie, and Joe Sackey’s coffee table book, The Miura Bible. Only a Miura can make a yellow car with a blue interior be the coolest thing ever. I may never own one or a Frank Lloyd Wright house either. But I’m glad they exist nonetheless. They are in my estimation the stuff dreams are made of.

GLK
GLK New Reader
7/30/19 10:59 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
7/30/19 11:06 p.m.

That color is perfect.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/31/19 8:06 a.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

Absolutely. I want to frame these pictures and put them up in my office. Something about the yellow with blue that's deeply striking.

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
7/31/19 10:43 a.m.

RM generally has amazing photography. Their auction catalogs are better quality than most coffee table books.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/31/19 10:48 a.m.
ShawnG said:

RM generally has amazing photography. Their auction catalogs are better quality than most coffee table books.

I know what I'm collecting at Monterey this year...

GLK
GLK New Reader
7/31/19 9:27 p.m.

In reply to ShawnG :

Have you ever seen the Miura in Verde Chartreuse w/Electric Blue interior? It’s absolutely stunning in its eccentricity.

ShawnG
ShawnG PowerDork
7/31/19 11:04 p.m.

In reply to GLK :

I could have...

The Miura was one of the featured cars when I was at Pebble Beach in 2016. Unfortunately, everything I remember about that week sort of runs together and only a few cars really stand out in my mind because there was so much stuff going on.

I was there for work so most of my focus was taken up with researching and evaluating a few cars we were sent to purchase.

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