This Lamborghini Miura Was Restored by a Legendary Ex-Factory Test Driver

Jan 17, 2022

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The Lamborghini Miura has one of the more interesting histories of any vintage supercar in recent times. Originally sold new for around $20,000 — roughly $160,000 today with inflation — the Miura was only fetching for around $70,000 to $80,000 on the resale market at the turn of the millennium. However, over the subsequent two decades, the Italian-built original supercar has gone from a cult collector’s car to a wildly exorbitant automotive icon that now commands prices well into the millions.

As a result, any time a clean surviving example of one of the P400-spec models pops up for sale, it more than piques our interest. And such is the case with this immaculate 1968 example that just surfaced for sale in Michigan. A late production “thick chassis” model, this Miura was originally sold new in Switzerland wearing a “Bleu Miura” livery over a “Gobi” (e.i. tan) interior. One of only 275 P400 examples ever to leave the factory, this ’68 specimen was treated to a multi-year restoration at the Lamborghini factory — more specifically, at the exotic automaker’s Centro Restauro division within its elite Customer Service Department.

This process was not only extensively documented, but it was also carried out by legendary Lambo wrench and ex-Lamborghini factory test driver Valentino Balboni, who was handpicked to carry out the three-year refurbishment. In 2013, the car then went to auction where it traded hands for a third time. Powered by a refreshed rear-mounted 60° V12, the Miura now wears a Bleu Notte paint scheme — another original factory color.

Sporting Chassis No. 3739, this 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 is currently on offer through Grosse Pointe, Michigan’s newly-launched classics and exotics dealer Collectors Garage with an asking price of $1,750,000.

Purchase: $1,750,000

Photo: Collectors Garage
Photo: Collectors Garage
Photo: Collectors Garage

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