Auction Block: 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

Photo: Karissa Hosek | RM Sotheby's

The legendary Lamborghini Miura is a car to which few others can compare, be they classic, cutting-edge, or even conceptual. From its Bertone-designed bodywork to its transverse-mounted V12, everything about the vehicle is an exercise in automotive mastery.

And this particular example — a bare-metal 1971 P400 S — with its incredible backstory is certainly no exception. Originally purchased for a 19-year-old Berkeley student as a means to transfer money out of Iran, it was driven for two years before being involved in a minor collision. However, between the complexity of the design and the hand-shaping of the aluminum hood, repairs proved to be too difficult at the time, meaning it was sold and put away in storage for over 40 years. Then, in 2019, the current owner commissioned a painstaking repair, enlisting a team of experts to strip the car and fix the damaged front fender using period-correct parts. As if that wasn’t enough, though, it underwent a top-to-bottom mechanical overhaul, with service to the engine, the fuel system, and the cooling pumps. With less than 16,000 miles on the odometer, it’s no wonder that it could fetch as much as $2.2M.

Purchase: $1,800,000+

Photo: Karissa Hosek | RM Sotheby’s
Photo: Karissa Hosek | RM Sotheby’s
Photo: Karissa Hosek | RM Sotheby’s