Who would’ve thought a stripped-to-metal ’71 Lamborghini Miura would look this good

It’s going up for auction
by Greg Potts | Aug 14, 2021
PHOTO: RM Sotheby’s via TopGear.com
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Crikey, for somewhere between $1.8million and $2.2million (P91 and P111 million) you’d have thought they’d at least paint it.

Then again, doesn’t this 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400S just look absolutely glorious in its naked state? Plus, it’s got us talking about it. Drat—we fell right into the current seller’s trap. Ah well.

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There’s a reason for the lack of color, of course. This particular P400S was holed up in a California warehouse for over four decades before the current owner picked it up in 2019, at which point it had less than 25,700km on the clock but a rather nasty bit of damage up front.

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Its history file shows that most of those kilometers were put on it by a 19-year-old Iranian student who was studying at the University of California, Berkeley in the ’70s. Bit better than inheriting your mum’s Ford Ka, isn’t it?

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The P400S, of course, was the lightly updated Miura with its mid-mounted 4.0-liter V12 making around 20hp more than the ‘standard’ P400. Thankfully it kept those glorious eyelashes that were later ditched for the SV too.

The current owner—who is selling the car at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction this weekend—gave the Miura a complete mechanical and cosmetic overhaul upon buying it, and they’ve kindly left the decision on paint up to you (if you’ve got a spare P140 million to win the bidding, that is).

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What would you do, Internet? Paint it in its original Gray-White colour? Go for something completely different? Or just leave it bare and enjoy the most unique Miura on the planet?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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PHOTO: RM Sotheby’s via TopGear.com
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