One of only four produced in Blu Spettrale Metallizzatto
- Dieter Quester provenance
- 59,628KMs (37,051 miles)
- Engine #30549
- Prod. #553, July 30, 1970
The fabulous and highly collectible Lamborghini Miura began production in 1966 and ran through 1973. The Miura was considered to be the first “Supercar” (as coined by legendary automotive writer, the late L.J.K. Setright) with its ground breaking wedge shaped design, transversely mounted V12 engine and Bertone’s styling touches which to this day continue to draw superlatives.
Second among the Miura series is the P400S (or simply “S”) model was introduced at the 1968 Turin Motor Show. The Miura S featured some slight revisions from the original P400 with the addition of the famous “eyelashes” which are actually strakes to fill in the void around the raised headlamps, chrome trim around the windows and headlights, new overhead inline console and new rocker switches. The V12 engine benefitted from the intake manifolds being made 2mm larger, revised camshaft profiles and carburation improvements that provided an extra 20BHP for 370BHP at 7700RPM. The Miura S further received revised suspension geometry and latterly properly ventilated discs for the brakes.
Further modifications featured on the Miura S were more ergonomic in nature in the cabin including a locking glove box lid, revised position for the cigarette lighter and windshield wiper switch and single activation release handles for the front and rear body sections. Power windows and factory air conditioning were also added all of which increased the MSRP of the Miura S by about $800.00.
Lamborghini produced the Miura S model between December 1968 and March 1971 when it was replaced by the SV model. Celebrity owners of Miura S models included legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist for the mega group Van Halen.
This example, #4629, is a relatively late example of the S model having been completed in July of 1970 and comes complete with desirable factory vented disc brakes and air conditioning.
The car was originally delivered to the legendary Austrian sports and touring car driver Dieter Quester. Quester was better known throughout his long career as a BMW driver, taking part in 53 24-hour races highlighted by GT Class victory in the 1973 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toine Hezemans in a BMW 3.0 CSL.
The Miura S is in near perfect cosmetic condition, the striking original Blu Spettrale Metallizzatostill presents extremely well. The Miura was in Japan for many years before being imported to California in 2007. It has been sympathetically restored with original factory exterior finish and interior colors. The car was fitted with 9” SV rear wheels giving the car a more aggressive stance and it is a matching numbers example.
Overall, the paint, interior and engine are in remarkable original condition. The paint shows very few blemishes, panel fit is tight and body work is straight. The chrome is original to the car and very nice. The interior is very clean and original. The seats have been redone in correct black leather with the remainder of the upholstery such as the headliner, dashboard, center console and door panels appear very original and well maintained.
Bearing the attributes of an extremely well preserved and unrestored car, the Miura S still draws superlatives as it has appeared in important events such as the 2019 Miami Concours where it was one of the more popular cars among a stellar field of hand-picked collectible cars on display.
In the market, the legendary Miuras have been performing consistently well and continue to live up to their hype fifty years after their introduction. The Miura is truly a car which has withstood the test of time and one of the motoring world’s most important achievements, the remarkable Miura still commands strong market value with no let-up in sight and they remain a solid investment level and highly desirable automobile.
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