1969 Lamborghini Miura S – One of the most interesting Miuras of all times goes on auction
Lamborghini Miura, a sports car that is widely considered to have begun the trend of high performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports car, and was the fastest production car available at its launch back in 1996, was originally conceived by Lamborghini’s engineering team, who designed the car in their spare time against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who preferred powerful yet sedate grand touring cars. As Lamborghini’s flagship car, the Miura received periodic updates throughout its life and remained in production until 1972. And in the process of evolution and improvement, the ‘S’ for Spirito, or tuned version boasting 370bhp, revised tires, electric windows and stiffer chassis, appeared back in 1968. Now, one of just 140 Lamborghini Miura S ever produced, the rarest, most interesting and revered Miura variant car with chassis 3829, the 1969 The Aristotle Onassis – Stamatis Kokotas Lamborghini Miura S is being offered for sale by auctioneer Coys. Also, we have earlier about the sale of Lamborghini’s one-off Miura Roadster, the car that never made to production due to stress-tolerance difficulties in its windshield design.
Historically, the car was given as a gift back in 1970s from Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis to his friend and famous Greek singer of those times, Stamatis Kokotas, who was also the connoisseur of sports cars and an accomplished rally driver.
Kokotas drove the car in early 1970s and 2-years later suffered an engine problem which was then removed from the vehicle and returned to Italian automaker’s factory for repair. The engine-less car was then stored in a garage, and the engine was at the Lamborghini factory since it was removed back in 1972. Now, this re-conditioned engine, not-installed in the car, accompanies the car at the auction block after an absence of 40 years.
Expected to fetch a price between $515,150 and $595,670, the car also boasts some exclusive features, and comes finished in a period shade of metallic brown color and has interiors in good order.