There’s no question that the Lamborghini Miura is one of the most impactful automobiles in history. It was the first supercar and even today it’s easy to see the influence it continues to have on the genre. In fact, it’s such a special car that even after a history that’s included a Chevy V8 swap, this particular example should go over the auction block for more than seven figures.
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The Miura set the bar for supercars by not just being utterly stunning and beautiful but also by being technologically ahead of its time. Unlike other high-end sports cars of the day it utilized a transversely-mounted mid-engine layout. That sonorous V12 engine was designed by Gioto Bizzarrini, a former Ferrari engineer. The chassis of the Miura was designed by Gian Palo Dallara, and the body itself was penned by Marcello Gandini. That’s an incredible trifecta.
For Real, Someone Put A Chevy V8 Into A Miura
The Lamborghini seen here rolled off of the production line on March 4th, 1968 before traveling to a dealer in Milan. During that time, one of the owners of the car had the bright idea of dropping a Chevrolet-sourced V8 into the car together with a ZF transaxle, which are believed to have relieved from an unfortunate De Tomaso Mangusta.
Sometime in 2015, the current owner of this 1968 Miura obtained the car and went to the painstaking trouble of a full restoration. That included throwing the GM V8 and installing a correct specification Miura P400 drivetrain. It also meant a full repaint and interior restoration and to look at the car today, you’d never know it was anything but original. The exterior features Verde Miura paint and the cabin complements the body with Blue trim.
This is also one of the earliest “thick chassis” P400 Miuras. These cars had unique chassis modifications intended to improve stiffness and handling. The odometer shows 82,820 Km (51,461 miles) though there’s no clarification about whether or not that figure is correct.
RM Sotheby’s has a guidance price of anywhere from $1,400,000 to $1,650,000. The pristine Miura goes over the block on September 9th in St. Moritz, Switzerland. That’s quite a chunk of change but with this many miles, it’s a car that can be driven and enjoyed without much concern for losing value (so long as it’s not wrecked and it doesn’t spontaneously combust). That can’t be said of many cars in this sort of price range.