In 1964 Ferruccio Lamborghini started challenging Ferrari with its 350GT, but it was the arrival of the timeless Miura in 1966 which established the company as a major manufacturer for sports cars. The genesis of the project was first disclosed to public as a rolling chassis during the Torino Motor Show in 1965. The following year, the Miura made a dramatic entrance at the Geneva Motor Show boasting a revolutionary coachwork drawn by young prodigy Marcello Gandini for Bertone. Mechanically, the car’s technical specification was breathtaking in its sophistication and complexity. Designed by Gianpaolo Dallara, the Miura carried its transversely mounted 350 bhp engine amidships in a box-section platform chassis.
Very few cars managed to change the course of automotive history the way the Miura did. This legendary car set the automobile down a new course of style and performance.
The Lamborghini Miura we are offering here is a P400 version, the purest shape of the model. Chassis number 3420 – with matching engine 1802 – left the production line on 28th March 1968 and was supplied new via Grand Garage des Nations in Switzerland to a certain Mr Del Amo. During its early days the car was crashed and written off. Subsequently Mr Del Amo was given a new car by the factory on 27th September 1968.
In order to avoid tax issues, the factory reassigned the new car with the initial identity of the car, chassis 3420 and engine 1802, proven by period factory records. The original colour combination of the car was Bianco (white) with Senape (mustard) interior.
In its early years 3420 passed through Germany, as evidenced by a complementary chassis plate which was then required upon registering a foreign car in the country. During the late 80s the car was purchased and imported by Seaside Garage in Japan, who were back then renowned for having brought a great number of Lamborghini’s in the country. At this stage 3420 underwent a light restoration and was repainted white with beige leather hide. It was then sold to the world-famous Matsuda collection in Tokyo.
In 1994 Yoshiho Matsuda decided to re-focus on Ferrari and Porsche only for his museum and finally decided to sell pretty much everything which didn’t show a prancing horse on the badge, and this naturally included Miura 3420. Symbolic Motorcars acquired the car for stock that same year and sold it to another Californian dealer where it remained until early 1996. It was subsequently purchased by Thierry De Mascureau, a Californian-established entrepreneur and classic car enthusiast from France.
At this stage 3420 was showing 16,240 km on the clock and De Mascureau decided to have the car re-pained back to its original Rosso Miura Acrilico colour by specialists Avio Coach Craft in Los Angeles. The following year De Mascureau showed the car at the 1997 Concorso Italiano at the Pebble Beach concours where it won a glorious first in class. Until the early 2000s the car was very well taken care of including several services at Ferrari of Anaheim. By 2004 De Mascureau decided to move back to France and bring all his cars along. 3420 was then registered on French plates ‘512 BFX 06’ and showing 17,396 km on the clock. The car was at a later staged showed at the Palais Princier de Monaco and remained in De Mascureau’s ownership until 2011, totalling 15 years in his hands. All original invoices and service records from his ownership are present in the file.
In 2011 the car was sold to the current owner via a German dealer. At that time, further service work was performed by Lamborghini specialists P3 Automobiles in Cannes and Formula GT in Munich. In the last 8 years, the owner of 3420 drove it sparingly and had it regularly maintained by a German Lamborghini specialist.
Today, the Miura shows 19832 km, is very well sorted and elegantly presented throughout. The car is accompanied with an important service history file including 45 original invoices and detailed records from the last 25 years and is ready for immediate enjoyment. Chassis 3420 is an exceedingly original Miura, boasting all original body numbers and original mechanical components.
German registration documents.
Photos: Stephan Bauer for Auxietre & Schmidt