Avid car collector finds rare 1969 Lamborghini Miura S in a barn

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 21, 2015

It takes a lot of luck and perseverance to find a car as legendary as the Lamborghini Miura S. In that case, lady luck must be smiling down on car collector John Temerian. Temerian, who sits as President of the company Lou La Vie, chanced upon a near-mint condition Lamborghini Miura S after he responded to an ad selling an old Lamborghini.

The exec has had a life-long affinity with the Miura S, with his family owning at least 10 units of the Lamborghini Miura SV. According to Temerian, he responded to the advertisement when he saw the serial number.

The ad showed the Lamborghini in a barn but did not mention a model name. However, Temerian claimed to have memorized the serial numbers for each and every Miura S that has been produced by Lamborghini way back in the 1970s.

When he saw the serial number #3802, he trusted his guts and immediately paid for the car without even seeing it for himself first. Signing a bill of sale and depositing cash without even confirming the existence of the car was a big risk but it paid off for the Lou La Vie President, who also owns a 1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster, circa 1972.

After making the deposit, Temerian immediately booked a flight to New York City. It took him another hour to drive to the rural portions outside of NYC. After the long journey, he finally came face-to-face with the nameless Lamborghini that he had invested money in.

Housed in a dirty old barn amidst vast fields of corn and unused mills was an authentic Lamborghini Miura S, just as he had hoped. Underneath the accumulated dirt and dust from over 20 years of storage, the car still retained its original Pirelli tires and original paint!

Temerian may have also unearthed more than he had hoped for by responding to an online ad, with his gut instinct triggered by the serial number. This is because he may have hit the jackpot with the Miura S that he found.

It may be the first or second model that rolled out of Lamborghini’s plant more than 40 years ago. Temerian’s extraordinary find is now on display at Pininfarina’s Art Basel Miami Beach event. The Miura S is a perfect specimen of what constitutes a legendary car.

Despite the line being more than 40 years old, the name retains up until now the admiration that it elicited from car enthusiasts the day it rolled out of the manufacturing plant. Only a few cars are able to achieve that status, much less hold it for 40 years.

The Lamborghini Miura’s history is coated in nothing but success. The car successfully catapulted Lamborghini to be on equal footing with Ferrari, the top super car maker at that time. In fact, the Miura S was revolutionary in its own way, as Lamborghini’s rivals had to scramble to come up with their own innovations to match the company’s breakthrough with the mid-engined coupe.

Lamborghini, then an upstart in the super car industry, debuted what would become a legend in the super automobile circles in 1965, at the Turin car show. At that time, only a rolling chassis was revealed to the public. It would not be until 1966 that the full model would be unveiled in Geneva. The coachwork for the production model Miura S continues to be regarded as stylist Bertone’s best work.

The first batch of Miuras began rolling out in 1967. This batch would later on be given the designation P400. Its specifications included a 3929cc V12 engine, capable of delivering 350 horsepower.

The P400 was equipped with a 5-speed gearbox. The P400’s transmission, most remarkably, was fed from the same oil supply that lubricated the V12 engine. Lamborghini limited its production of the P400 to 474 units.

The company rolled out roughly 100 cars that had a thinner gauge steel, and thus were lighter than the later P400’s. By 1969, Lamborghini improved on the P400’s design and released the Miura S, the model that Temerian had bought from a barn outside of New York City.

The Miura S featured a more powerful engine than the initial P400, with a horsepower rating of 370. It was fitted with Pirelli tires, and had air-conditioning in the interior. The Miura S also sported a console that the driver can access from overhead. Lamborghini only produced 140 Miura S units.

Lamborghini closed out the Miura model line with the Miura SV. With only 120 units ever put out to the market, Lamborghini designed the Miura SV with a wider rear portion in order to accommodate tires of a larger size. As an upgrade, the Miura SV featured a 385-hp engine.

Unlike its predecessors, the SV lacked the trademark eyebrows on the headlights. The Miura SV is also the first Miura not to feature a shared oil supply for the engine and transmission. As a side note, there was also a factory special edition of the Miura called the Jota.

Only five of these were built. Forty years past its introduction, the Miura line of cars is now a highly sought item among vintage car collectors. It continues to impress car aficionados with its 170 mph top speed. It also has the capability of dashing from 0 to 60 mph in 5-6 seconds, a feat that is impressive even at this time.

Source: DuPont Registry

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