It's believed to be one of the last examples in original and unrestored condition.
A few months ago, we reported on an incredible barn find. A rare Lamborghini Miura P400 S was miraculously discovered in a German barn where it had been left gathering dust for four years. What made it so special, however, is that it was believed to be one of the last remaining examples that's still in original and completely unrestored condition, making it a true time capsule.
Last week, the all-original Miura P400 S recently went under the hammer at RM Sotheby's auction in London, where it sold for an eye-watering £1.24 million ($1.59 million), exceeding pre-auction estimates. It was originally expected to sell for between £800,000 and £1 million ($965,000 - $1.2 million).
Since it rolled out of the factory in 1969, the iconic mid-engined supercar only had two previous owners. Before the auction, its previous owner was an amateur racing driver who bought it back in 1974 before the car was stored in the German barn in 2005 after his death. It also only has 10,032 miles on the clock and is still finished in its original Giallo Flay yellow paint with a Skay Bleu blue interior. Likewise, the Miura P400 S retains its original 3.9-liter V12 engine.
Despite never being restored, the Miura is still in pristine condition, apart from the thick layers of dust it accumulated over the years while sat in the barn. Only around 338 Mirua S models were ever built, and now someone is the proud owner of one of the most immaculate examples in the world.
At the same auction, a restored 1985 Lancia Delta S4 rally car, one of only four Delta S4s to have won a World Rally Championship event, sold for £764,375 ($982,798). "We are delighted to have witnessed a highly successful auction at this year's new Olympia location in London, proving that the classic car market is still strong for both buyers and sellers, with a strong sell-through ratio at 72 percent," said Will Smith, Auction Manager at RM Sotheby's London.
"The varied selection of excellent cars on offer in this year's auction is surely one of the most important contributing factors that made it a triumph, with everything from iconic motorsport greats to timeless performance cars for the road. The Lamborghini Miura sold well thanks to its exclusivity and rarity, and we are proud to have played host to the sale of the car as it changes hands for the first time in over 40 years."