Decision in Scottsdale: Which Miura?

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Profile

When you’re buying, you want an auction catalog that is mostly uninteresting. Lot after lot of uninspiring cars won’t draw the crowds so you can hope you won’t have much competition when that one special lot comes to the stage. Next weekend’s Gooding auction at Scottsdale is not the auction for that kind of buyer. This is one for the seller; or the buyer that thrives on the competition of outbidding all comers. A marvelous collection of cars. So marvelous, that it leaves us with some decisions to make while we pretend we’re hundred-millionaires.

Like this one: which of the two Lamborghini Miuras on offer should we go home with?

1969 Lamborghinhi Miura S1969 Lamborghinhi Miura S1969 Lamborghinhi Miura S

Both are S models. So no immediate disqualifiers for the “lesser” version. One example is largely original. The other is the result of a 4-year restoration. One in subtle (yeah, right.) white, the other in an unconventional and charming gold. Decisions… Decisions…

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Frond End1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Interior1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Deck

Gooding gives the 1970 goldie (chassis 4548) a higher estimate range than the 1969 white one (3982). What do you think? Which Miura would you want to take home.

1969 Lamborghinhi Miura S

This is the first time I’m noticing that I’m just not that into the Miura’s interior. That central gauge panel jutting out like the prow of a ship from the dash just isn’t to my taste.

More details and photos on the lot detail page for the 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S (chassis 4548: in gold) and the 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S (chassis 3982: in white)


Money talks. And the buyers at the Scottsdale Auctions agreed with most of us that Goldie came out on top. The 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S brought in $660,000, while the 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S brought in only $577,500. Both notable in that another Miura, on offer from Bonhams recently broke a million.

DISCUSS (14 Comments)

  1. Bob

    As long as you have the fantasy money anyway, buy the gold one and change the dash to suit your tastes.

    The Barrett-Jackson “thing” for incontestable originality in under-chassised muscle cars is depressing. Who wouldn’t rather have the same car, done “pro-touring” style. If one has enough money to buy a Miura at auction, he has enough money to change the dash back to original when he resells it.

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  5. Gabriele Spangenberg

    Why, but the Gold!
    No doubt about it!
    Happy New year, by the way.

  6. Automobiliac

    In equal condition, the more original car always has to win. Gold is my choice.

  7. Simon


  8. Simon

    But then again… the white is …

  9. Simon

    No , the gold. Definitely maybe the gold…

  10. Simon

    But, really, wouldn’t say no to the white!! šŸ˜‰

  11. Harlo

    See what I mean. It’s a quandry. Simon knows what I’m talking about.

  12. drr

    I’d go for the “goldie”! Non-commital white just doesn’t cut it with the lines on this car. Also the blakc interior is much nicer without all the dated pleating.

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  14. Tom Moran

    Although I am not normally a fan of gold it sort of works here. If it were my pretend checkbook I would pass on both and wait for a red one with the tan interior because that combo literally defines “classic Italian supercar” for me.

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