In a history making sale, the one-off Lamborghini Bertone Miura Roadster been purchased by an American collector. Lamborghini’s Miura is considered the most beautiful and arguably most desirable post-war sports car built for the road. A mere 762 Miuras were produced between 1967 and 1973.
The ultimate specification P400SV now commands prices of up to $800,000. In 1968 Lamborghini’s factory produced a single Miura Roadster, designed by Bertone for the 1968 Brussels car show. The prototype car was later exhibited at car shows throughout the world, before being sold to the Boston Museum of Transportation. It remained there for many years, after which it was owned by various prominent collectors. Although demand for a production version of the Miura roadster was overwhelming, it remained a one-off.
Now, worlds only factory Lamborghini Miura convertible has been purchased by Adam Gordon, a New York real estate developer and car collector.
Mr. Gordon intends to restore the car to its 1968 Brussels Salon former glory.
Gary Bobileff, the preeminent Lamborghini restoration specialist, has been engaged to undertake the project.
The ground-up restoration of the Miura Roadster will require approximately two years, after which time it will undoubtedly be one of the rarest and most valuable classic cars in the world. Bobileff says.
Joe Sackey, Lamborghini historian and author of the soon to be released book entitled Lamborghini Miura, comments “This event is automotive history in the making. Consider that Ferrari’s ultimate GTO is valued by some in excess of $12 million and even though they have competition heritage, 39 were supposedly made.
The Miura Roadster is a true one-off, by comparison, and even though it is not competition inspired, its heritage is that of a “prototype show car” perhaps even more valuable to some collectors.”
Joe Sackey, San Diego, California, February 1, 2007