1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone


1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone


A true living legend of rock and roll, Rod Stewart is among the most instantly recognisable figures in worldwide music. Like many rock-and-rollers throughout history, Stewart is also a petrol head. He is most partial to Lamborghini, and has for decades been perhaps the company’s most well-known ‘best customer’, ordering and owning an example of virtually every new model, including all iterations of the landmark Miura early in his career. 


1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder by Ghia, Sotheby's Fifth Annual Sale in Paris
1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder by Ghia, Sotheby's Fifth Annual Sale in Paris
1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder by Ghia, Sotheby's Fifth Annual Sale in Paris
1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder by Ghia, Sotheby's Fifth Annual Sale in Paris

Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby's

 

Stewart took delivery of this Bianco over Nero P400 S, chassis no. 4863, through Lamborghini Concessionaires Ltd. of Allie Street, London. Stewart’s then-girlfriend, model Dee Harrington, was photographed with two of his Miuras, including this car, bearing registration JLL 831K. Further, the car is believed to have been that tested for a cover feature in the November 1970 issue of Car magazine.

After Stewart’s ownership the car passed through owners in Wiltshire, Kent, and Cambridge. It was acquired in 1976 by Clive Hugo Nagel, then, in April 1983, by Michael Baker of Horley. The next owner of the car maintained it for two decades, between 1994 and 2014, and during his ownership was fitted with various modifications to raise it to the SV specification, while the bulkhead, engine and chassis all, fortunately, remained intact and original to the car.
 

1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II by Bertone, Sotheby's Fifth Annual Sale in Paris
1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II by Bertone, Sotheby's Fifth Annual Sale in Paris
1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II by Bertone, Sotheby's Fifth Annual Sale in Paris

Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby's

 

Accordingly, when the current owner purchased the car, he took the opportunity to return it to its historic original form, exactly as it would have been when Rod Stewart took delivery. The work would be handled by the best possible source, the factory, at the Lamborghini Polo Storico division in Sant’Agata. The original bonnet and boot were reskinned to the original design and the wheel arches returned to the correct original configuration, modifications to the chassis undone back to the original P400 S specification, and all mechanical components carefully disassembled and painstakingly rebuilt to their original condition. 

The result is certainly the finest right-hand-drive P400 S on the market, and among the best-restored, most correct Miuras available – a car to make any new owner feel, well, like a rock star.
 

 

PHOTOS AND TEXT COURTESY OF RM SOTHEBY'S

 


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