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Coachwork by Bertone
*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1970.
Renata Garcibotti, Brescia, Italy (acquired in 1970)Ernesta Ruzza, Padova, Italy (acquired in March 1972)Giorgio Bolognin, Padova, Italy (acquired in August 1972)James Boulware, San Jose, California (acquired in March 1973)Franklin Karmatz, San Jose, California (acquired circa May 1973)Don and Dinah Patterson, San Jose, California (acquired from the above in May 1973)Private Collection, Washington (acquired from the above via Joe Sackey in 2006)John Atzbach, Redmond, Washington (acquired from the above in 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above)Beautifully Restored Example
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, 1996La Dolce Vita, California, 2009Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, Washington, 2012The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, California, 2016
First fully revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in November 1966, the Lamborghini Miura was an instant game changer, transforming the Bolognese firm from upstart constructor to a world-class sports car manufacturer, and forever changing the expectation of what a mid-engine supercar should be.
Assembled on a technically advanced chassis with groundbreaking coachwork penned by Carrozzeria Bertone’s Marcello Gandini, the Miura’s transversely mounted V-12 engine afforded an exceptionally compact and curvaceous body design, and a visceral driving experience.
By 1969, the Miura received its first upgrade as the P400 S. Only 140 examples were built, featuring an uprated 370 hp engine with performance camshafts, speed-rated Pirelli tires, an overhead interior console, improved upholstery, electrically operated windows, and optional Borletti airconditioning. At 168 mph, the Miura S was the fastest road car ever tested by Road & Track magazine, which in 1970 dubbed it “an exercise in automotive art for a particularly rapturous kind of driving.”
The car offered here, chassis 3787, was delivered new through Auto Elite in Bologna, Italy before being imported to the US in early 1973, by James Boulware of Prevedello Foreign Car Repair in San Jose, California. Shortly thereafter, the car was sold locally to Franklin Karmatz, who then passed the Lamborghini to Don and Dinah Patterson, also of San Jose, who would cherish the Miura for 33 years.
Mr. Patterson commissioned a complete restoration of 3787 from Lamborghini specialist Al Burtoni’s Milano Imports in Gilroy, California, commencing in June 1991. Receipts accompanying the car indicate the engine and gearbox were completely stripped down and rebuilt. By 1994, the project had expanded to include coachwork, paint, and interior restoration. Mr. Patterson passed away before it could be completed, leaving his widow, Dinah, to forge ahead with the restoration. She would later write with fondness for the Miura S: “It has been well loved not only by my late husband, but by the rest of the family.”
Working closely with Milano Imports, Mrs. Patterson would realize her late husband’s dream for 3787, displaying the Miura S at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in August 1996. In a final invoice dated November 1998, the Burtoni family wrote about the special bond that had developed between car, owner, and restorer, stating, “When you restore a car to the extent that we did your Miura, the car becomes a part of you. It becomes precious to you and you cannot help but worry about it.”
After its display at Pebble Beach, the Miura S returned to Mrs. Patterson, who had relocated to Boulder, Colorado. The Miura’s fuel system was drained, and the car was put into storage for nine years, spending some time on display at the Shelby American Collection in Boulder. Emerging in 2006, the car was brokered by Lamborghini specialist Joe Sackey to a Pacific Northwest collector, who worked with marque specialists Driven Exotics of Gilroy, California, to carefully awaken the sleeping Miura. Reportedly showing only 15,455 original kilometers at that time, Mr. Sackey wrote of 3787 that is was “one of the best restored Miuras in existence, remaining today just as it was shown at Pebble Beach for its post restoration debut.”
In July 2008, the Miura S was purchased by John Atzbach of Redmond, Washington, who displayed it at the 2009 La Dolce Vita in Monterey Bay, California; again at the 2012 Kirkland Concours d’Elegance in Tacoma, Washington; and in 2016 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, held in Carmel Valley, California, for a special class honoring the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura.
Most recently, the current owner has retained a local marque specialist to maintain and detail the car, which included stripping and refinishing the Miura’s alloy Campagnolo wheels and mounting correct Pirelli Cinturato tires in April 2019.
With low original miles, a Pebble Beach-quality restoration, and almost a decade of museum display, this well-loved 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S presents superbly, having been in careful and considerate ownership. In top fettle at the hands of marque specialists, this rare Miura S is now ready for a new passionate owner willing to experience all the promise and potential of Lamborghini’s landmark mid-engine supercar.