Miura S strong candidate for barnfind of the year

| 23 Nov 2012

A rare 1969 Miura S with connections to the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis is estimated to make £320-370,000 when it crosses the block at Coys’ 4 December sale in London.

Onassis gifted this example of the Miura (one of just 140 built) to fellow countryman and singer - Stamatis Kokotas.

Also an accomplished rally driver, he used the Spirito, which boasted more power and a stiffer chassis, until ’72 when it suffered engine failure and was discarded in the underground car park at the Athens Hilton.

There it stayed, engineless, until the hotel’s renovation in ’03, when it was moved to another location as the establishment geared up for the 2004 Olympics.

The reconditioned V12, which had remained at the Lamborghini factory since 1972, has since been returned to the car, although it is yet to be installed.

The Miura comes with some rare (and unique) additions, including factory-fitted air conditioning, engravings on much of the interior’s fixtures and fittings, plus a distinctive steering wheel boss.