“We were cruising along at a sedate 120mph when all of a sudden there was a Porsche 911S behind us flashing its lights … we shifted down TWO gears and left the 140mph Porsche a speck in the rear-view mirror” – Road & Track’s first test of a Miura P400 S in April 1970
A good, fine-driving example of Lamborghini’s iconic supercar first delivered in Bertone’s Azzurro Mexico, a shade created to commemorate the 1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico.
The Lamborghini Miura P400 S
The Lamborghini Miura was an immediate hit, but early cars were very much ‘works in progress’. The factory found that constant improvements and revisions needed to be made to both productionise the car as well as make it more user-friendly.
An updated version, the ‚S‘, for spinto, or tuned, appeared at the 1968 Turin Show. The P400 S addressed the original Miura’s shortcomings, principally those of handling, build quality and cockpit comfort. It had new Pirelli tyres and its engine was further tuned, with work on the cylinder heads. The factory quoted an additional 20bhp, to 370bhp.
Inside, electric windows replaced wind-ups, the carpets and (optional) leather interior were upgraded, some switchgear was redesigned and there was a passenger grab handle and glovebox lid. Most Miuras were still delivered with leatherette (‘Skay’) upholstery and a P400 S can be recognised by its chrome window surrounds and ‘S’ badge on the boot.
Production of the P400 S ran to 338 examples, from November 1968 to early 1971.