This Beautiful Bare Metal Lamborghini Miura Is Headed to Auction

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A 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S will join this Ferrari F50 and a plethora of high-priced exotics at RM Sotheby's annual Monterey auction, marking another opportunity for a deep-pocketed buyer to cop an example of the world's first supercar. 

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The Bertone-bodied Raging Bull presented in a brilliant bare-metal steel and aluminum state, having had its factory Gray-White paint removed during recent body repairs. And it's origin story is just as unique as its shiny shell. 

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According to the Canadian auction house, chassis No. 4761 was originally owned by a 19-year-old, Iranian-born female college student at the University of California, Berkeley. 

The lucky student's well-connected parents had originally purchased the U.S.-specification Miura for their daughter to sell, likely as a means of transferring money out of Iran. That plan never materialized, as she decided to keep then-groundbreaking ride for herself until she was involved in minor crash two years later. 

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Though there was only damage to the front headlight, local repair shops refused to offer service, as the intricate shaping and fit of the clamshell hood proved too challenging. 

Eventually, a body shop owner purchased No. 4761 with the intention of restoring its road-worthy status. The project was never finished, so the slightly scuffed Lambo sat idle in a warehouse for four decades. 

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That hibernation turned out to be a blessing, as No. 4761 is a time capsule of original details, right down to the PPG paint label and the Pirelli GR70VR15 Cinturato CN73 tires on which the model was delivered.

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Following its acquisition in 2019, the nose was repaired, the paint was stripped, and all requisite mechanical restorations were completed. 

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RM Sotheby's also notes that this is a late Series II P400 S, a "transitional" model that maintained its predecessors narrow fenders and "eyelash" headlight framing while gaining performance upgrades to the V12 powertrain.  

Valued at $1.8-$2.2 million, this 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S hits the auction block on August 14.