‘Garage Find’ ex Onassis Lamborghini Miura S in Coy’s December 4th Car Auction

Found in a Greek warehouse after laying undiscovered for decades, this Lambirghini Muira S was once given as a present by Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis to his favourite Greek pop star of the 60s and 70s, Stamatis Kokotas.

Just 140 of these cars were built before the final SV version was introduced at the 1971 Geneva Salon making the Miura S arguably the best combination of performance and purity of line, not to mention the rarest Miura variant.A process of evolution and improvement continued throughout the life of the Miura and in 1968 the ‘S’ (for Spirito, or tuned) version appeared boasting 370bhp, revised tyres, electric windows and stiffer chassis.Firstly the car had the optional air conditioning, was personalised with unique engraved alloy air vents, engraved passenger grab handle, gear lever, electric window switch and ignition switch surrounds and a highly detailed engraved steering wheel boss.Other unique details include the exterior ‘eyelash’ headlight surrounds made from alloy along with a unique grill and four extra driving lights mounted centrally below the grill.

It is finished in a fantastic period shade of metallic brown which is in good order despite it not being driven for 40 years and the original tan interior is also in good order, no doubt helped by the dry Greek climate.

The Muira S  is to be sold at the COYS “True Greats” Christmas auction in London next week on Tuesday December 4th at an estimate of £370,000.

Other important collectors’ cars coming up for sale at this auction include a rare 1934 Riley Imp, estimated at  £70,000 to £80,000; a 1938 BMW 328 Roadster, estimated at £400,000 to £500,000, and a second fully restored Lamborghini Miura SV, estimated at £370,000 to £420,000.

Also on offer is a trio of DB Aston Martins – a DB4, DB5 and DB6, and from the estate of the founder editor of Motorsport magazine, Bill Boddy MBE, his 1935 RAC Rally Talbot Darraq tourer estimated at £14,000 to £18,000.

Also featuring in the sale is a beautifully restored Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster estimated at £380,000 to £480,000 and a Jaguar SS100.

For full details of this car and other important entries, please see www.coys.co.uk.