• Dec 3, 2008


Click above for a high-res gallery of the Bertone Miura Roadster

There are few cars that are a true one-of-one. If you've ever watched Barrett-Jackson auctions on television, you've seen the guy who claims his '67 Camaro is the only one in existence... with that particular combination of options. Yes, his car is unique, but we wouldn't declare it a one-off by any means. We're talking a truly unique car, like this 1968 Lamborghini Miura Roadster with coachwork by Bertone. Built for the 1968 Brussels Motor Show, the Miura Roadster features an open top with larger air intakes integrated into a rollover hoop. The rear of the car was also reshaped with a larger spoiler and unique taillights. The car was recently restored to its original condition including its beautiful metallic blue paint. We saw it in person at this year's Pebble Beach Concours, a mere week after it was fully completed, where it finished second in the Lamborghini class. The Miura Roadster is now being offered for sale, and we imagine it will go for quite a bit more than the $330,000 it cost to restore the car.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      GREAT CAR...BUT THE RED RUGS HAVE TO GO!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful design. Not my choice of colors but I love the car.
      The 350GT however, is a far more beautiful car.
      It's a shame Lamborghini abandoned their early beautiful flowing styles and now have strange designs that look like spaceships designed to get attention. No longer the inherently beautiful designs we see here. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      it cost $330k to restore?!


      I would think you could hand-fabricate a duplicate, atom-by-atom for less than that. Ok, I exaggerate. But $330k seems steep for any restoration job, even the highest of high-end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's cheaper than restoring the Detroit 3.
        • 6 Years Ago
        from miuraroadster.com"

        "In 1970, the Lamborghini Miura Roadster was converted to a showcase model for zinc automotive parts, and it remains in this unusual form to this day. Though finely crafted and displayed worldwide, the zinc conversion compromised the Miura Roadster’s purity of line, changed the colors, and added a great deal of weight.

        Owner Adam Gordon and Lamborghini expert Gary Bobileff plan a complete restoration which will return the Miura Roadster to the 1968 Brussels Salon condition and colors. In addition to resurrecting the original appearance of this iconic supercar, the conservation effort will remove over a thousand pounds of zinc, thus restoring the car’s superb performance. "

        That makes the $330k sound much more palatable
        • 6 Years Ago
        $330k sounds about right. I've seen Bel Airs restored for $150-200,000, let alone a vintage Lambo. I bet restoring a pre war Alfa or Mercedes can cost even more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would not be unusual for a vehicle to sell for less than its restoration costs, especially an older one when parts have to be made handmade, with no drawings to go by. Ask anybody at the ACD meet in Auburn IN Labor Day weekend.
      I go to numerous swap meets, and can't remember seeing a Lambo part other than an oil filter or badge.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a third of a mil just to restore, plus selling price, plus fees. How much is that? Half a mil? I've seen people go nuts at auctions, but times are a little tough, and original goes for more than restored.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I can't imagine a 1 of 1 vintage Lambo selling for less than the restoration cost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It finished SECOND? Jesus, what beat it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Umm.. are you serious?

        Look at what you just posted. You just stated that this Lambo came in 3rd, not 2nd as Autoblog reported.. then you proceed to list the top three, with the Lambo of this post clearly at #2.

        You, sir, fail at the internet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not sure what beat it, but I know where it lost points. The judge thought that the interior door handles should be chrome instead of matt black. This was wrong. The handles are correct in matt black. The judge also thought that the wheel knock-offs should be painted instead of plated. The judge was correct. The judge missed the fact that the taillights are not quite correct. (I have the proper pair.)

        It's a stunningly beautiful car. I had the privilege of watching it be restored while I stopped by the shop to check on my own Miura restoration (www.lambomiura.com).

        Chris
        • 6 Years Ago
        Relax buddy, its just the internet. You made a mistake and I called you out on it, no reason to take that personally. "You fail at the internet" is a pretty funny saying that has been around for a while (and based on my high rank, I can tell you that others found it humorous as well). You seriously felt the need to respond directly to that comment to make sure that a bunch of strangers don't think you are a n00b? That's sorta pathetic man.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thought exactly. So I looked it up. Took em a bit and sadly found an Autoblog mistake. The official page says this car took third, not second:

        Class N Lamborghini
        1st 1964 Lamborghini 350GT Touring Production Prototype
        Paul J. Roesler, Mill Valley, California
        2nd 1968 Lamborghini Miura Bertone Roadster
        Adam Gordon, New York, New York
        3rd 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Bertone Prototype
        Joseph M. Barone, Honesdale, Pennsylvania

        Source:
        http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/pages/3907/2008_Complete_List_of_Winners.htm
      • 6 Years Ago
      The side on profile is absolutely gorgeous!
      • 6 Years Ago
      hi
      I own the roadster so perhaps i can shed some light with fellow enthusiasts. Pebble Beach scores are based on a 100 point system. Cars start with 100 and then deductions are taken for items the judges deem to be not original or executed as they would have been from the factory. The judges may also choose to add points for unique design. My car came in second place behind a beautifully restored 350gt which had fewer deductions. I frankly was thrilled to participate and to see the roadster restored properly for the firt time in 40 years.
      Gary and I worked to restore the car in the most accurate way; to present the roadster as it left the factory. The sky blue paint with heavy metal flake, white leather seats and red carpets reflected the late 60"s design intent and Lamborghini's wish for the car to wow the public when it went on display.
      Restoration expenses are always a wow too... We all know from the work we do on our own cars the daunting number of hours involved in any serious automotive project.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have an outstanding car, and thank you for answering my question as to how it could have placed second. That 350GT must have been an absolute stunner. Personally, I'd like to have a poster of your roadster on my cubicle wall to bring a touch of sky-blue sculpture into the cold, grayish angularity of office life.

        Best of luck with your sale.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A beautiful example of the most beautiful car ever designed!
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