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August 21, 2019

The Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis

by Mike –

This is a view of a Lamborghini Miura one does not see often. This Lamborghini Miura prototype chassis was auctioned at the Gooding auction in August 2013 and sold for $473,000! Imagine how much it would have fetched if it had a body.

Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis

In 1965 Lamborghini engineers Gian Paolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani, and Bob Wallace (who recently passed away) worked overtime on their own to develop the first version of the P400, which later was named the Miura.

The Miura P400 was introduced at the 1966 Geneva motor show and was received extremely well even though it was not a running car at the time of the show.

Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis

This chassis was on the Lamborghini stand at the 1965 Turin Auto Salon.

Gooding said,

Unlike the succeeding Miura production chassis that were built by Marchesi in Modena, this prototype was personally constructed by Dallara himself at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata factory. Following official approval of the model, which hadn’t even been named yet, the world was introduced to the Miura with the display of this chassis at Lamborghini’s stand at the 1965 Turin Auto Salon. In retrospect, this debut represents what has since become a longstanding tradition in the marque’s history of introducing new models with a rolling chassis, a practice that included the 350GTV and the Aventador chassis shown at Pebble Beach in 2011.

Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis

Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis

Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis

Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis

How many of you would be tempted to put a Miura body on this chassis and drive it? Come on raise your hands.

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The Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis
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The Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype Chassis
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The world was introduced to the Lamborghini Miura with the display of this prototype chassis at Lamborghini’s stand at the 1965 Turin Auto Salon.
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  1. Ha!
    I’d be tempted to put a non Miura body on it.
    Maybe a GT40 style clam shell rear so that all four exhausts stay as prototype, but when opened, it is clearly THE car. Be fun to just play around with affected observers.

  2. Are you interested in the same concept based on a GT400 chassis, brand new engine w Lamborghini transmission?

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