I'm still pumped over the cars I was able to see and test, the owner was very gracious and we had a lot of fun. He let me drive a 400GT 2+2 and a Bora, I wanted to get behind the wheel of an Islero that was there, but it was having clutch issues. The 400GT was... well... crap. Although very pretty it really didn't appeal to me. The Bora OTOH, was very sharp and clean in feel, though not very powerful, it handled well and had a proper sense of "Italianness" to it. Plus it was in original paint, a mica blue, with a cream interior. I might still get it, I'm letting that one to stew a little. My wife is like "when are you going to see another one like that?" and she's right. They're still very well-priced, compared to other "supercars" of that era, and that one is much better sorted than most others.
So, the "big item" I bought was a Miura S, a `69/70 (it's titled as a `70 but the SN and Lambo claim it's a late-`69). Before you think "what a great buy", it's a real headcase. It's easier to comment on the positives of it, because they're fewer in number than the bad. It's all original (pretty much), the body is great, and the interior and electrics aren't bad. It was restored and brought over by a land developer ~10 years ago, who then put 50k kms on the clock. However, the service records were "misplaced" when he died and the estate was sold off. It appears that only minimal things were done to keep it "good enough" and all those small things snowballed into large issues. When I asked about the car the salesman got the key and started it up, one of the lifters rattled and it sounded like it had a miss. He assured me that "it needs time to warm up". Sure enough, after it heated up it sounded better, but still not 100%. Ominously, it had a small oil puddle under it (which the guy tried to ignore) when we moved the car. Also, until the transmission oil warms up it won't shift into 3rd, or reverse, they called it "temperamental but normal". See, these use the engine oil to also cool the transmission, so oftentimes filings from the transmission find their way into the crankcase, if the oil isn't changed religiously. Since there are no records, I can't know how bad it might be. The suspension in the rear is shot, the speedo sometimes sticks, all the brakes are severely worn, there's a tick from the front when turning left (bad tie rod), and there's a host of small mechanical niggles. Then, on top of all that, the paint is crap. It has one of the worst cases of orange peel I've ever seen. There are even places on it that have been touched up with a paint repair pen. Originally it was silver (Argento, according to records, chassis #4262), but someone got it in their mind that it would look better red, but with a blue interior.
That's just... wrong. I really like this blue, for it:
Anyway, there's a lot to do, but we're already sourcing parts for the drivetrain rebuild, as well some upgrades, so it's gonna be a lot of fun.
Make it yellow How much did you pay for it?