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This Completely Restored Lamborghini Miura Looks Like it Just Came From the Factory

This Lamborghini Miura has undergone a ground up restoration and is ready to be enjoyed once again

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There is something special about vintage cars, but we can’t put our finger on it. Whether it’s the presence, feel, or what they represent, certain classic cars have a high significance for the automotive world. Tyrell’s classic workshop has seen quite a lot of these cars throughout the years and this completely-restored Miura is one of the latest examples. Not just anyone can work on such a car and Tyrell himself takes you on a spirited drive while giving you all the facts.

This Completely Restored Lamborghini Miura Looks Like it Just Came From the Factory
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Restored to its original condition and awaiting final adjustments
No knocks from the suspension and perfect work of the 3.9-liter V-12 engine

Tyrell makes it clear that cars like the Miura need to be immaculate.

“They have to look fabulous. Second best just wouldn’t do when we are talking about cars, north of £1.0 million ($1.4 million)”.

That said, he also stresses the importance of how they have to drive properly. “I’ve got to be able to drive them, hopefully, as hard as any customer ever will”. Putting a car like this through its paces is something you and I probably don’t want to miss.

The video not only showcases how the Miura looks and feels after a complete nut and bolt restoration, but also what final touches and adjustments need to be made. “It’s the final touches and tweaks of bringing it back to life”.
Upon taking the Miura for a drive, Tyrell reveals that the floor is brand new, as the original one was “rusty beyond repair”.

This Completely Restored Lamborghini Miura Looks Like it Just Came From the Factory
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There is no compromise when it comes to the 3.9-liter V-12 of the Miura S
370 horsepower, 286 pound-feet (388 Nm), 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph

You know you’ve done a good job at restoring a car when there are no suspension knocks and clunks, the engine runs smooth, and all gauges show good parameters. Other than the steering wheel not being straight, everything seems to be in perfect order. With oil pressure showing good values, Tyrell feels confident to step on it, but not too much. Not just yet, as he‘s “nursing it back to being a proper supercar”.

After the first drive, the verdict is that the steering wheel isn’t straight, the brakes might need changing, and the speedometer isn’t quite working right.

In the second drive, Tyrell makes a remark about how snug the Miura interior is – a small price to pay for the overall experience of being in one of the most significant cars.

This being a Miura S, it develops 370 horsepower (272 kilowatts) and 286 pound-feet (388 Nm) from its 3.9-liter transversely-mounted V-12. This allows for a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of around 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph (288 km/h).
This Completely Restored Lamborghini Miura Looks Like it Just Came From the Factory
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A different Miura engine is used to showcase another typical Miura problem
Starter failure due to oil bypassing a rubber sealing
Lamborghini Miura S specifications
Engine 3.9-liter V-12
Power 370 HP
Torque 286 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 5.2 seconds
Top Speed 180 mph

If you skip to 9:25 you will see how Tyrell is finally becoming “one with the car” and is feeling confident about putting it through its paces. Great V-12 sounds, incoming.

The test drive revealed one of Miura’s troublesome areas – the gear change. In particular, getting in neutral. It’s a tricky unit, as the gear change rod comes right through the engine block. “It’s a very fiendish and complicated system, but it does work on a good day”. Fun fact: for a long time, the Miura was the only car with a full synchromesh gearbox.

This Completely Restored Lamborghini Miura Looks Like it Just Came From the Factory
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After a second test drive, the Miura’s typical shifting problem had manifested problem
It turned out to be the simplest of solutions - tightening the pinch bolt on the selector rod

Back to the workshop, where Tyrell is using a different Miura engine to showcase another constructive defect. Because of its proximity to the engine and gearbox housing, the starter motor can get drenched in oil, causing it to fail. This is due to the rubber oil ring, which acts as a gasket, often failing to do its job.

The steering wheel has been straightened with “a trick of the trade”. This is achieved by winding one track rod slightly shorter on one side, instead of repositioning the steering wheel.

This Completely Restored Lamborghini Miura Looks Like it Just Came From the Factory
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After an initial test drive, the verdict is:
Steering wheel needs adjustment, the brakes need attention, and the speedometer isn’t working properly

A third drive with the Miura reveals that the car is finally as it should be. According to Tyrell, it finally feels like a car that won’t fall apart, which goes to show how a few small adjustments can go a long way. This Lamborghini Miura S finally feels like a proper complete restoration and is ready to be driven presumably hard. “You don’t buy a Miura do go to the shops”, Tyrell says.

Give the video a look and let us know: would you enjoy a vintage car like the Miura more than a modern exotic?

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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