This Lamborghini Miura has undergone a ground up restoration and is ready to be enjoyed once againby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 04:09
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.
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”.
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).
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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.
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.
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?