Hate Paint? Buy This Bare-Metal Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura started a supercar obsession for many, even those born outside that era. I’m one of those people. Frankly, a Miura is a dream car for many, age regardless. However, if you just cannot make up your mind on which color your fanciful Italian bull should be in, R.M Sotheby’s has you covered. For a small fee, of course. Now, you’ve got the chance to own an unpainted, bare metal, Lambo. What’s more, it may be the only one.

The Miura comes with an interesting story

The front of the bare metal Miura, shot on a Los Angeles street at night
1971 Lamborghini Miura | Karissa Hosek via R.M Sotheby’s

As with any good, unobtanium auction listing, this Miura has quite a story. Per R.M Sotheby’s and Automobile, this paintless supercar was first owned by a very, very lucky 19-year-old Iranian student. This lucky soul not only managed not to put the 400 hp Bull into a wall (for a while, anyway) but used it to commute to the University of California, Berkely campus. Moreover, the lucky teen’s parents went to the Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese to take delivery.

It appears the initial plan was to take delivery of the vehicle in Italy, then have it shipped back to the U.S. That is until this mysterious scholar decided to keep the car for herself. At one point or another during her ownership of the Lamborghini Miura, a listing was apparently made in an attempt to follow through on the plan and use the vehicle as, well, a vehicle. To transfer money out of Iran, that is. The car was then driven by the student for several years until inevitably, there was a crash.

This Lamborghini Miura is one of a kind

The rear of the bare metal Miura, shot in a black photobooth
1971 Lamborghini Miura | Karissa Hosek via R.M Sotheby’s

Now, the Miura is somewhat interesting in its construction. the whole car is, rather obviously, aluminum-bodied. That means that when this Lamborghini Miura suffered that accident, it sat for quite some time. The only reason it sat for so long is this complicated construction. Eventually, it made its way to the owner of the shop that maintained it, who says he planned to restore it.

However, this is one of those barn-find-esque situations, and the car moved very little if at all over the next forty years. It’s important to note that as of this point in the Miura’s story, it still had paint. Then, in 2019, the Lambo was sold, and repairs were finally completed. It is at this point that the new owner had the car’s white paint stripped away to reveal the aluminum body underneath.

The silver bull sure beats a DeLorean

The Miura's famous transversely-mounted V12 with individual velocity stacks
1971 Lamborghini Miura | Karissa Hosek via R.M Sotheby’s

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Generally speaking, it’s pretty rare that you can make a car objectively worse and increase its value. That’s exactly what happened here. The owner wanted to “showcase the Miura’s sculptural form” and thought stripping away the original paint was a great way to do that. Frankly, it worked. Only one other bare metal car comes to mind, and I can tell you with certainty that this one is not only faster but far more valuable. The all-metal Miura will be up for auction at Monterey Car Week, and will surely fetch a number most can only dream of.