That is precisely what happened to John Temerian, owner of Curated, a vintage exotics dealership in Miami, FL. In a recent video posted to the Curated TV YouTube channel, John explains how he found the car while scrolling on eBay one day.
How do you find a Lamborghini Miura S in a barn?
This Lamborghini Miura S story begins as John scrolled eBay one night looking for vintage exotics online. On first look, John reports that the sale ad seemed odd. This is because the images showed very little of the Miura S in question and most of the vehicle’s information was incorrect. As a result, John assumed that the person selling the car wasn’t very knowledgeable of this specific model. Regardless, John reports that the seller was asking $1.25 million for the vehicle.
The person selling the car worked for someone else who owned the vehicle. Regardless John reports eventually getting good photos of the car, so he became seriously interested in purchasing it. According to John, the Miura S lived in New York in a very remote location, inside a barn. Since Curated was in its infancy during this barn find, John reports having to ask around for investors to collect the necessary funds to purchase the car.
Upon finding the Lamborghini Miura S in a preserved, unrestored condition, John decided to purchase the car. As far as the story goes, the original owner drove it for a short time before parking it. As a result, this vintage supercar has sat since the 1970s.
How do you get a car like this to run?
One of the biggest obstacles of barn find vehicles is fixing them so they are roadworthy. This becomes especially difficult when it’s a Lamborghini Miura S. However, John’s advantage was that his father was a mechanic for many decades, specializing in Lamborghini models. As a result, John reports sending the Miura S up to his father to get it running and working. Given how unrestored this particular example is, swapping parts could directly affect its value.
According to John, the first steps were to drain all of the ancient fuel out of the Lamborghini Miura S. From there; his father reportedly installed new spark plugs before cranking it over. However, there was a persistent hesitation that was difficult to pinpoint. Regardless, John’s father got the car started, at which point a mouse and all sorts of debris shot out of the exhaust system, explaining the earlier fault. Upon getting it running, the car was returned to Miami so it could be listed for sale.
Where is the barn find Miura S now?
Aside from finding an unrestored Lamborghini Miura S, selling it poses its own set of challenges. As you might imagine, a major service was for a car that sat for decades. Regardless, John reports selling the car shortly after it arrived in Miami, FL, for an undisclosed amount.
However, according to John, this Lamborghini Miura S story’s funniest aspect occurred after the car sold. John reportedly followed the car’s ownership history after he sold it. Along the way, John ran into people who had created their own stories about how they had found the car in a barn.
After that, the trail went cold on the Miura S. However, John guesses that it’s out there somewhere undergoing a full restoration.