Consigned from the collection of a prominent horse breeding family, a 1972 Lamborghini Muira SV has outsold all contenders at Bonhams' Scottsdale Auction, which was held yesterday (January 17) at the renowned classic car event.
The Muira brought $1.2m to the Oldenburg Family Car Collection. A further 30 classic cars were offered by the Oldenburgs, making up two of the top four sales.
The Muira was described by Bonhams as the "most sought-after Lamborghini ever produced". It is widely attributed with kicking-off the supercar trend, being the fastest road car available at the time of its release.
The SV model is the final and most famous of all Muiras produced by Lamborghini, with only 150 examples ever built. It can be distinguished from earlier models by its lack of "eyelashes" around the headlights, as well as its different rear lights.
Adding to its exclusivity, the SV was only made available for Lamborghini's most valued clients, and was produced by special order only. Only 21 were delivered to the US, making the present example of the utmost rarity for American collectors at the Arizona event.
Sporting a 385 bhp engine, it is a stunning archetype of the series, recently repainted red with gold accents - its original colour scheme. Its new owner will become part of a very exclusive club of SV drivers, just in time for the 2013 SV tour.
Also featuring from the Oldenburg collection was a 1968 Ferrari 330GTS Spider, which sold for $912,500, a relatively affordable price compared to the California Spyder that sold for $8.5m at Pebble Beach in 2012. Despite its lower price, the 330 GTS is "rarer, more powerful and arguably more usable", according to Bonhams.
The sale also featured an elegant Rolls-Royce, which was previously owned by Lady Astor. It sold for $181,000.
Paul Fraser Collectible will be bringing you more results from the Scottsdale auctions over the coming days, so be sure to check back with us regularly.