On December 23, 2010, I began what started as an engine rebuild and rear chassis refresh of Miura chassis number 1021. As you might predict, no dumber words are ever uttered by a car guy than Im only doing a light refresh on the car. Quite predictably this turned into an all out full restoration of the car. As of the moment I write this, the car has been completely disassembled, the chassis repairs are complete and the engine rebuild is about 1/2 done. Over some period of time, I will post pictures of the work performed thus far until I catch up with real life. Before I get into the pictures, let me first provide what history I have on 1021 (skip this first post if you want to get to the pictures) Out of the entire Miura series, Lamborghini Miura 1021 was the 9th Miura built, including the prototypes. It was the first Miura delivered to Switzerland. 1021 is one of only 12 pre-production cars. I personally refer to all of the cars with 1000 VIN numbers as preproduction cars (others refer to them and the ones before them as prototypes) . Regardless, because of its early build and the very limited number of prototype and pre-production cars, it is a very special and very rare car amongst what is already a rare and special series of cars. Chassis #1021
Production #9 Delivery Date: 27 April 1967
Colors: Rosso Miura exterior/Black interior.
I know a portion, but unfortunately not all, of the ownership history of this car. Any help in completing the history of this car will be greatly appreciated.
1967 to 1969 - Dr. Alfred Hopf - Basel, Switzerland
Imported by Foitek AG in Switzerland and confirmed by Peter Foitek to have been delivered on April 27, 1967 (note that the factory records show April 28, 1967 as the consignment date, which I guess is the date they received payment?) to dealer Peter Monteverdi (builder of the Monteverdi Cars) for Dr. Alfred Hopf. I corresponded with Dr. Hopf in 2004. Dr. Hopf indicated that he drove the car every day during his ownership throughout Europe in his capacity as Racing Director for the Automobile Club Suisse (at the time racing was banned in Switzerland as a result of the 1955 Mercedes Le Mans accident). Dr. Hopf recalls the only negative points about the car being that the gearbox had a tendency to heat up when the car was driven hard and shifting was then very difficult. Dr. Hopf reports that the car was never in an accident nor raced during his ownership. In 1969 Dr. Hopf returned the car to Monteverdi in trade for a Ferrari Berlinetta because: "At the time I was not very enthusiastic about the performance of my Miura." (ed.:!!)
1969 to 1978 (approx.) - Ownership Unknown
It appears the car was brought into California in 1969. I have pictures of the car with California black plate number ZMW 977. 1970 was the last year black plates were issued in California and I have been told (but cannot confirm) that the ZMW series plates were issued in 1969.
1978 (approx.) to 1988 - Robert Ramlose - Downey, California
Owned by Robert Ramlose of Downey, California. The car appears to have been painted white with black interior prior to being purchased by Ramlose. One of Mr. Ramloses son has indicated to me that the car was never in an accident during Ramlose ownership.
1988 to 2002 - Larry Menser - Carmel, California
The Miura was purchased by Larry Menser of Carmel, California in 1988, with a seized engine and needing a restoration. Aside from the white exterior, Menser reported in 2004 that the car was mostly original otherwise, although there were signs of accident damage on the drivers side front. Larry Menser undertook a full restoration at which time the engine was redone with sump separation and baffles completed by Bob Wallace. The car was repainted in red and the original interior was replaced by tan leather. The car was featured on the cover of the May 1990 Road & Track Magazine. The car was also shown at Concorso Italiano in 2000.
2002 Concours Auto
The car was purchased from Menser by Concours Auto of Sarasota, Florida with approximately 19,700 miles on the odometer.
2002 - 2004 - Joe Barrone - New Jersey
The car was purchased from Concours Auto by Joe Barrone of New Jersey.
2004 - to present - San Diego In 2004 I purchased purchased this Miura from Joe. My wife and I have enjoyed the car and have driven it extensively, including trips to Consorso Italiano in 2006, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, etc. At some point in 2009, a few engine issues came up that made me lose confidence in the engine. In December 2010, I dropped the car off at Bobileff Motor Car to have the engine rebuilt. My intent was to have the engine redone and to strip the rear chassis engine area and repaint it in the proper semi-gloss black as well as redo the suspension bushings, put in new springs, and rebuild the shocks. In the course of that we inspected the car and quickly found a fair amount of rust in the under pan of the car, near the front firewall which is a common rust area for Miuras. Afterwards, in the dismantling process of the rear suspension and partially stripping the rear chassis, I discovered that the damage mentioned to me by Larry Menser was not limited to the drivers front corner, but in fact there was damage to the drivers side area, including the rear drivers side chassis area. The drivers side door is slightly different in a few details to the passengers side and after looking at it carefully, the drivers side door it not original to the car. At this point, I did a LOT of soul searching (specially the financial kind). I could sell the car and search for another one (my initial ideal was a Miura S with air conditioning). However, having seen all of the Miuras that had been through Gary Bobileffs shop for service, restoration, fixes, etc., over the years it was obvious to me that unless I bought one that had just been restored, I was always going to have to address issues, correcting things, deal with rust, etc. Id basically be back at this very same decision point with whatever car I bought to replace it. On the other hand, if I restored this car, I could closely oversee all of the work, I could do a fair amount of it myself and I could fulfill my desire for originality on the car. Seeing as this was a very special car because of how early it is and I had two of the foremost Miura experts within easy reach of me (Gary Bobileff and Jeff Stephan) which meant that help was nearby, I came to the inevitable conclusion that the car needed (deserved) to be completely restored, correctly, with minute attention to detail and originality. And so my voyage of discovery was underway. Enough talk, here are some pictures of the car before I purchased it. The first four pictures are from the 2000 Concorso Italiano. I found these on the internet, so I cannot attribute copyright so I apologize. At this point, the car is owned by Larry Menser. Note Borrani spinners, which I believe to be incorrect for any Miura but the 1st prototype. Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login