Taking out the Best in Show this year, as well as the Mambo Italiano class award, William Zuccon’s Lamborghini Miura S was a worthy winner.
The renowned Sydney architect fell in love with the Miura as a boy and vowed then that he would own one. The vow was honoured a little over 20 years ago when Zuccon acquired this 1970-built example. A rare RHD and Australian-delivered machine, Zuccon’s car was finished in lime green originally, but its first owner requested a colour change to Miura Blu at the factory, so the blue hue was applied – straight over the green!
Being a 1970-built ‘S’ spec car means this Miura is rare. Compared to the original Miura, of which 475 units were built, only 140 S models were produced. The S produced more power, too: 370hp (276kW) compared to the standard Miura’s 350hp (261kW), thanks to reshaped combustion chambers, high-lift cams, larger carburettors and bigger manifolds. The improvements in power and torque were countered by additional weight, though, mainly due to the heavier-gauge steel used in the chassis.
Rear suspension was modified over the original Miura and a larger alternator was fitted, while luxury options like power windows, leather seats and air conditioning became increasingly common during the Miura S’s three-year production run.
Zuccon enjoyed his Miura S as-is for several years before committing it to a thorough restoration in 2016. Four years in the making – and completed just ahead of this year’s concours – the restoration was authentic in every detail, including reproduction of that blue-over-green paint!