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Miura tops 81-car, barn-found auction trove


French auction house Interencheres recently handled the sale of a trove of 81 barn-found vehicles following the death of their owner, Henri Ruggieri. Many of the vehicles were in dilapidated condition and, according to media reports, none of them were in running condition.

However, “there is one amazing gem among them,” Fox News reported. 

“It’s a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 supercar, the 118th of just 225 that were made. Even in its destitute condition — with nearly 50,000 miles on the odometer, a respray and a reupholstered interior — it’s estimated to be worth between $450,000 and $650,000, but could sell for over $1 million if fully restored.”

The auction was held on January 20 and the Miura sold for €560,000 ($645,000).

Also at the auction, a 1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 coupe brought €99,000 ($113,670) and a 1953 Porsche 356 Pre A went for €48,000 ($55,100).

However, many of the vehicles, such as a 1939 Panhard & Levassor Dynamic and a 1937 Graham 6-116 cabriolet, sold for well below $10,000.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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