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A Greek Gift: 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S

After spending 42 years idle in the underground carpark of the Athens Hilton, this metallic brown on tan leather ‘69 Miura was wheeled out and put on the auction block by Coys back in 2012.

It’s a car with quite a story. A gift from one Aristotle Onassis to rally-driving singer and fellow countryman, Stamatis Kokotas. The car is said to have broken down sometime in the mid ’70s, then simply parked and left at the Hilton. It wasn’t until 2003 that renovation works to the hotel ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics forced it be moved and ‘rediscovered’.

Bidding reportedly topped out at just over US$480,000 though failed to meet the seller’s reserve. Ever since, the details and whereabouts of this wonderfully original and unique car seem to have gone cold.


Under the Hammer: 1972 Maserati Boomerang Coupé

Bonhams have the one-off Italdesign Maserati Boomerang coupé on the block at their upcoming Chantilly sale on 5 September 2015.

First seen as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1971, the Maserati Boomerang was a typically adventurous work by the man who would later be judged ‘Car Designer of the Century’: Giorgetto Giugiaro.

By the time of its appearance at the Geneva Salon in March 1972, the Boomerang would for the next few years be displayed regularly, appearing at the Paris, London and Barcelona international motor shows and receiving unanimous praise.

There’s no mistaking the Boomerang’s wacky instruments (and stalks!) within the steering wheel party piece. Concept cars rarely show up on the open market, road-legal and registered examples even less so.

Bidding range estimate on application. If you have to ask…

UPDATE: Sold for €3,289,500 (source)