1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 (Topo)
Total restoration
Restoration log by Dan Mooney



1967 Lamborghini Miura - Chassis # 3051

This Lamborghini P400 (production # 36) has been languishing in its current disassembled state for almost 40 years. Affectionately named 'Topo' by its longtime owners, the car is currently undergoing a total restoration in the Team CJ Workshops.

Purchased new by the legendary oil heir, racer and super car personality Toly Arutunoff, 3051 has a fascinating history. It was raced several times by Mr. Arutunoff shortly after he took delivery in the summer of 1967, and also used as his daily driver for several years.

The following letter is reproduced courtesy of the
Miura Register.

"I ordered Miura #7, I think, at the Torino Salone in '65, but received something like #22 in late summer '67, just too late to run it at the Bonneville salt flats. They told me $12,700 but it was only $12,300! There was a dinner trip across Modena with Bob Wallace. Sidelights only, 100kph, flash high beams at intersections. Memories!

I sold it in '71 or '72 to someone from the Chicago area, right after the factory offered to convert it to an 'S' for $5,000. I put about 75,000 km on it. Using it as a daily driver at age 30 gave me six pack abs! When it left my ownership it had Ford F-100 u-joints and the internal gear for the alternator drive was a slightly modified Yazoo lawnmower part! It also had a cheap radio with shiny speakers mounted on the door panels and the passenger grab handle was a bit flexible.

I am curious where it is now."

Toly Arutunoff, December 2016


Update report - June 22, 2019
Removing the aluminum boot floor assembly and corresponding inner wheel arch panels. The boot floor was held in place with 132 rivets.

Yesterday we were delighted to receive a visit from Topo's owners. Rob and Jan visited the Team CJ Workshop to deliver a van load of spare parts and to check in on progress with the Miura. Among the many boxes of parts were Topo's original seats which had been restored and re-trimmed in Michigan in 1984. Interestingly, there was also a spare (third) Miura seat still in its original hide cover, so we were able to compare the untouched original seat with the restored seats. The Michigan trimmer did an outstanding job and replicated the original factory padding and stitching extremely well indeed. Thankfully, Rob and Jan also did a great job of protecting and storing the restored seats in the ensuing 35 years, so they remain in perfect condition to this day!

The first few photographs in the sequence below show Francis stripping the bonnet back to bare aluminum. The fourth image shows galvanic corrosion at the right/rear edge of the bonnet.

Francis stripping the paint and primer from
the bonnet

The green layer is an etching primer that adheres
extremely well to the aluminum
Typical galvanic corrosion where aluminum
meets steel

Bonnet is now stripped to bare aluminum
Rob and Jan checking in on Topo

An original factory Miura bucket street
Interesting to observe the original factory trimwork

Note how the factory finished the trimming beneath
the seat base
Topo's seats were restored in 1984

Comparing Topo's restored seats with the original
I'd say the trimmer did a superb job back in 1984!

The following sequence of photos show Francis stripping the paint, primer and filler from the rear clip. The rear wings and boot compartment are aluminum, whereas the transverse braces running across the body are steel.

Francis using 'aircraft stripper' to remove paint
and primer by hand
It looks very much like factory primer and one
coat of paint

The aluminum panels that form the rear clip have
suffered only very minor damage

Note magnet attached to the steel brace panels

The panel behind the rear window is also steel
Time to strip the bonnet!

Rear bumper grille appears to be in its original finish
Interesting that it does not have the hardwood insert
noted in chassis # 3186 (also a 1967 P400)

Comparing the original 'satin' finish to a
traditional 'chassis black'

Fuel tank is not in great condition and will
be replaced

Insulating panels

Off the road since 1980, this 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400, affectionately known as 'Topo', is about to undergo a total restoration in the Team CJ Works.

The first owner of this special car was legendary racer, collector, raconteur, author and car guy extraordinaire, Toly Arutunoff. Mr. Arutunoff bought the car new in 1967 and immediately took it racing - because that's the type of thing he did!

Toly Arutunoff with Topo in 1967
Only Toly Arutunoff would buy a brand new Miura
and take it straight to the track!

Toly racing in Montgomery, Alabama in 1968

In the owner's garage, awaiting restoration

Loaded up and bound for the Team CJ Works
Bye for now!

Safely in the Team CJ Works

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