Lamborghini once owned by Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay ‘to sell for £2.75m’

A classic Lamborghini ‘supercar’, owned by Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay and taken for a spin on Top Gear with Richard Hammond, is going to auction – tipped to sell for a whopping £2.75 million.

The red 1972 Miura P400 SV was bought by pop star Kay at the height of his chart success and became part of his extensive collection of vintage motorcycles.

The rare Lamborghini – also known as the first supercar – was one of only 150 models produced, with a V12 engine that allowed it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just five seconds and reach a top speed of 280 km/h .

Kay, 54, showed off the vehicle in a 2004 episode of BBC car show Top Gear, driving it with Hammond in the passenger seat.

The pop star was filmed saying as he drove: ‘This car was so ahead of its time – it’s an amazing, amazing thing.’

The red 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV is auctioned by RM Sotheby’s
Funk band Jamiroquai’s lead singer Jay Kay, pictured in Windsor Great Park in July 2009, is a former owner of the supercar now up for sale
Auctioneers have tipped the vehicle to sell for as much as £2.75 million
Thanks to the 300 km/h V12 engine, the car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just five seconds

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Other proud owners of Lamborghini Miuras include Frank Sinatra and Sir Rod Stewart.

Kay’s old one is being sold by RM Sotheby’s, whose listing reads: ‘It is a legend that ‘supercar’ – the title given to all contemporary cars of the highest performance – was first applied in print to the Lamborghini Miura. ‘

The auctioneer quotes the English motoring journalist LJK Setright who describes a 1,600 kilometer drive in a then new Miura from Modena in Italy to the English capital London in 1967.

Setright wrote: ‘The exuberant scream of a thoroughbred V12 is like nothing else in motorsport. It is immediate, urgent and compelling.

‘The Lambo idles at about 800 rpm and a gentle blip to 2,000 rpm caused a kind of instant acceleration from everyone in the square, like a WO trying to get attention.

‘It might develop 87.5bhp per litre, but from ridiculously low revs it would pull as smoothly and relentlessly as a Silver Ghost.

“It was clear this was going to be an amazing car.”

London auctioneer RM Sotheby’s adds: ‘In the early 1990s the car was purchased by a collector in Hong Kong, who commissioned the Modena Group to carry out a complete restoration.

‘Afterwards the car passed to renowned musician and vintage car collector, Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, and in his possession it was featured in a 2004 episode of Top Gear.

Jay Kay was seen driving the Lamborghini in an episode of Top Gear in 2004
The singer has achieved chart success with hits such as the single Virtual Insanity in 1996
He was joined on his Top Gear drive by show co-host Richard Hammond
Jay Kay called the car ‘a wonderful thing’ during his Top Gear appearance
The auctioneer quotes a 1967 magazine review describing the Lamborghini Miura as ‘an astonishing car’
Car reviewer LJK Setright said in his 1967 article about the vehicle: ‘The jubilant cry of a thoroughbred V12 is like nothing else in motorsport’
Jay Kay himself said about the Lamborghini in 2004: ‘This car was so far ahead of its time’
Other owners of Lamborghini Miuras include Frank Sinatra and Sir Rod Stewart
Only 150 of this rare Lamborghini Miura were produced
It is believed that the vehicle was the first to be labeled ‘supercar’

‘Shortly afterwards it was acquired from him by the famous British collector Michael Cotter.’

The Lamborghini auction will take place on June 1 in Toronto, Canada.

Kay previously put three vehicles from his 110-strong supercar collection up for sale five years ago for a total of £2.5 million.

He offered a 1973 Porsche 911, a 2016 Ferrari F12 and a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT.

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