Name: 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
Year(s) Produced: 1971
Number Built: One-off
Class: Sports car
Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe
Engine: 239.8 cui, 3929cc DOHC 2, 60 degrees V12
Power: 385bhp @ 7850 rpm
0-60mph: 5.75 seconds
Top Speed: 170 mph
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Length/width/height: 172.8 in./ 70.1 in./ 43.3 in.
Wheelbase: 98.6 inches
Base Price: N/A
Highest Price: N/A
Widely considered to be the first true supercar, the Miura is a big part of Lamborghini’s history–not to mention one of the most beautiful cars ever made. One particular Miura had its share of the spotlight in the recently concluded annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. Trotting along on stage was a fully restored 1971 Miura SV (Super Veloce)– and this is no ordinary Miura. Even though some may claim that it shares a certain affinity to the rest of the 150 builds that have gone along with it on the assembly line, still this gorgeously green gem is a truly “one-off” creation. This particular Miura has been the subject of a complete restoration courtesy of Sant’Agata’s relatively young restoration arm, PoloStorico.
Bearing its badge as chassis number 4846, this Miura first made its debut on the Bertone stand during the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, where it was featured together with the Italian automaker’s new Countach. The Lamborghini Countach popularized the wedge-shaped look that still defines the supercar genre. By 1971 automotive design standards, the Miura was lowered in status from Mona Lisa to Frida Kahlo’s unibrow. According to Lamborghini, #4846 is a “truly one-off car” consisted of parts from the Miura S and groundbreaking features that will later on be included on later SV models.
The company’s recently established PoloStorico Division – roughly translated as ‘classic hub’ – was in charge of #4846’s complete restoration. PoloStorico was created last year to offer parts and full restorations to owners of classic Lambos, and as it seemed, they’re off for a good start having the Miura SV as their first completed project. With PoloStorico doing a very exhaustive research, inspecting each individual body panel, and capping all of them in this beautiful Verde Metallazata – literally green metallic finish, then you have a masterpiece that equals to none. Some might wonder at this point why Lamborghini embarked on this restoration project right now, and why choose Amelia Island for the big unveiling? Here is what PoloStorico’s top brass, Enrico Maffeo, has to say.
“This is a very important car, not only for its place in history as the Geneva show car and the forerunner of future Miura SV models built, but as the first completed project of Lamborghini PoloStorico. We are delighted to be able, with the consent of the owner, to show this car for the first time in its perfectly restored state, at the important Amelia Island event. This is also the year in which the Lamborghini Miura celebrates its 50th anniversary. This car not only illustrates the iconic appeal of the Miura, widely acknowledged as the forerunner of modern super sports models, but is also a perfect example of the expertise available in Lamborghini PoloStorico in providing the most authentic Lamborghini restorations.”
Now that the PoloStorico division had its first taste of success with #4846’s restoration, they are looking forward for more great projects along Lamborghini’s line of vintage models.
As mentioned earlier, the Miura’s SV line only saw 150 builds, with one particular car –chassis #4906 – auctioned at RM Sotheby’s selling at US$2.5 million. This is truly one car that most people will envy for. Take a look at some of its stunning photos courtesy of TopGear.com.