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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Lamborghini Has Returned this ’71 Miura to Like-New Condition

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The birth of the Lamborghini Miura marked a seminal moment in the Italian automaker’s lineage. Up until then, Lamborghini had only built one production car—the 350 GT—a front-engine grand touring coupe that wasn’t all that different from rival Enzo Ferrari’s road cars of the period. 

The Miura decisively changed that. In fact, it’s widely considered the world’s first “supercar” and it has been credited with spawning many (if not all) of the greats that have followed. With that in mind, it’s reasonable to see why Lamborghini’s heritage center might spend over a year restoring a single Miura. And they have… this one.

Built as a preproduction prototype, this Lamborghini Miura SV was the car that went on display at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. It has since had a nut-and-bolt restoration and now it makes its second big debut at this weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. What a sight.

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According to Lamborghini PoloStorico, the brand’s heritage center which first opened its doors last spring, the prototype show car featured a mix of Miura S and future SV components—a combination that doesn’t exactly make for an easy restoration.

Nevertheless, Lamborghini completely stripped the supercar to its bare chassis and slowly rebuilt it, using archive information, original production sheets, and other private Lamborghini records.

Everything that couldn’t be restored was replaced with original vintage Lamborghini components, of which the heritage center is said to be brimming with. Today it looks absolutely dazzling in its Verde Metallizata paint over tan leather interior, just as it would have looked on the Bertone stand, circa 1971. Not a thing out of place.

Why not the Lamborghini stand, you say? The company was rolling out another of its cars that year, perhaps you’ve heard of it—the Lamborghini Countach.



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It’s a stunning piece of machinery, and likely a very expensive one. How expensive? Well, exactly one year ago the first Lamborghini Miura SV delivered to US shores in 1971 was sold at the Amelia Island auction for a whopping $2.3 million. This one though? It won’t cross the auction block anytime soon, but perhaps “sky is the limit” would be an accurate estimate.