The Lamborghini Miura SV is, in the simplest terminology, one of the true legends of the supercar world.
The Miura SV, more properly the Lamborghini Miura P400SV, was the last and greatest of the Miura model line. It featured a reworked engine over the previous models, new carburetors in a new configuration and a reworked body line that gave it a slightly lower, far more aggressive stance.
Pushing out 385 HP from its transverse 4.0-liter V12, it was also the fastest main series production Miura, able to reach speeds over 160 MPH.
Despite the popularity of the model, the 1970s, unfortunately, saw the oil crisis as well as a worldwide financial recession. As such, demand fell off a cliff for supercars, and only 147 Miura SV’s were produced, with 3 prototypes modified to production-spec bringing the total to 150.
Now, at SilverstoneAuctions in the UK, one of these Miura SV’s is going to cross the block on July 31.
What makes lot #535 so desirable is that it is in an ever-shrinking rarity category. 1 of 147 made. 1 of 94 with the late-model split sump engine. 1 of only 11 produced in right-hand drive.
From the factory, it came with the optional air conditioning package, limited-slip differential, and full stereo radio pack.
Touting only 32,014 miles on the odometer, chassis number 5036 has had a storied history. It arrived in Australia in 1972 and found its way into the hands of a Lamborghini enthusiast who kept it until 1975.
It was then sold to the second owner, who kept it until 2004, when it was sold with just 30,266 miles. It was showing its age, however, by this time.
As such, Lamborghini Australia recommissioned it on their own dollar, as it was a running, working example of one of the first true supercars in the world. The restoration, estimated to cost in excess of $55,000 in 2004 dollars, including stripping the paint down to bare metal and building up all-new paint, as well as stripping, cleaning, refurbishing, and reinstalling all the suspension and running gear.
In 2010, the owner at the time put down another $55,000 2010 dollars to have the engine completely rebuilt. For the rebuilt, Lamborghini Australia commissioned restoration experts from Sant’Agata Bolognese to fly down and perform the rebuild to the factory’s exacting specifications.
Lastly, it was sold sometime during the 2010’s to its current owner in the UK, who paid to have it shipped and imported. However, they noticed that the original sale sheet stated that the car came from the factory in Rosso Corsa, or Racing Red, and as such paid an unknown sum to have the car stripped to metal again and repainted in the original color, using paints bought specifically from Lamborghini’s HQ to ensure that it was the exact color.
Currently sitting at 32,015 miles, this ultra-rare example of a right hand drive Miura SV is expected to cross the block between £1,800,000 to £2,400,000, or $2.3 to $3.01 million.