Lamborghini's Polo Storico restoration division has restored the only Miura SVR ever made. Could this be the ultimate Miura?
With only 763 Lamborghini Miuras produced between 1966 and 1972, any specimen given the restoration treatment makes headlines. However, this particular one, the Miura SVR, remains the holy grail for any well-heeled Lamborghini aficionado – and it's been restored by Lamborghini themselves!
The Miura SVR has achieved legendary status among collectors, depicting everything you could possibly want with Lambo's first brainchild. A race car evolution of the fabled Jota, developed by test driver Bob Wallace, global cult phenomena found the SVR appearing in no end of media - even inspiring Japanese manga Circuit Wolf.
Well, the fabled Miura is back! And it's looking better than ever. Returned to its former splendor by Lamborghini's specialist restoration department, Polo Storico, the SVR has enjoyed an inaugural unveiling during an event organised in its honour at Nakayama Circuit, Japan, upon where it was delivered to its new custodian.
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Paolo Gabrielli, Lamborghini Head of After Sales and Director of the Polo Storico, said: 'The full restoration took 19 months and required a different approach to the way we normally work. The original production sheet wasn’t of much help, as we relied mostly on the specifications from the 1974 modifications.
'The challenge for the Polo Storico team was even more daunting as the car arrived in Sant’Agata in pieces, although the parts were all there, and with considerable modifications.'
'The only variations on the original specifications were the addition of 4-point safety belts, more supportive seats and a removable roll bar. These were expressly requested by the customer and are intended to improve safety during the car’s racetrack exhibitions.'
Those of a 1:18 scale-model persuasion may well recognise the vehicle, providing the basis for the highly-sought Kyosho Miura Jota SVR. Joining the likes of original Corgi Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5s, these Kyosho models sell for hundreds of pounds through online auctions.
Plans for the freshly-restored Miura's use are forthcoming.
What is the Lamborghini Miura SVR?
Back in 1970, Lamborghini's test driver – Bob Wallace – had an itch to scratch. Feeling the need to create a FIA-spec racing version of the Miura, the end result was the coveted P400 'Jota'.
Surging forward with an upgraded engine, pushing out in excess of 418 bhp, Wallace added new aerodynamic pieces and fixed headlamps. Remarkably, he also cut 800 pounds of weight from the already slim frame by opting for smaller fuel tanks, lighter wheels and exchanging the pre-existing steel body components for plastic ones. With hindsight, this may not have been wise; as it was destroyed in a crash little more than 12 months later.
After Wallace's Jota was written-off in an accident, incessant customer demand pushed Automobili Lamborghini to build a handful of Miura SVJ models. Yet, the best vehicle was still to come; a single Miura SVR. The one-off was eventually sold in Japan, bearing chassis number #3781, engine number #2511 and body number #383.
Originally an 'S' variant, painted in trademark Verde Miura (bright green) with black interior, the bespoke Miura was delivered to the Lamborauto dealership in Turin, Italy in 1968, following its display at the 50th Turin Motor Show.
The Lamborghini then changed hands no less than eight times, bought in 1974 by Heinz Staber, who was responsible for tuning it further into the beast we worship today. The task took 18 months to complete, with Staber returning the car to the Lamborghini factory to undergo no-end of mechanical and cosmetic surgery. Not that Straber kept it long.
In 1976 the car was sold to Hiromitsu Ito and made its way to Japan, where it caused quite a sensation, including the inspiration for the Circuit Wolf comic book series.