Following a complete restoration from the company’s Polo Storico department, the world’s only Lamborghini Miura SVR has been revealed to the world once again.
Miuras still remain among the rarest classic exotics on the planet, with only 763 examples produced between 1966 and 1972, but this one is much more special, as Lamborghini only ever made a single SVR.
The ultimate version of the Miura is essentially an evolution of the Jota that was developed by Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace. After Wallace’s Jota was destroyed in an accident, customer demand led Lamborghini to build a few SVJ models and a single SVR that found its way to Japan.
The mysterious Miura SVR was then immortalized in the Japanese manga “Circuit Wolf” and gained legendary status, also thanks to Kyosho’s scale model, which is also a highly sought-after collectable.
Chassis number #3781, engine number 2511 and body number 383 started life as a Miura S finished in Verde Miura (green) with a black interior. It was originally delivered in Turin on November 20, 1968. After changing hands eight times in Italy, the car was bought by German Heinz Straber, who assigned Lamborghini with the SVR conversion – a job that required 18 months of work.
In 1976, the world’s only Miura SVR was sold to Hiromitsu Ito, with the car heading to Japan, where it resides to this day. “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”, said Paolo Gabrielli, Director of Polo Storico.
“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,” Gabrielli added. “These were expressly requested by the customer and are intended to improve safety during the car’s racetrack exhibitions.”