• Lamborghini Polo Storico restores the iconic Miura SVR

Arguably the most valuable Miura ever built

Lamborghini Polo Storico, the arm that handles Lambo’s classic models, has completed the restoration of one of the most famous Miura models ever built, the Miura SVR. Based on the Miura Jota, a prototype that was destroyed before it made into production, the SVR was showcased at Japan’s Nakayama Circuit before it was delivered to its owner.

Lamborghini Polo Storico restores the iconic Miura SVR Exterior
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Produced between 1966 and 1972 in only 763 units, the Miura is one of Lamborghini's most iconic supercars

Produced between 1966 and 1972 in only 763 units, the Miura is one of Lamborghini’s most iconic supercars, and it’s regarded as the world’s first production vehicle with a mid-engined layout. The Miura received two important updates before it was replaced by the Countach, but the most aggressive version of the supercar, the Jota, disappeared before it made it into production. Built by Bob Wallace and some of Lambo’s staff in their spare time, the Jota made headlines as soon as it was spotted in the wild, and customers began asking for upgrades. This is how the Miura SVJ, build in a few units, and the Miura SVR, a one-off car, was born.

The SVR’s story is interesting to say the last. The base car, chassis no. 3781, was born as a Miura S and originally delivered to a dealership in Turin, Italy in 1968, following its display at the Turin Motor Show. The supercar had various owners until 1974 when German enthusiast Heinz Straber sent it back to Lambo to have it converted in an SVR. The transformation took 18 months, and the car was then sold to Hiromitsu Ito, who took it to Japan.

Lamborghini Polo Storico restores the iconic Miura SVR Exterior
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The vehicle was rebuilt back to its original specs, with the only modification being the addition of four-point safety belts, improved seats, and a removal roll bar

Forty years later and Lambo received the only SVR ever built for a full restoration. The car arrived in pieces at Sant’Agata, and while all the parts were there, some had extensive modifications. The restoration took no fewer than 19 months, a bit more than needed to build the original. The vehicle was rebuilt back to its original specs, with the only modification being the addition of four-point safety belts, improved seats, and a removal roll bar, elements requested by the owner for improved safety at the track.

It’s really fantastic to see the unique Miura SVR get a makeover and it’s great to learn that its owner will showcase the car at various events on the race track. It would be interesting to find out how much this supercar is worth right now, but I have strong doubts that we’ll be seeing it at an auction event anytime soon.

Further reading

1966 - 1969 Lamborghini Miura
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Read our full review on the 1966 - 1969 Lamborghini Miura.

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Press release

Lamborghini Polo Storico has completed restoration of one of the most famous Miuras ever built: the Miura SVR. On the occasion of its delivery, the car was also exhibited at Japan’s Nakayama Circuit.

As is well-documented, only 763 Lamborghini Miuras were produced, between 1966 and 1972, at the company’s plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The number of Miuras built outside of Sant’Agata, however, is much greater, as numerous model car manufacturers have created a scale version of what is one of the most iconic vehicles in automobile history.

Among these was Japan’s Kyosho, which produced 1:18 scale models of both the Lamborghini Miura SV and Miura SVR. The Kyosho SVR, in particular, has achieved legendary status among collectors, since it depicts one of the most astonishing Lamborghinis ever built, the Miura SVR: a race car evolution of the fabled Jota developed by Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace, which was even featured in the Japanese manga “Circuit Wolf”.

After Wallace’s Jota was lost in an accident, incessant customer demand in the following years led Automobili Lamborghini to build a few Miura SVJ models and - remarkably - a single Miura SVR. The latter was eventually sold in Japan, where it served as the “model” for both the vehicle used in the comic book and the Kyosho toy version. The car is the Miura SVR chassis number #3781, which has been returned to its former splendor by the Polo Storico specialists, and exhibited during an event organized in its honor at Nakayama Circuit in Japan.

The Miura with chassis number #3781, engine number 2511 and body number 383 was born as an S version painted in trademark Verde Miura with black interior. It was originally delivered to the Lamborauto dealership in Turin, Italy, on 30 November 1968, following its display at the 50th Turin Motor Show.

After changing hands eight times in Italy, the vehicle was bought in 1974 by German Heinz Straber, who took it back to Sant’Agata in order to have it transformed in an SVR - a job that required 18 months of work. 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.

The vehicle’s legend was further cemented when it was chosen by Kyosho as the base for its renowned scale model, whose lines and colors made this SVR an indelible part of toy car lore.

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.”

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