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Lamborghini celebrates 50 years of the iconic Miura

ALL CLASS: Half a century of the most beautiful sportscar ever made? Lamborghini restores the 1971 Miura SV used at the Geneva Motor Show back to perfection.
ALL CLASS: Half a century of the most beautiful sportscar ever made? Lamborghini restores the 1971 Miura SV used at the Geneva Motor Show back to perfection.

FOR many car enthusiasts, the Lamborghini Miura is the most beautiful and desirable car ever created, with examples owned by style-conscious drivers like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and Miles Davis. It is a deeply cool classic car.

The model is 50 years old in 2016, and to celebrate, Lamborghini Polo Storico has restored the Miura SV shown at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, resplendent in its original metallic green paint with tan leather interior. After a year-long restoration, the mid-engined sports car was unveiled at the Amelia Island concours event in Florida.

Restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Photo: Contributed.
Restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Photo: Contributed.

This example was a pre-production version of the Miura SV, which was the world's fastest production road car when it arrived in 1971. Just 150 SVs were made from a total of 764 Miuras, and boasted 283kW and 388Nm from its glorious 4.0-litre V12 engine.

It was displayed on designer Bertone's stand in 1971, alongside Lamborghini's new Countach, and during restoration, Polo Storico used photos and historic archives to return every panel to its original lines and angles. Original Lamborghini parts have been used throughout, with "each detail of the Geneva show car being respected rather than adopting later production SV parts."

Restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Photo: Contributed.
Restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Photo: Contributed.

The value of this particularly historic Miura is unknown, but the current record is for a 1971 SV sold at auction for $2.475million (AUD$3.32million) in August 2015.

Restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Photo: Contributed.
Restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Photo: Contributed.

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