1972 Lamborghini Miura SV restored by Polo Storico for Jean Todt
Polo Storico, Lamborghini’s restoration and heritage division, has unveiled a beautiful 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV owned by FIA President Jean Todt.
The car originated in 1972 from a 1968 Miura chassis, which was resurrected from an accident before being delivered in a gorgeous Rosso Corsa colour to its owner, a Mr Macin, in South Africa. Today, some 47 years later, the SV uses the original hue.
According to Lamborghini, the restoration project took 13 months, where every part of the car was dismantled and essentially stripped down to its bare chassis. This allowed the restorers to check every part to ensure it corresponded with its original numbers.
Polo Storico also certified that the parts and work undertaken conformed to the original factory paperwork from the 1972 assembly.
Jean Todt’s 283kW/400Nm V12 Miura SV was unveiled to the public for the first time since restoration at Rétromobile, a classic car show in Paris, alongside a 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT which is currently undergoing restoration work.
Lamborghini’s CEO Stefano Domenicali was able to personally hand the Miura’s keys back to Jean Todt in a fitting ceremony.
The Miura’s SV badge stands for ‘Super Veloce’ or ‘Super Fast’. The Miura was, in fact, the first Lamborghini to get an SV badge. It has also landed its name on other classics from the brand including the Diablo, Murcielago and Aventador.
Only 150 Miura SVs were ever built and sold globally, making them an extremely rare collector’s car. At the 2018 RM Sotheby’s Auction, a 1971 SV sold for a whopping USD$2.2m (AUD$3m).
Polo Storico was founded in 2016 by Lamborghini and is the company’s in-house restoration department. The division manages all of Lamborghini’s heritage collection and oversees its vintage archives.
The department also recreates and produces spare parts for its classic sports cars, ensuring that Lamborghini owners can use their cars confidently without having to worry about the inability to replace broken or worn parts.