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Say hello to the ultimate Lamborghini Miura
One-off Miura SVR fully restored by Lambo's Polo Storico department
That’s it, Internet. We’ve hit peak Lamborghini. It doesn’t get any better than this.
What you’re looking at is the one-off Miura SVR – a car its manufacturer describes as “one of the most astonishing Lamborghinis ever built” – freshly restored to its former glory by the company’s Polo Storico department. It began life as a ‘regular’ Miura, which, resplendent in green over a black leather interior, was delivered to a dealer in Turin in 1968. After changing hands eight times it was sold to a German – Heinz Straber – who commissioned the transformation into the car you see here. We like Heinz.
Basically, it’s an even more extreme version of an already very extreme Lamborghini – the SVJ. Developed by revered Lambo test driver Bob Wallace, the original was destroyed in an accident, but the factory would later build a handful (by converting existing chassis) for customers who asked. But Heinz wanted something even more extreme, hence the SVR. It took Lambo 18 months to convert, but dear Heinz must have had a change of heart half way through the build, because soon as it was done he sold it to a chap in Japan.
And that’s where it stayed for four decades, serving as inspiration for a comic-book series called “Circuit Wolf” and acting as a base for a scale model by Japanese toy company Kyosho.
Polo Storico boss Paolo Gabrielli said the restoration took 19 months. “The original production sheet wasn’t of much help, as we relied mostly on the specifications from the 1974 modifications,” he said. “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 bits that deviate from the original spec are the more supportive seats, four-point harnesses and removable roll bar that are “intended to improve safety during the car’s racetrack exhibitions”. Good news.