1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SVCoachwork by Bertone
A European-specification Miura SV in the definitive colour for the model
Untouched in Peter Kaus’s Rosso Bianco Museum for nearly 30 years
In concours condition following a total ‘ground-up’ restoration, 2014-2016, by award-winning specialists Carrozzeria Cremonini and Top Motors
Swansong of the Miura dynasty, the SV was launched at the 1971 Geneva Salon. Barely 150 were built before production ended early in 1973. Today, the Miura SV is widely considered the most beautiful and desirable Lamborghini ever made.
In original Arancio Miura with Goby (sand) leather, this SV is one of the finest in existence.
The Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
Available in a kaleidoscope of colours and needing little introduction, the Lamborghini Miura was the wildest poster car of the late-1960s generation. It was the first mid-engined sports car in series production: a favourite of rock stars, the European Jet Set and the absolute rulers of the Middle East.
From the innovative but hastily developed P400, Lamborghini’s engineers constantly strove to develop the Miura. A stiffer chassis, vented disc brakes, better Pirelli tyres and improved cabin ventilation were some of the improvements seen on later P400s and P400 Ss, but the last-of-the-line 1971 P400 SV was something else: the finest Miura yet and, finally, a complete package.
With a more aggressive stance and beefed-up bodywork to cover wider wheels and tyres, the SV looked the business – even the ‘eyelashes’ had gone. Small changes to suspension geometry and a nominal increase in output to 385bhp made the SV the most potent and accomplished Miura of them all.
The new SV was bought by the same eclectic mix of wealthy and sometimes celebrity enthusiasts who were drawn to the original P400. Qatar’s ruling Al Thani family owned one; so did rock legend Rod Stewart; the Shah of Iran’s was peacock blue – and he also took delivery of the first SVJ, the most valuable Miura ever.
Miura SV production eventually ran just short of 150 examples and today some are still ‘missing in action’. The best were to European specification, so had no side repeaters or other US imposed safety features. Today, the P400 SV remains the most prized production Miura – and this is one of the best.
This Motor Car
According to factory records, Lamborghini Miura SV chassis 4854 was completed mid-July 1971 and delivered on 30 July 1971 to German Lamborghini agent and well-known racing driver Hubert Hahne. An occasional single-seater pilot – with two starts in the German GP at the Nürburgring – Hahne is best known for his exploits in saloons. In 1968, he was the first driver to record a sub-10-minute touring car lap of the ’Ring.
This Miura was an early – one of the first 25 – P400 SV, manufactured to German-market specification that included no ‘ears’ on the wheel spinners and rounded edges to the bodywork slats. Coachwork supplier Bertone’s production records reveal that ‘4854’ was originally painted Arancio Miura, whilst the Lamborghini factory archive documents reveal that it was finally delivered to the customer in Luci del Bosco (‘lights of the forest’, a mid-brown) – a typical last-minute overpaint made in period to keep clients happy.
The leather interior was Goby leather (‘sand’) with a contrasting dash and tunnel in Moro (brown) and Goby carpets – a combination confirmed by Bertone’s records and the one in which the car is presented today.
The original German Kraftfahrzeugbrief (registration document) that accompanies the car shows:
Hahne sold ‘4854’ to Albert Schmalbach (Wendentorwall 17, Braunschweig, Germany) on 10 September 1971 who registered it ‘BS-AS 137’. Two years later, on 15 August 1973, Berlin resident Peter Plettner (1000 Berlin, 1 Berlin 61, Germany) owned the Miura SV and it bore the plate ‘B-K 97’.
From Plettner, in April 1977 ownership passed to Doris Kohlenbach of Burgerstrasse 22, Neuendorf, Germany. The car was registered in the North German district of Itzehoe, Schleswig Holstein, as ‘IZ-V 903’.
In the early 1980s, former racer, renowned collector and enthusiast of any powerful (and preferably Italian) two-seater, Peter Kaus, purchased ‘4854’ for his world-famous Rosso Bianco Museum. It shared space with significant Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and McLaren Can-Am cars – a genre of particular appeal to Kaus, a man of fine taste who also owned the mid-blue ‘Walter Wolf Countach’.
For the next three decades the SV remained on display in Kaus’s museum, with some use on the Autobahn. A copy of a service invoice dated 18 February 1985 from Nuova Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini SpA includes an odometer reading of 60,813km. In September 2003, inspected by Simon Kidston in the Rosso Bianco Museum, this had increased to 63,105km, in March 2014 it was 63,133 – only 25km in 11 years.
Kaus closed the museum in 2006, admitting defeat in his battles with the local authorities, and began the careful disposal of most of the cars soon after. Acting on behalf of a VIP client, Kidston SA acquired ‘4854’ in 2014, then red but still with its original Goby interior. Colour apart, the car had never been restored. It was the perfect Miura SV to join other significant models in a carefully curated, ‘best of the best’ Lamborghini collection.
Under our careful management, the finest Italian restoration companies in the business embarked on a standard-setting, ‘nut and bolt’ restoration of ‘4854’. From 2014 to 2016 every single component of the car was carefully assessed and wherever possible restored to better than new. Award-winning coachbuilders Carrozzeria Cremonini painstakingly hand-stripped the chassis and body, revealing the layers of first Luci del Bosco, then Arancio Miura paintwork. All panels were corrected for fit and gap before careful reassembly and the skilful application of several coats of vibrant Arancio Miura.
All mechanical work was undertaken by Top Motors, the Salvioli’s father-and-son company comprised of ex-Lamborghini mechanics. Automotive electricians Gatti were entrusted with rewiring the car, while trimmers Bussolari retrimmed the interior to original specification.
These experienced craftsmen of the Modena area completed ‘4854’ in May 2016. The final restoration bill of €271,324 breaks down as follows:
- Carrozzeria Cremonini (body, painting): €188,822.00
- Gatti (electrical work, rewiring): €13,930.00
- Top Motors (mechanical rebuild): €54,542.00
- Bussolari (trimming): €14,030.00
This is the same team who restored the Miura SV ‘5110’ which won the Lamborghini class at Pebble Beach in 2013. They are the best in the business.
The results speak for themselves, and not only is the car presented to world-level concours standards, it is an exemplary driving machine. It was sold in 2016 to the present European owner, also a VIP client of Kidston SA, and has only been driven circa 1,300km since.
Since completion ‘4854’ has shared garage space with cars such as a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider and 250 GT SWB Competizione. It remains today totally ‘on the button’, ready for tours, concours or simply an exhilarating drive to the Italian Riviera and beyond. The SV was unquestionably the best-looking and most accomplished Miura, the car the brilliant creators of the model always intended. This car, in superlative, ‘as new’ condition is simply impossible to improve – for those waiting for the ‘perfect SV’, your car has arrived.