1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SVCoachwork by Bertone
If the Lamborghini Miura is the original supercar, then the SV is the seminal Miura. Just 150 were built, 1971-1973, and today they are the most sought-after of all Lamborghinis, vying with the Ferrari Daytona Spyder and more common Ferrari 275GTB/4 for honours as the most valuable of all late ‘60s/ early ‘70s roadgoing sports cars but arguably bettering them both in terms of looks and driving excitement. Underlining this, in January 2011 a Miura SV prototype sold at auction for $1.705 million.
Chassis ‘4880’, a European specification Miura SV with factory air conditioning, was supplied new via SEA in Rome finished in Rosso Corsa with senape (mustard) leather upholstery. Later exported to the USA, it was crashed at 23,000km and ended up in Rudi Klein’s famous L.A. ‘treasure trove’ of wrecked exotics for almost a decade. German dealer/ restorer Mario Linke finally tracked it down, acquired it and brought it back to Europe where he entrusted the chassis work to the Lamborghini factory and the bodywork to ex-Bizzarrini works foreman Salvatore Diomante’s coachbuilding facility near Turin. Mr Linke sold the Miura circa 2002 via German dealer Axel Schuette to one of the country’s most respected collectors, Friedhelm Loh (owner at the time of the world’s most valuable car ever sold, the ex-Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196) who kept it until 2008.
That year chassis ‘4880’ was acquired from Mr Loh with Kidston SA’s assistance by the current owner. We arranged to have various details rectified including a complete repaint in the original Rosso Corsa by Bachelli & Villa near Modena, mechanical sorting by FB Motors near Geneva (who look after several Miura SVs) and electrics by William Gatti in Modena. This beautifully presented SV is now properly run in and is used regularly in France, where the owner keeps a home. It comes with factory build records, recent restoration invoices and photos and French Carte Grise.