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 to be an appreciating and definitive supercar.
original Arancio Miura with Goby (sand), this European
specification SV has been restored by the acknowledged Italian masters of their
Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
leather interior was Goby (‘sand’) with a contrasting
dash in Testa di Moro (brown) and Goby carpets – a combination confirmed
by Bertone’s records and the one in which the car is presented today.
original German Kraftfahrzeugbrief (registration document)
that accompanies the car shows:
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’.
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’.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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):
Gatti (electrical work, rewiring): €13,930.00
Top Motors (mechanical rebuild): €54,542.00
Bussolari (trimming): €14,030.00
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.
results speak for themselves, and not only is the car presented to world-level standards, it is an exemplary driving machine. It was sold in 2016 to
the last European owner, also a VIP client of Kidston SA, and has only been driven 2,000km 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 condition, is a 'must have' for any 21st century collection.