Lamborghini’s Polo Storico branch focuses on preserving and cherishing the Italian manufacturer's long line of incredible sports cars. Now, the heritage-focused restoration wing has turned its eye onto a one-of-a-kind Miura, a former custom conversion project that already built upon perhaps the most iconic of all of Lamborghini's historical offerings.
The Miura in question began its life as a normal green-over-black leather sports car, delivered new to a Turin buyer in 1968 and displayed the same year at the 50th Turin Motor Show. After passing through several owners, this example came into the possession of a German collector who undertook the immense project of converting the standard Miura into something so much more special.
The inspiration for the transformation goes back to Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace, who had, in turn, created his own one-off Miura medley, the P400 Jota (nicknamed the SVJ) in an effort to create an FIA-accepted Miura race car. Wallace’s final product upped the power output of the stock 3.9-liter V12 from 350 horses to 418 while dropping almost 800 pounds of weight by utilizing smaller fuel cells, lighter wheels, and extensive swapping of plastic components over stock steel pieces.
The one of a kind P400 Jota saw extensive track time before a crash ended its commission in 1971. The world was Jota-free until German collector Heinz Straber decided a rebirth was in order, and he set about to make his Miura match Wallace’s Jota down to the smallest detail. After an 18-month conversion process, Staber sold his new car— now known as the SVR— to a collection in Japan where it reached fame thanks to a role in the Circuit Wolf manga comic series.
The new owner of Straber’s SVR hired Lamborghini and Polo Storico to finish off the process begun more than 40 years earlier, while adding a couple of modern safety and comfort touches. The result is a car that represents the peak of Lamborghini’s style, performance, and history.
Paolo Gabrielli, director of the Polo Storico, explained the in-depth effort and attention to detail the project required, saying "The full restoration took 19 months and required a different approach to the way we normally work. The original production sheet wasn’t of much help, as we relied mostly on the specifications from the 1974 modifications. 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 variations on the original specifications were the addition of four-point safety belts, more supportive seats and a removable roll bar. These were expressly requested by the customer and are intended to improve safety during the car’s racetrack exhibitions.”
Other projects Polo Storico has completed, including a 10-month restoration of a different Miura and a Countach currently in process, haven’t quite reached the zenith of Lamborghini’s potential in the same way as this new edition of the famed SVR.