After building cars for only three years in 1966, Lamborghini put one of the most beautiful cars ever in production, the first production road car with a massive V12 engine put transversely mid-mounted, never seen before in the world, the Lamborghini Miura would become a milestone in the history of Automobili Lamborghini SpA and make the marque famous all over the world.
Between 1966 and 1969 a total of 275 Miura P400 would be made before the Miura S was introduced to be built between 1969 and 1971, production reached 140 units ... and then it was time for the ultimate Lamborghini Miura, the SV or Spinto Veloce, the most sought-after Miura these days (apart from the original Miura Roadster or the Miura Jota recreation perhaps), only 150 units of the Miura SV were built between 1971 and 1972, the production of the Miura SV was halted after little over a year to be replaced by the amazing Lamborghini Countach.
Today a Miura SV in perfect condition is a very expensive car to buy, but a specific 1971 Lamborghini Miura built on special order for French industrialist Jacques Dembiermont just set a sky-high new record when she sold at the Gooding&Company Passion of a lifetime auction on September 5 at Hampton Court Palace ... with an estimate between £1.600.000 and £2.000.000 (that's €1.800.000-€2.250.000 or $2.125.000-$2.656.000), this very special car reached a high bid of no less than £2.850.000 (€3.200.000 or $3.785.000) before fees, which are usually 10%, so we're talking about a €3.5 million Miura.
So why is this specific 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV so valuable? Because it's called an SV Speciale, which means this isn't one of the standard Miura SV, this car was custom ordered with some very special options straight from the factory. Remember the famous Miura Jota, the car Bob Wallace built in his spare time as a pure-bred race car? Well, that car came with a dry sump lubrication and a ZF limited-slip differential, so when chassis 4878 with engine 30644 was ordered, Mr. Dembiermont wanted those on his Miura SV too.
In May 1971 this Oro Metallizzato Lamborghini Miura SV was ready for delivery, the original owner kept the car for about ten years before it was sold on but stayed in France, later this rare Miura SV Speciale would go to Norway and England ... the last owner had the car completely restored by Carrozzeria Autosport and Top Motors before driving it on the open roads in Europe ... today this is probably among the most important Miura SV in history, hence the record-setting sales price at auction.
Check out the original listing for this 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV on the Gooding&Company auction site.
At the same auction the very first production car Lamborghini started making in 1963 was also sold, a 1965 Lamborghini 350GT finished in a stunning dark blue body over a red leather interior, chassis 0226 with engine 0181 received an estimate between £400.000 and £550,000 but was eventually sold for £379,500 before fees (€426.000 or $504.000)