The Miura SV was Lamborghini’s flagship supercar from 1966 to 1972, and labeled the world’s fastest production upon its launch. The vehicle’s creation began when a few of Lamborghini’s best engineers decided to use their spare time to create a prototype they hoped would be a racecar for the road.
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While Lamborghini didn’t fully support it, they gave their prized engineers the okay to move forward with the project, originally called the P400. The Italian manufacturer assumed that if the vehicle was not to become a success for sales, its profound performance would at least turn it into a powerful marketing tool.
The particular Miura you see above happens to be a Miura unlike any other. Originally purchased by British rock star Rod Stewart, it was sold in 1985, when it received a $190,000 restoration at Sant’ Agata, along with an $86,000 rebuild to the engine. SV stands for “spinto veloce,” and means its 4.0-Liter V12 engine has been tuned to 390 hp and given new wheels along with an improved suspension. The Miura is number 701 of only 765 ever off the line, and one of seven that were right-hand drive, making this classic even more exclusive and valuable.
The vehicle sold for an incredible $1,500,000 in September, a bit of a rise from its original 1972 price of $13,000. The Miura is being offered by the United Kingdom’s Talacrest dealership. However, if you’d like to buy the vehicle yourself, you’ll have to call to negotiate the price.