1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SVSOLD
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This sublime Miura SV 5104 was the sixth-last SV off the production line. Its production number is 757 and all components (doors, front and rear bonnets, rear fins) bear the same number. It is exceptional from every point of view, as it has only done 3,500 miles since leaving the factory.

Sold new to Guatemala on 22 September 1972 through Lamborghini's Madrid dealer Herrera, this SV has superb Rosso Granada livery and a beige leather interior, air conditioning, Autovox radio and safety-belts: all mentioned on the original invoice, which the buyer will receive.

The car was subsequently bought and imported by a Belgian named Galina (original import document supplied) on 9 February 1990. He kept it for 11 years (repainting it in its original colour) before selling it to the current owner in 2001.The vendor's mechanic, Franck Opderbeck, then replaced the callipers and the entire cooling circuit (with stainless steel pipes), and thoroughly revised the ignition system, carburation and air-conditioning. The four tyres have driven only 625 miles.

This example, only third-hand, is surely the finest Miura SV in circulation, with very few miles on the clock and a never-replaced, strictly original interior in dazzling condition. It is 'matching numbers' in every respect, and drives supremely well, as we observed during practice for the film. All five senses are solicited at the wheel: smell - you are assailed by the whiff of authenticity as soon as you sit down; touch - as you handle the leather-lined steering wheel and soft gear-knob; sight - with your eyes attracted to the bonnet's voluptuous curves and the engine vibrating in the rear mirror; hearing - the staggering music of the V12 as it revs up; and finally… taste - you'd better devour this car, or it will devour you first!

This is clearly the most desirable and accomplished model from the masterly GT range designed by Gandini, which has left a permanent mark on automobile history. A myth… yet a reality.

French registration "carte grise"

Reference Number 87092

as of 6/21/2010

Overview
Car 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
VIN 5104 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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Known History

The definitive Lamborghini Miura P400, fitted by Bertone with virile yet sensuous bodywork designed by Marcello Gandini, created a sensation when it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. Its mechanical characteristics were equally top-grade. Ferruccio Lamborghini had been keen to impress Enzo Ferrari, who had voiced scepticism about his ability as a constructor. He did just that.

 

The Miura's technical specifications were totally different from cars being produced at Maranello, which were designed for the road and had only recently acquired independent rear wheels. The Miura's elaborate chassis was both rigid and lighter than Ferrari's tubular chassis, and the engine's mid-mounted positioning (rear wheel drive) would prove a landmark. Its rack-and-pinion steering was also superior to its rivals' when it came to precision and response.

 

The 12-cylinder, 4-litre V/ACT engine (initially designed by Giotto Bizzarrini), which already equipped the 400 GT, had been upped to 350bhp in the standard version, and 430bhp in the Sprint version (manufacturer's contemporary data). It was a bijou of mechanical construction: a single piece cast in light alloy, uniting the cylinder blocks, sump and transaxle. The ensemble required high-precision machining and mounting, and each Miura was assembled manually, like a prototype.

 

The new Lamborghini caused quite a stir, promptly becoming the must-own supercar amongst those who could afford it - both for its performance- levels and its style. Ferruccio Lamborghini had every reason to be proud of this matchless creation. Even so, he wanted to go even further and, after various modifications and improvements, came up with the more powerful P400 S in 1969, followed in 1971 by the P400 SV - considered the finest of all Miuras. The refined, dynamic P400 SV had benefited from years of development, and had higher performance-levels. The chassis, axle-units, suspension, aerodynamics, wheels (Campagnolo specials), body detail and smoother engine defined a car that was not necessarily faster (180mph even so), but safer, easier to handle and with better acceleration. Even its designers thought it 'different' from the P400 and P400 S, crediting it with far more rigorous and precise road-holding at high speed. The P400 SV represented the pinnacle of Miura achievement, and was the last Lamborghini produced under Ferruccio Lamborghini's personal supervision - he sold his shares in Automobili Lamborghini SpA in April 1972.