Back in 1966, Lamborghini introduced what would be their first V12, mid-engined supercar – the Miura. Produced until 1973, the Italian automaker only made a handful of these models; specifically, only 763 Miuras were produced. In 1970, Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace converted a Miura into racing specification called the P400 Jota. Unfortunately, the sole example crashed and burned to the ground in 1971.
Due to customer demand, Lamborghini created several examples of the Jota called the SVJ. Furthermore, they also built a single Miura SVR which we see here today. In fact, the brand's Polo Storico restoration division has recently just completed a full-restoration of the lone example and was exhibited at a special event organized in Nakayama Circuit in Japan.
The Miura SVR is a post-production conversion by Lamborghini Automobili themselves. It originally started life as a standard Miura S painted in Verde Miura (Green) with black interior and bearing the chassis number #3781, engine number 2511 and body number 383. After changing hands eight times, Heinz Straber sent the car back to Sant’Agata in 1974 to have it converted to SVR-specifications.
Conversion took 18 month to finish and sported almost the same features as the original Jota. This being an SVR, it also had some visual differences from the SVJ such as its iconic roof-mounted GT wing and larger front chin. In 1976, the car was sold to Hiromitsu Ito, and made its way to Japan. There, it caused “quite a sensation” and inspired the Circuit Wolf manga. More recently, Kyosho and Tomica launched scale models of the Miura SVR.
Polo Storico's restoration of the Miura SVR took 19 months to finish, almost the same as the conversion process. They also hit some problems during restoration as the original producton sheet didn't provide much help. Instead they relied mostly on specifications from the 1974 modifications. Furthemore, the car arrived in Sant’Agata in pieces. After completing restoration, the only changes made were the 4-point safety belt, more supportive seats and a removable roll bar as per the owner's request.