Jean Todt has taken delivery of his Lamborghini Miura SV at Retromobile, following a 13-month in-house restoration.
The handover ceremony took place on the Lamborghini Polo Storico stand in the presence of Stefano Domenicali, chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. The Miura is sharing the stand with a 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT, which is owned by a Canadian collector and undergoing a total restoration at Polo Storico.
This is Lamborghini’s in-house department dedicated to managing the company’s heritage, including the restoration and certification of all Lamborghinis built up to 2001. Polo Storico also reconstructs spare parts for classic Lamborghinis – 200 new code numbers were produced in 2018 alone.
Jean Todt’s Miura SV was ‘born’ on 11 November 1972 and took the chassis number of a 1968 Miura S that had been destroyed in an accident. It was delivered new to a customer in South Africa, who requested the rather evocative red over gold paintwork.
The restoration took 13 months to complete, with Polo Storico dismantling the car to verify every tiny detail. In common with previous restoration projects, the team adopted a ‘repair and restore’ policy where possible – replacement parts are the last resort.
To many people, the 380hp SV is the ultimate Miura – the best of the breed. None other than Ferruccio Lamborghini held this opinion, saying the SV was the “definitive and absolute version of the Miura”.
The SV – or Sprint Veloce – was the final incarnation before the Miura moved aside to make way for the Countach. The power upgrade was paired with improved suspension, wider rear arches and new rear lights.
Note, too, the absence of the ‘eyelashes’ – one of the Miura’s most iconic features. Just 150 SVs were built – each one available via special order from the factory.
Lamborghini launched the Polo Storico division in 2015, with Miura chassis #4846 the first car to receive the five-star restoration treatment. Last year, Lamborghini completed the restoration of the ‘astonishing’ Miura SVR.
Retromobile 2019 opened its doors today and we’re driving to Paris in a Honda NSX to spend a few hours gawping at the finest exhibits. Needless to say, we’ll be making a beeline for Jean Todt’s Miura SV.