The Lamborghini Miura is one of the most beautiful designs ever committed to steel, but its beauty and rarity mean that once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all. Well, not quite all.
The Miura SVR started life as Miura body number 383. Born a Miura S, it was delivered to a dealer in Turin in 1968 after being the display car from the 50th Turin Motor Show.
It changed hands a few times, before coming into the ownership of Heinz Straber. The German immediately took it back to the factory and asked them to make it truly special.
Inspired by the Jota, a special race car developed by Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace, the SVR you see here took 18 months of work to complete.
Straber then sold it to Hiromitsu Ito, who took the car back to Japan, where its legend was cast then diecast. The car was eventually featured in “The Circuit Wolf” manga and famed toymaker Kyosho later made a scale model of it.
Beloved by readers of the manga and longed for by model collectors, the unique legend of the Miura SVR precedes it. Now, the car is now finally back in Concours condition.
“The full restoration took 19 months and required a different approach to the way we normally work,” said Paolo Gabrielli, Director of Lamborghini Polo Storico, which completed the restoration. “The original production sheet wasn’t of much help, as we relied mostly on the specifications from the 1974 modifications. The challenge for the Polo Storico team was even more daunting as the car arrived in Sant’Agata in pieces, although the parts were all there, and with considerable modifications. The only variations on the original specifications were the addition of 4-point safety belts, more supportive seats and a removable roll bar. These were expressly requested by the customer and are intended to improve safety during the car’s racetrack exhibitions.”
The Miura SVR is now back in Japan. Its first stop? Nakayama Circuit. Even after all these years, it’s still a circuit wolf.