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A Lamborghini Miura SVR has been restored to its former glory

And it has some interesting story behind it

Who would be able to tell this is a new picture? PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

Ask young guys today to name a classic Lamborghini model and they’ll probably mouth off “Diablo” or “Countach.” Many of them will likely give you a blank stare if you mention the Miura, a sports car the Italian automaker produced from 1966 to 1972. It’s greater than either one of the aforementioned raging bulls, at least in the minds of a lot of car lovers. A list of the 10 greatest Lamborghinis of all time by the UK’s leading newspaper, The Telegraph, even ranks the Miura in first place.

It’s much rarer, too, with only a total of 763 units ever rolling out of its manufacturer’s Sant’Agata Bolognese facility. So to see one now in very good condition is always a treat. And to have one looking and feeling like it just left the factory? Priceless.

We wonder just how many units of this absolute beauty are still in existence today. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

That’s basically what this fully restored Miura SVR is all about, which has been brought back to its fresh-off-the-factory-floor glory by the Polo Storico, Lamborghini’s division that specializes in the maintenance and the rehabilitation of all the classic automobiles ever made by the brand.

This beats any modern supercar in visual drama. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

This Miura SVR actually started life as a humble S version painted in Verde Miura. With chassis number 3781 and body number 383, this car was first delivered to a Lamborghini dealership in Turin, Italy, in November 1968. In Italy alone, this Miura changed ownership at least eight times, until it was purchased in 1974 by a German dude named Heinz Straber.

Straber then sent the Miura back to Sant’Agata with one specific request: transform it into a more special SVR edition. It took Lamborghini 18 months to complete the work.

Just look at the level of finish applied to this car. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

In 1976, the converted Miura was passed on to a Japanese buyer. The new owner, Hiromitsu Ito, then shipped it to his country, where the car would achieve legendary status. In fact, this example became the basis for a popular scale model released by die-cast toy-car maker Kyosho.

It’s unclear in Lamborghini’s press statement who the Miura’s current owner is, but it’s still in Japan, so maybe it’s still the same Japanese man or perhaps even his family.

We could stare all day at that rear in traffic. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

Describing the difficulty of restoring the Miura, Lamborghini Polo Storico director Paolo Gabrielli has this to say: “The full restoration took 19 months and required a different approach to the way we normally work. 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 four-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 bucket seats were requested by the owner. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

We’re suckers for flawlessly restored classic cars. Especially ones that have gained iconic status through the decades. No price is quoted in the announcement, but we imagine rebuilding a Miura SVR with the Polo Storico’s expertise and craftsmanship isn’t cheap. Then again, we also suspect the proud owner doesn’t mind one bit.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.