1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype

A car, especially at auction, has to have that “wow” factor to excite bidders, and this one really did

The Miura presented here is, quite simply, unlike any other.

Issued production number 576, this Lamborghini represents the end result of a project undertaken by the factory’s chief development engineer and test driver, Bob Wallace, to create the definitive Miura—the SV. As a prototype, this car was equipped with features that made it stand apart from the examples that followed. The treatment of the headlamp surround is different from the production cars, and the interior was fitted with convenience items not found on any other Miura—three separate ashtrays, for example.

The SV debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1971. While a lack of factory records makes it difficult to confirm, it’s generally understood that 4758 was the car that introduced the ultimate Miura to the world. On April 6, 1971—after its testing and show duties were fulfilled—4758 was sold, a month before the delivery of the first “production” SV. Subsequent owners were based in Italy, Monte Carlo and Germany before the car came to the U.S. in 2000. 

In 2008, the Miura was delivered to Wayne Obry’s Motion Products Inc. to be prepared for that year’s Lamborghini class at Pebble Beach. Foremost Miura specialist Jeff Stephan was brought in for his technical expertise. The SV Prototype was completely disassembled, evaluated and researched. Stephan proclaims that this Miura is “the best properly restored car in existence.” After fine tuning, the SV Prototype produced an estimated 417 horsepower.

In all just twelve Lamborghinis participated in the feature display at Pebble Beach, and the SV Prototype was justifiably honored with a class award for its exquisite presentation, historical import and reverence of authenticity.

The Miura SV is among the top tier of collector cars. Given its significant prototype status, documented provenance, world-class restoration and intrinsic quality, 4758 must be considered one of the finest Lamborghinis in existence.

Simon Kidston

Simon Kidston - SCM Editor at Large

Simon is from an old British motor-racing family. He started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade, he staged high-profile auctions around the world, branching out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia.

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