Lamborghini Miura SV turns 50 in 2021
April 15, 2021 by Lamborghini
These technical modifications demanded a revision of the Miura SV’s exterior, too, and this work was performed by the same Marcello Gandini who had overseen the original project. Visually, the revised SV was characterized by wider rear fenders, differently designed tail-lights, and a front bonnet characterized by a new air intake for the radiator. One of the most important visual changes to the Miura SV was in fact the absence of the famous ‘eyelashes’ around the headlights. There was no real technical reason for this esthetic modification; it was simply that Ferruccio Lamborghini, who knew very well that the assembly and perfect finishing of the eyelashes was a highly complex and time-consuming step, wanted to reduce the Miura’s production time. However, for his own personal Miura SV – the only one to officially adopt this specification – he asked for the eyelashes around the headlights to remain. The SV’s interior is better finished and more modern looking than that of the previous versions, thanks mainly to greater use of leather for the upholstery and the presence of various chromed details. The Miura SV’s official top speed was over 290 km/h, and from a standing start it covered one kilometer in just under 24 seconds – record performance results back then.
In early 1973, after 150 units had been produced, the Miura SV was taken out of production, although two years later, in 1975, a final specimen (now at MUDETEC, Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese) was expressly manufactured for Walter Wolf.
The withdrawal of the Miura SV from production marked the end of an era in which speed and sinuous lines predominated, and in which a small group of young men, driven by an innate passion and blessed with great technical skills, were able to create what for many was, and still remains, the most beautiful car ever produced in series. Lamborghini Polo Storico Opened in 2015, Lamborghini Polo Storico is an Automobili Lamborghini department dedicated to preserving the heritage of the company from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Restoration and certification of all Lamborghini cars produced up to 2001 are its main tasks. It also reconstructs spare parts for vintage Lamborghinis and curates the archive. Through these activities, Lamborghini Polo Storico aims to support the preservation of classic Lamborghini vehicles.