Check out one of the rarest Lamborghini Miuras, freshly restored by the factory
Lamborghini’s original Miura SVJs started out with factory test driver Bob Wallace’s creating the one-off Jota, a lightweight prototype built to compete in the FIA’s “Appendix J” class of Touring and GT Cars. In the spring of 1971, that Jota development car burned to the ground after crashing. Lamborghini followed up with four other customer SVJs.
Lamborghini’s classic division, Polo Storico brought one such example, that it fully restored, to the Paris Rétromobile show this year—SVJ #4860, an originally black car built for German racing driver and Lamborghini dealer Hubert Hahne. Retaining the black and white interior, Hahne repainted the car silver in 1977, and #4860 remained in Germany until the early 2000s, when it was sold to a Japanese collector.
Since Lamborghini’s works restoration division Polo Storico set to work in 2015, the team from Sant’Agata has presented FIA President Jean Todt’s Miura SV, the orange Miura P400 from The Italian Job, and the Espada and Islero from its own collection.
In Paris, next to SVJ #4860, Lamborghini is displaying a Miura P400 S built from new spare parts, including the bodywork, engine and suspension. This is to demonstrate Polo Storico’s “Certified Lines” concept, which is all about its accurate recreation of original shapes and dimensions. Lamborghini’s new genuine parts for the Miura include cylinder heads and all exterior panels.
This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversaries of the Jarama and Urraco, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Diablo. But for now, let’s just focus on 1973’s SVJ #4860, the fastest of the Hahne Miuras. It’s a beauty.