Lamborghini Polo Storico is displaying one of the rarest and beautiful examples of the Miura SVJ at the Rétromobile classic car show from 4 to 9 February. SVJs are exceptional vehicles that were inspired by the Miura Jota and built by special request.
The Jota was a one-off that test driver Bob Wallace created with the goal of enabling the Miura to compete in races regulated by the FIA’s “Appendix J” for Touring Cars and GT Cars.
Produced in 1973 for the German racing driver Hubert Hahne, who was the Lamborghini importer for Germany at the time, the SVJ on display in Paris is chassis number 4860 and is one of only four original SVJs that were ever built by the Italian marque.
Initially painted black, with a white-black leather interior, Hubert Hahne had the SVJ repainted silver by Lamborghini 1977 but retained the plush black interior. It has sported the same color combination ever since. The vehicle remained in Germany until the early 2000s, when it became part of a Japanese collection. It has not been exhibited in public since then.
Miura SVJ Restoration
Lamborghini Polo Storico carried out the careful restoration for integrity purposes which began with in-depth analysis of documents held in the archives and a search for sources and accounts from the period when it was built so that its original conditions could be peerlessly preserved and restored.
On display alongside the Miura SVJ at Rétromobile, will be a Miura P400 S built from spare parts – including bodywork, engine and suspension. Lamborghini Polo Storico has taken especially great care over the reconstruction of the bodywork panels in order to ensure that the original shape is accurately recreated, with exactly the same dimensions.
This is all part of the “Certified Lines” concept that will be showcased at the event. New genuine spare parts such as cylinder heads and bodywork are constantly being released by Lamborghini, providing ever great scope for the authenticity of classic Lamborghinis to be preserved while also allowing collectors to use their cars with complete peace of mind.
Lamborghini Polo Storico
Opened in 2015, Lamborghini Polo Storico is an Automobili Lamborghini department dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Sant’Agata Bolognese company. As well as restoring and certifying all Lamborghinis built up to 2001, it reconstructs spare parts for classic Lamborghini models. More than 200 new catalogue items were added to the range in 2019 alone. Lamborghini Polo Storico also conserves and manages the company archives, with the aim of supporting the preservation of all classic Lamborghini cars.
Fifty years on from the release of the film ‘The Italian Job’, Lamborghini Polo Storico has certified the Miura P400, chassis #3586, as the original car used in the Paramount Pictures film (1969).
The orange Miura P400 piloted by actor Rossano Brazzi at the beginning of the film on the Great St Bernard Pass was said to be crashed and destroyed, but subsequent rumours quelled devastated Lamborghini fans tears. In reality, Paramount had actually used an identical ‘cloned Miura’.