Italian supercars of the 1970’s and to a certain extent the 1980’s were an excellent choice when it came to bedroom wall posters. Their exotic yet sporty designs were enough to make any petrolhead drool and think of what it would be like to drive or even own one of these vehicles at some point in their life. When I think of bedroom wall poster cars, one specific Italian supercar of yesteryear instantly comes to mind and it just happens to sport Automobili Lamborghini’s world famous “Raging Bull” logo. If you haven’t already guessed, the car I am talking about is the now legendary Lamborghini Miura. Designed by Marcello Gandini while at Bertone, the Lamborghini Miura made its public debut in prototype form at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
As expected, the Lamborghini Miura received a great reception by show goers and the motoring press which was primarily because of the Miura’s sleek, space age design and it’s revolutionary mid-engine layout. The Lamborghini Miura was the worlds very first supercar with a rear mid-engined two-seat layout and because of the Miura, this layout has since become the norm for most supercars that followed. The Lamborghini Miura had a seven year production life, from 1966 – 1973 and in that period Lamborghini managed to produce just 764 Miura’s, as a result these Italian automotive icons are extremely rare today.
Over it’s seven year production life, the Lamborghini Miura received periodic updates and in 1973 the Miura was discontinued and replaced by the hardcore Lamborghini Countach. However if you want to reach the pinnacle of Lamborghini Miura ownership, the Miura SV is the model that will help you achieve your goal. Every so often we at Enzari come across a Lamborghini Miura SV which has been listed for sale or is about to cross the auction block, however while browsing the Internet recently I stumbled upon a rather special Lamborghini Miura SV which just happens to be looking for a new home. This is it, what you are drooling over ladies and gentlemen is a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV which was once owned by the Saudi Royal Family and is now for sale at exotic car dealership Joe Macari Performance Cars in London, UK.
This stunning 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV was delivered new to the Saudi Royal Family shortly after leaving the factory and as it was ordered by a special client, Lamborghini outfitted this Miura SV with two bespoke aerodynamic canards on the front bumper, which makes this Miura SV one of only two Miura’s to feature these add-ons. Featuring a gleaming “Grigio Fantastico Metallizzato” Metallic Grey exterior finish which is complemented by an all original Orange leather interior, this gorgeous 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV spent most of life hidden away in a warehouse which was owned by the Saudi Royal Family. When this extravagant piece of Italian automotive history was found in the early 2000’s, it was hidden from view under a hoard of cardboard boxes, who could do such a thing?
Powering this gorgeous 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV is an “old school” 3.9 litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine which produced 380 hp (283 kW) of power and 400 Nm of torque when new. Mated to the 3.9 liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine is a traditional 5-speed manual transmission which sends all available power directly to the rear wheels. As a result of the abovementioned set-up, the Lamborghini Miura SV could sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 7 seconds and it was capable of achieving an impressive top speed of 276 km/h (171 mph). What makes this 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV even more special is the fact that it is one of 96 examples produced which features a split sump oil system, which separates the engine oil from the transmission oil. According to the official vehicle listing, this 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV has covered a mere 5,759 kilometres (3,578 miles) since new and that makes it the “world’s lowest mileage, all original Miura SV”.
From what we can ascertain, this 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV has had just three owners in its lifetime. After it was purchased from the Saudi Royal Family it was exported to the United States by its second owner, and in 2005 this Miura SV underwent an extensive restoration process which took two full years to complete. It was then exported to Europe in 2011 where it was purchased by Joe Macari Performance Cars and now it is for sale. If you’d love to add this 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV to your car collection it will not be cheap. In fact, according to Joe Macari Performance Cars the asking price for this pristine Miura SV is a whopping £2,954,950) and we think it is worth every penny, don’t you?
Steve & Chris Parry are contributors from stevespeedza.blogspot.com