RM Arizona 2016 – 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

This Miura SuperVeloce is the epitome of cool — and also in crisply clean condition all around. Check out this cabin and the lovely black badges and grilles in back!

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

RM Sotheby’s


28-29 January 2016

Lot 132

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone

To be auctioned on Thursday, January 28, 2016

$2,000,000 – $2,400,000

  • Chassis no. 4912
  • Engine no. 30673

Photo Credit: Robin Adams ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

385 bhp, 3,929 cc DOHC transverse mid-mounted alloy V-12 engine with four Weber twin-choke carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with A-arms, coil springs with tubular shocks, and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.42 in.

  • The only Miura SV originally finished in Bleu Medio
  • One of five single-sump SVs sold new to the U.S. and equipped with air conditioning
  • Recent mechanical service; an excellent driver’s Miura
  • Original matching-numbers engine

Before the introduction of the Lamborghini Miura at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the term “supercar” simply did not exist. The Miura heralded the beginning of a new age in automotive history, and visually, it looked like nothing else on the road. The designer, Marcello Gandini, was just 27 years old when he penned its stunning design for Bertone, and his work encapsulated the youthful spirit of the age and the power lying behind the bodywork.

The Miura’s design was indebted to its engine placement, with the V-12 mounted transversely directly behind the passenger compartment. Not only did this allow for a highly attractive silhouette, but it also gave the Miura incredible balance and weight distribution. Like many supercars that have followed in its footsteps, the Miura evolved over time, and the last iteration, the P400 SV, was the most developed and potent. The suspension was also revised slightly to help reduce the “front-end lightness” that characterized the handling of earlier cars, and the rear bodywork was widened for a more aggressive stance. The engine was also addressed, and the SV was fitted with larger carburetors and featured different cam timing, helping to make the SV more user-friendly at lower RPMs.