Lamborghini Polo Storico are at Rétromobile! With the Parisian event kicking off yesterday (Feb 6), Lamborghini’s in-house restoration department – inaugurated back in 2016 – will be showcasing a special red Miura SV until February 10.
This important Miura underwent a complete Polo Storico restoration on request from owner Jean Todt, a leading automotive industry figure and current President of the FIA – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.
The car’s handover ceremony took place yesterday at the Polo Storico stand in the presence of Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He personally handed the keys of the restored Miura across to Todt. As you imagine, there were smiles all round.
The vehicle, chassis number #3673, was crafted in the Lamborghini factory on November 11, 1972, taking the identity of a 1968 Miura S that had been destroyed in an accident.
This was a common practice back in the day for a variety of reasons. There were fiscal motives, mainly to protect buyers from extremely high import taxes on new vehicles in certain countries, but also practical reasons; given the car kept a previously registered plate and related documents. The time and money saved was largely immeasurable.
The Miura SV #3673 was delivered in late 1972 to its first owner, Mr. Mecin of South Africa, painted Rosso Corsa (red), with a lower gold band and interiors in black leather. This is exactly how it is now, 47 years later.
When the Miura arrived in Sant’Agata Bolognese for restoration work, the vehicle appeared complete but carried signs of aging. Polo Storico technicians, faithful in their commitment to conserve rather than replace, then gave priority to repairing and restoring as much as possible to maintain utmost authenticity.
Overall restoration work took 13 months and involved the complete dismantling of the car, which made it possible to verify each detail – from the markings of the frame, body, and interiors, to the numbering and dating present on the other components.
Alongside the Miura SV, Polo Storico also present a 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT at Rétromobile 2019. Chassis #0592, now owned by a Canadian collector, is currently undergoing a total restoration at Polo Storico. If the Miura is anything to go by, we can't wait to see the finished result!
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