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Listen To the V12 of the World's Only Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR

If you like your Lamborghini Miuras (is there anybody who doesn't?), you'll have a difficult choice to make. This involves the design-book-cover lines that came out of the hand of Marcello Gandini or the performance-orientate, aero-dictated styling of the go-faster specials that came along the way.
Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR 1 photo
Chief among those specials is the Miura Jota SVR (more on how this was born below). This one-off is in the US now, which means it can only be in one place right now: the Monterey Car Week.

And, thanks to the piece of footage at the bottom of the page, you'll get to enoy the voice of the Sant'Agata Bolognese toy's V12 heart.

Now, if you're a big shot in the world of supercar collectors, you might recognise multiple of the faces surrounding the Miura Jota SVR on the green grass of the Pebble Beach Golf Resort.

Sadly for my, I don't belong to that category, so I can only tell you that the one holding the camera (phone) is Mitja Borkert, the man who currently helm's Lamborghini's design department. To his right, we find Valentino Balboni and this is a brilliant opportunity to see how the former Chief Test Driver spends his retirement years. Oh, and there's also one of those clean Miuras behind Balboni.

Now, to understand the Miura Jota SVR, we must first talk about the speedy venture of Bob Wallace, the man who held Balboni's position back in the 70s.

The Chief Hooner basically made the Miura lighter and more muscular, while updating the road connection of the supercar, as well improving the aero and relocating the fuel tanks from just behind the front axle to the door sills - the last two were aimed at neutralising the front end high-speed lift of the original.

The resulting Miura Jota was fit for racing, but since Ferruccio Lamborghini didn't have motorsport intentions, this end up being sold to a customer in 1972. Sadly, the machine crashed and burned to a crisp not too long after the transaction.

However, the racy feel of the Jota determined Miura owners to ask for similar updates, which saw the Italian carmaker introducing the Miura SVJ, which was somewhere in between the "normal" car and the Jota.

As for the Jota SVR we have here, this started out in life as a 1968 Miura S dressed in green, which made for a pretty standard configuration.

However, the owner ended up getting involved in a small accident and instead of simply having the toy fixed, he asked Lamborghini to give the thing the Jota treatment.

Well, the Miura had already gone out of production at that time, so the owner had to ask uber-nicely and by this I mean bringing a ton of parts to the factory gate himself and not caring about the price of the upgrade that eventually took place.

The Miura Jota SVR has been given a complete restoration by Lamborghini's Polo Storico department some years ago, so it's no wonder that the mid-engined delights shines the way it does.

So, are you prepared for the aural treats of its naturally aspirated V12?

PS: While this might be the most velocity-addicted Miura in the world, the Internet still decided it needed more spice, which is how we ended up with this widebody rendering (warning: not for purists).



 
 
 
 
 

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