1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Speciale

Conceived in secret by Lamborghini's engineering team, the Miura turned the automotive world on its head when it debuted in 1966. The first mid-engine supercar, the Miura put Lamborghini on the world stage, invented the "exotic" car, and put in-country rival Ferrari on notice. Only 764 Miuras were built, and of these, 150 were SVs — the ultimate evolution of the platform. Based on test driver Bob Wallace's experimental Miura Jota, the SV featured a racing-style dry-sump oil system and ZF limited-slip differential, along with the sublime 385 horsepower 4-liter V12. The Miura SV pictured here was purchased new by French industrialist Jacques Dembiermont and had only one other owner since. A concours-level restoration in its original Oro Metallizzato along with numbers-matching condition and documented history make this Miura one of the best in the world.

Photos: Mathieu Heurtault / Gooding & Co.

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