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 let in-country rival Ferrari know that it wasn't the only exotic car maker in Italy. 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 boasts a concours-level restoration in its original Oro Metallizzato, retains its original engine and drivetrain, and has a fully documented history. All this combines to make this Miura one of the best in the world. The car will be sold at Gooding & Company's Passion of a Lifetime auction September 5th in the UK.

Photos: Mathieu Heurtault / Gooding & Co.

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