All Lamborghini Miuras are exceptionally rare, but a truly unique version of Lamborghini's first-ever supercar was up for grabs at RM Sotheby's 2020 Arizona auction event. While all-original classics are generally preferred among collectors, this 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV has been tastefully modified over the years, and it sold for $1.391 million (including buyer's fees), which was just under its pre-auction estimates of $1.4 million to $1.6 million.
When this Miura SV rolled off the assembly line on December 10, 1971, it wore a green paint job with a black interior, and it sported the factory wet-sump V12 engine. Before being imported to the U.S. by its first owner, the Miura was repainted red, and then its second owner – a Lamborghini engineer – had the engine converted to a dry-sump oiling system in 1978 making it "one of few" Miuras to use this setup. The dry-sump oil reservoir is located under the front hood with the spare tire and battery.
In addition to the dry sump system, the Lamborghini was also modified with wider 10-inch rear wheels, which was an upgrade from the factory nine-inch wheels. In 1979, this Miura SV was sold to its third and current owner where at some point the interior was refinished with beige leather adding a more striking contrast to the bright red paint.
Although it's far from original, this 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV has been altered at the hands of a Lamborghini expert, and it's in immaculate condition. With a well-documented history and just three owners since new (including 40 years with its current owner), this Miura SV was already highly collectible, but add in the super rare dry-sump oil conversion and you're looking at an incredibly rare example of this automotive work of art.
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