Throughout its production, the Miura received constant updates, first with the P400 S model, and then best of the breed, the P400SV. The S saw an alleged 20 horsepower increase, better brakes, and chassis stiffening, and was built from late 1968 to 1971. The SV, which debuted at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show, had modified bodywork-mostly distinguished by the headlamps' lack of 'eyelashes.' The Miura SV on exhibit-essentially an S with SV bodywork-is likely the first production prototype presented at Geneva.
This car was given production number 576 and was selected to serve as the rolling test-bed for the SV series. The car was hand-built at Sant'Agata, implementing many of the lessons learned from years of production and development. Developing the latest Mirua included strengthening the chassis, revamping the rear suspension, installing vented disc brakes and breathing on the engine to deliver staggering performance. The Bertone coachwork was restyled to cope with the gains in performance to address deficiencies noted in the preceding P400 and P400 S models. The new design had aggressively flared rear arches, and the 'eyelash' headlamps were deleted for a more purposeful appearance. On the inside, there were subtle modifications to make the cockpit a more civilized environment.
4578 was finished in Fly Yellow and upholstered in black leather. It was put on display at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show were it gave onlookers a glimpse at the SV upgrades that would later typify this model. This car is different front later production versions by such differences as front headlight surrounds, and interior details such as the ashtray.
The car spent the early part of its life in Italy prior to coming to the United States. It was given a restoration in the 2000s in preparation for the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it helped honor the 45th anniversary of Lamborghini.
In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of 1,705,000 including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :