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1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV

History

The Miura was first show to the public at the November 1965 Turin Auto Show. At the time, it did not have a body. It was just a rolling-chassis. The design was mid-engined, very revolutionary at the time. Bertone was chosen to body the vehicle. Nuccio Bertone gave the project to Marcello Gandini. In early 1966 the Bertone body and the chassis designed by Giampaolo Dallara were assembled into one unit. In completed form, it was show to the public at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show and dubbed the Miura. The name coming from a breed of Spanish fighting bulls.

The vehicle was instantly popular with demand overshadowing the supply. Ferrucio Lamborghini had originally planned the Miura to be a low production, flagship vehicle with production set to around 30 models. The demand for the vehicle eventually changed the plan for the vehicle and throughout its lifespan, three series of the Miura were produced, the P400, S, and the SV. Each series brought with it mechanical and aesthetical changes through either fixed problems from the prior series or brought about new developmental improvements.

The P400 was the first series, the 'P' stood for Posteriore, the location of the engine. The 400 represented the engine size, or 4.0 liters. The four-liter engine was capable of producing 350 horsepower to the rear wheels. The spot-welded chassis was made from steel and the steering was a rack-and-pinion unit built and designed by Lamborghini. The front and rear hoods were both 'clamshell' design. There were two small compartments in the rear allowing a small amount of luggage or storage space.

Since the vehicle had been initially intended to be a temporary vehicle, it was poorly assembled and lacked quality. Another major problem was the lack of materials available. The builders of the vehicle rarely had the parts and resources they needed to keep up with demand. As time progressed, so did the quality.

Production began in March of 1967 and offered at a price of nearly $20,000 US dollars with 108 units being constructed. The Miura S series appeared in December of 1968. It was debuted to the public at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. The 'S' stood for 'Spinto' meaning 'Pushed' or 'Tuned'. Horsepower had been increased to 370, thanks in part through the use of a new combustion chamber and larger intakes. The later 'S' series models were given ventilated disc brakes and a modified rear suspension. Air conditioning was available for an extra cost.

In March of 1971, the final version of the Miura, the SV, was displayed at the Geneva Auto Show. The SV was the pinnacle of performance in regards to the Miura series. The rear suspension received modifications including a wider track. Wider tires were placed increasing the performance and handling. The headlights, turn signals, bumper and tail lights received changes. A carburetor change and larger intakes brought the horsepower rating to 385. During its production lifespan only 142 examples of the Miura SV were created. The acronym 'SV' represented 'Sprint Veloce'.

750 examples of the Miuras were built, the last being constructed on October 12, 1973. Production would have continued but Lamborghini was preparing to introduce its successor, the Countach. Since Lamborghini was a small shop, it could only handle the production of one model.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
The Miura was first show to the public at the November 1965 Turin Auto Show. At the time, it did not have a body. It was just a rolling-chassis. The design was mid-engined, very revolutionary at the time. Bertone was chosen to body the vehicle. Nuccio Bertone gave the project to Marcello Gandini. In early 1966 the Bertone body and the chassis designed by Giampaolo Dallara were assembled into one unit. In completed form, it was show to the public at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show and dubbed the Miura. The name coming from a breed of Spanish fighting bulls.
The vehicle was instantly popular with demand overshadowing the supply. Ferrucio Lamborghini had originally planned the Miura to be a low production, flagship vehicle with production set to around 30 models. The demand for the vehicle eventually changed the plan for the vehicle and throughout its lifespan, three series of the Miura were produced, the P400, S, and the SV. Each series brought with it mechanical and aesthetical changes through either fixed problems from the prior series or brought about new developmental improvements.

The P400 was the first series, the 'P' stood for Posteriore, the location of the engine. The 400 represented the engine size, or 4.0 liters. The four-liter engine was capable of producing 350 horsepower to the rear wheels. The spot-welded chassis was made from steel and the steering was a rack-and-pinion unit built and designed by Lamborghini. The front and rear hoods were both 'clamshell' design. There were two small compartments in the rear allowing a small amount of luggage or storage space.

Since the vehicle had been initially intended to be a temporary vehicle, it was poorly assembled and lacked quality. Another major problem was the lack of materials available. The builders of the vehicle rarely had the parts and resources they needed to keep up with demand. As time progressed, so did the quality.

Production began in March of 1967 and offered at a price of nearly $20,000 US dollars with 108 units being constructed. The Miura S series appeared in December of 1968. It was debuted to the public at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. The 'S' stood for 'Spinto' meaning 'Pushed' or 'Tuned'. Horsepower had been increased to 370, thanks in part through the use of a new combustion chamber and larger intakes. The later 'S' series models were given ventilated disc brakes and a modified rear suspension. Air conditioning was available for an extra cost.

In March of 1971, the final version of the Miura, the SV, was displayed at the Geneva Auto Show. The SV was the pinnacle of performance in regards to the Miura series. The rear suspension received modifications including a wider track. Wider tires were placed increasing the performance and handling. The headlights, turn signals, bumper and tail lights received changes. A carburetor change and larger intakes brought the horsepower rating to 385. During its production lifespan only 142 examples of the Miura SV were created. The acronym 'SV' represented 'Sprint Veloce'.

750 examples of the Miuras were built, the last being constructed on October 12, 1973. Production would have continued but Lamborghini was preparing to introduce its successor, the Countach. Since Lamborghini was a small shop, it could only handle the production of one model.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2006

1971 Vehicle Profiles

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4578
Engine Num: 30618

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 1....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4882
Engine Num: 30627

The world was introduced to the Lamborghini Miura chassis at the 1965 Turin Motor Show. Requests to provide a body the car came from many Italian coachbuilders, but Lamborghini chose Bertone. The prototype P400 Miura appeared less than a year later a....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4926

The 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV with chassis number 4926 was shown at the 2005 Italiano Concorso where it was awarded a First in Class. It was shown at the 2007 Los Angeles Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded another First Place and Best Post War ....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4892
Engine Num: 30640

Lamborghini's influence has certainly helped shape and define the supercar arena. Their vehicles are inspiring, memorable, exotic, and offer enviable performance. Lamborghini's Miura, despite its impressive performance, was never proven and campaigne....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4512

This Miura is an 'S' variant fitted with a four-liter alloy V12 quad-cam engine with Weber carburetors and 370 horsepower. There is a five-speed manual gearbox and a sheet steel platform chassis with aluminum body panels. There are four-wheel disc ....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4764
Engine Num: 2187

This Lamborghini Miura S left the factory on November 21st of 1970, one of the second series models. The original owner was Michael Ballastare who ordered it from the US Lamborghini distributor Alberto Pedretti. Mr. Ballastare specified that the car ....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

This rare Lamborghini Miura was first sold to a friend of Ferrucio Lamborghini with additional features, including the limited-slip differential that was only included on ten Miura SVs. The SV is the most powerful Miura model with different cam timin....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4832
Engine Num: 30616

This Muira S is a very late S and retains the most prominent styling feature of the P400 model. The Miura was designed by Marcell Gandini and the design was executed by Bertone. A mid -mounted transverse V12 engine provides power, this car was monume....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4942

Completed on September 22, 1971, this Miura SV was built during the first year of SV production, which saw a total production of 70 models. It was delivered on October 8th wearing Giallo Miura and a black interior, to German Lamborghini importer H. H....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4906
Engine Num: 30651

Owners of the Lamborghini Miura SV included Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, the Shah of Iran, and Rob Stewart. This example was completed by the factory on July 23, 1971. It was built during the first year of Miura SV production as a European....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4846

This Lamborghini Miura SV is the 1971 Geneva Motor Show car. It is the pre-production model for the subsequent Miura SV production. It was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show on Bertone's stand (while Lamborghini showed its new Countach), and carr....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4912

The Lamborghini Miura Spinto Veloce, or SV for short, was the final and most developed incarnation of Lamborghini's seminal supercar. The SV was completely redesigned, with a wider rear suspension and longer wishbones, which made the chassis nearly 2....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 3408

The Lamborghini Miura is a transverse mid-engine rear-wheel drive sports car that was produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 1966 and 1973. A total of 764 vehicles were produced during those years. The car is widely considered to have inst....[continue reading]

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: 4920
Engine Num: 30655

The Lamborghini Miura SV brought with it an improved suspension which helped alleviate some of the front-end lightness that plagued the earlier cars. The Miura SV received a more aggressive stance, rear bodywork, larger carburetors, and different cam....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 4578 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4882 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4926 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4892 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4512 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4764 
Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4832 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4942 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4906 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4846 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4912 
Coupe
Chassis #: 3408 
Coupe
Chassis #: 4920 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,395-$21,010
1971 Miura P400SV
$21,010-$35,600
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV Base Price : $21,010

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Lamborghini
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)

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