It seems unlikely that you'll read a cooler headline about car news this month; maybe this year, in fact. Here's a Lamborghini Miura SV, in perhaps the best colour scheme for one, owned by Jean Todt - FIA president, former Ferrari CEO and WRC co-driver, just for starters - and now restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico. Oh yes, and shown at Retromobile in Paris, in case it needed to be any more off the scale awesome.
This 1972 SV, chassis number #3673, was originally a destroyed 1968 Miura S. Back then, see, building a sports car off an old chassis "was not particularly rare", says Lamborghini. Building something new from an old chassis would prevent high import taxes being charged in certain countries, and meant original registration documents could be kept.
Originally delivered to South Africa, Todt's Miura has been back with Lamborghini for 13 months; while delivered complete but showing "signs of wear and tear", the SV was completely dismantled to "verify each and every detail". Part of the Polo Storico methodology is to repair and restore rather than replace, to maintain originality - hence it taking the time.
You will probably agree, however, that the results are more than worth than effort, helped to some extent by this gorgeous on-location photography. The keys were handed over to Todt by Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali, with the car on display at Retromobile until Sunday. Should be one heck of a drive home...
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