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1971 LHD Miura P400 SV
Chassis Number 4906 is this
Biscuit Leather interior,
currently believed to be residing in Florida, USA
It is fitted with engine number 30651.
Other Information: Production Number 650 Build Date: 23.7.71 Dealer S.E.A. for sale on 03Dec2001 by International Motorcars of Palm Beach.
For sale 31/10/96 $160K
Carrying production number 650, this car was completed on July 23, 1971, marking it as an early European-specification example. During the first year of SV production, Lamborghini completed just 91 of the highly developed Miuras and, over the next two years, only 59 more were built. Originally finished in Rosso Corsa, 4906 wore the same livery as the SV pictured in Lamborghini’s own literature on the new model.
After its release from Sant’Agata, the Miura was delivered to S.E.A., the factory’s official concessionaire in Rome. While little documentation survives regarding its early history, it is believed that this SV remained in Continental Europe for at least a decade before the famed Lamborghini distributor, Joe Nastasi, imported it to the US. During the early 1990s, 4906 is reported to have resided in Florida.
In 1994, Dr. Bill Rozzi of Granger, Indiana, acquired the Lamborghini and retained Bobileff Motor Car Company in San Diego, California, to perform a major service as well as a sympathetic cosmetic freshening. At the time the work was carried out, the Miura displayed just over 21,000 kilometers and was in largely original condition throughout.
In 1997, the current owner was in search of a special car to add to his stable and, having owned and enjoyed several Lamborghinis, he set his sights on a Miura SV. After looking at several cars, he discovered 4906 in Dr. Rozzi’s care.
Once the purchase was agreed upon, the Miura made its way to Los Angeles where its proud new owner immediately commissioned a concours-quality restoration that could hold up to the most stringent standards. To conduct the ambitious effort, he turned to Jeff Stephan, a world-renowned Lamborghini specialist known for his encyclopedic knowledge and detail- oriented restorations of Miuras.
When asked why he chose to work with Mr. Stephan, the owner remarked, “the great thing about Jeff is that he works on only one Miura at a time and he treats it like it’s his own... people send him cars from all over the world, and for good reason.”
The process of returning 4906 to its original splendor began in early 1998. While Mr. Stephan tended to the hairline details of the chassis, Brian Anderson’s Classic European Restorations in Oceanside, California, was entrusted with the preparation of the bodywork, paint and upholstery.
According to restoration records, the body was completely disassembled and stripped to bare metal so that the complex structure could be carefully addressed. Found to be remarkably healthy and sound, the main structure and articulating panels were then prepared for paint and refinished in the original Rosso Corsa, dramatically highlighted by the exotic gold rocker panels and cast-alloy Campagnolo wheels. Using the well-kept original interior as a template, the cockpit was upholstered in rich Biscuit leather with matching carpets.
Mechanically, the majority of the ancillary systems and components were completely restored, while leaving the fundamental integrity of the SV intact. The suspension and braking systems were rebuilt with exacting attention to detail and, as the original engine and transaxle assembly was found to be in excellent health, it was refurbished and detailed as necessary. During final assembly, the chassis was meticulously prepared for judged competition while maintaining the unique, hand-built nature of the Miura.
When the restoration work was completed, 4906 made its debut showing during the 2001 Lamborghini Club West National Monterey Meet at Concorso Italiano. Notably, out of a field that included 26 Miuras, this SV earned Best of Show honors, a stirring testament to the quality and accuracy of its presentation. When 4906 returned to Concorso Italiano six years later, it received First Place in the competitive Miura class as well as an award for best design.
In addition to these impressive honors, 4906 has captured a string of prizes at local concours including Best of Show at the Thousand Oaks Car Classic and Best in Class at the 2010 Avila Beach Concours d’Elegance. Beyond its warm reception on the show field, the SV has graced the cover of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine and was the subject of a featured article and drive report.
Since the restoration was completed in 2001, the SV has seen sparing on-road use and has been continuously maintained. As a result, it has not required substantial mechanical work since and, at present, the odometer displays less than 30,000 kilometers. Moreover, the owner details the Lamborghini after each use to ensure that it remains in exceptional, show-ready condition.
At present, 4906 stands as a magnificent example in every respect and the noteworthy attention to detail, from the essentially unobtainable Pirelli Cinturato tires to the correct dichromate finish on the quartet of Weber carburetors, speaks to the specialized care and attention that this car has received.
It should also be noted that the sale of this car includes a complete jack kit, a partial tool kit and a file of receipts from Jeff Stephan and Classic European Restoration that documents, in detail, the three-year restoration effort.
Offered for sale for the first time in over 15 years and the first time ever at auction by Gooding Jan 2012..
Information on this car was sourced from Autosport 31/10/96.
The data on this specific vehicle was last updated 26-Apr-2017.
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