The mid-engined icon is still hard to resist.
The mid-engined Lamborghini Miura was like nothing else before it when it arrived in the 1960s. Its unique layout spawned countless classic Lambos, including the venomous Aventador S we have today. Fewer than 800 Miuras were made, which is why it's not a big shock when it sells for upwards of $2 million when one does go up for auction. But even rarer than the Miura is the Miura SV (Spinto Veloce), of which only 147 were built. It arrived in 1971 with its output increased to 380 horsepower from the V12 engine - it could reach almost 180 mph, a remarkable feat for the period. We named the lighter, track-version of this car, the SVJ, as one of the rare Lamborghinis we'd love to own.
The version you see here is currently waiting for a lucky owner at Silverstone Auctions and is expected to fetch between £1,800,000 and £2,400,000 (up to $3.03 million). You don't end up with an estimate like that unless the car is something truly special, which this one is. Not only does it have just 32,014 miles on the clock, but it's one of the final few cars that had the more desirable split-sump engine. It's also one of just 11 right-hand drive versions. Originally left-hand drive, an Australian importer acquired this Miura after having it converted to right-hand drive, which was necessary to enable the car to be imported Down Under.
Chassis number 5036 is finished in Rosso Corsa and comes fitted with a limited-slip differential and air conditioning. Between 2004 and 2005, extensive refurbishments by Lamborghini Australia were said to total around $56,000. In 2010, it was imported to the UK and the paintwork was redone. The pictures are evidence that all work done on this Miura SV was meticulously completed and great effort was made to keep it as original as possible. It must be a joy to drive with its unfiltered V12 and five-speed manual gearbox, and whoever has the means to acquire this gem probably won't regret their decision.