Hint: you may want to head to Pebble Beach this week.
Rumor has it that Lamborghini will unveil a new limited-edition hypercar at Pebble Beach this week possibly based on the hardcore Aventador SVJ, but this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. However, we do know that five very special Lamborghini Miuras will be shown at the event. They’re so special, in fact, that they belong in their own dedicated class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Out of the five cars that will be displayed in the imaginatively titled ‘Lamborghini Miura class’ three that been restored by Lamborghini’s Polo Storico heritage in Sant’Agata Bolognese, but each has a unique history.
The first example heading to Pebble Beach is a 1967 Miura P400, which happens to be the 22nd built of the original production series of 25. It was delivered new to Swiss racing driver Karl Foitek in June 1967, who owned it until 1972 before the car was sold to its second owner in Lake Forest, Illinois, who owned it for the following 40 years. The car’s third owner had it restored by a Lamborghini expert in the US before the current owner bought it in October 2018.
One of the five models will be a 1968 Miura P400. The 101st example to roll off the production line, the car was delivered to its first owner, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, in 1968 and was specially ordered with a chrome-plated front bumper and a special steering wheel among other cosmetic changes. This Miura was sold just before the Shah’s downfall during the Iranian revolution of 1979, and the car was then confiscated by Ayatollah Khomeini’s government before being smuggled out of the country. It was then owned by the Shah’s son for the next 30 years before being restored in 2018. Its current owner bought it earlier this year.
The third example is a car movie star: the 1968 Miura P400 used in the opening scene of the 1969 film 'The Italian Job'. After filming wrapped up, the surviving Miura was returned to the factory and delivered to its first Italian owner in 1968. After being in collections in Italy, Japan and the UK, it was recently certified as the car that starred in the movie and was restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico this year.
The fourth car is a 1972 Miura P400 SV, one of only 150 Miura SVs ever made and one of the last Miuras assembled. It spent nearly 30 years in South Africa before being sold in the US in 2001. It’s currently owned legendary rally driver, Ferrari Formula One team boss, and President of the FIA, Mr. Jean Todt and was completely restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico in 2018.
Last, but not, least, is a one-off Miura SVR. It started life as a Miura S and was first shown at the 1968 Turin Motor Show before being sold in Italy. In 1974, it was bought by a new owner in Germany, but was sent back to the factory to be turned into a special "racing” Miura. The result was the Miura SVR, which was recently restored to its former glory by Lamborghini Polo Storico.