The SV

The SV (Spinto Veloce - Pushed Fast) was the ultimate evolution of the (production) Miuras. It is the most refined and best-handling of the three versions. Most records show 150 SVs made between 1971 and the end of the production in 1972 although it appears some production continued into 1973.

One Miura SV was reportedly delivered to its owner, Walter Wolf, as late as 1975. The story is that Wolf convinced Lamborghini to build a Miura for him from available parts (chassis 5092). Joe Sackey is a huge Miura fan, has owned several SVs and organized the 2000 Miura 30th Reunion in Monterey. According to Sackey, 5092 was finished in January 1973 for Lebanese ambassador Harry Lannsberg, who drove it in Paris on Diplomatic plates. However as soon as Lannsberg's SVJ (5100) was ready he returned 5092 to the factory. Over the next year or two the factory did some special work on the car for Wolf. He didn't take delivery of it until April 1975.

Updates for the SV are:

Sackey adds the following information:

The 614th car (chassis 4834) was the first production SV. A total of 52 SVs including 4834 were originally built with the same common engine lubrication as all previous Miuras. Starting with the 666th car (chassis 4960) the factory split the engine and transmission sumps. There were 96 factory split-sump cars built, for a total of 148 production Miura SVs. Of these 148, one was the Jota (5084) and five were converted into SVJ's by the factory. The last US production car was chassis 5064, once owned by Sackey. The car was immaculately restored at Bobileff Motors, and is now a beautiful lime green with a blue interior.

Sackey also once owned a car that had originally belonged to the Shah of Iran. He has an original Miura register put together by Sgarzi/Pussich in Lamborghini's sales dept. It shows 4 Miura SVs and 1 SVJ were completed in 1973, the last being in October of that year. He published this in his book The Lamborghini Miura Bible. (See Books, at the end of the list.)

Rear Suspension

The most significant change in the SV was to the lower rear suspension. The inverted A arms and trailing links of the P400 and S were replaced with the same control arm being used on the Espada and Jarama S. (Some changes to the arm were made for the SV, but it is basically the same part.) The new arm is about 1.5" longer than the old inverted A. The upper suspension arms didn't change, but because the lower part of the wheel carrier was now 1.5" further from the frame, the upper suspension had to be mounted 1.5" further out to keep the wheel carrier upright. In addition, the rear wheels on the SV went from 7" to 9" wide, with all 2" added to the outside of the wheel. (The track, measured from tire center to tire center, increased by 5" total.) The added 3.5" per side wouldn't fit under the rear wheel wells, so wider fenders were installed. The difference is very obvious. The sides of the P400 and S are fairly straight for the length of the car. On the SV, the rear clip flares immediately where it meets the body.

Click to see comparison measurements of the P400 and SV frames.