Lamborghini Miura SVR Jota
The Miura SVR is the rarest Miura and the closest one to the legendary Jota. The Jota was developed by Lamborghini’s test driver at the time, Bob Wallace, but due to a crash, the one and only original car was lost and never rebuilt. Many Miura owners petitioned Lamborghini, wanting their cars to get the Jota treatment to improve performance and have a more striking look, so Lamborghini agreed to convert 5 original Miuras into SVJs. These cars were not quite like the original Jota, so one particularly determined owner decided to go further to get his Miura as close to the Jota as possible. The results of the owner’s determination is now an integral part of the BINGO Collection.
The car started as a 1968 Verde Miura (light green) Miura S, and in 1974 the owner asked the Lamborghini factory to convert it to the Jota spec. By this time, production of the Miura had ended and Lamborghini refused to satisfy the owner’s request. This didn’t stop the owner, though, and he personally sourced the parts for the car and delivered them (and cash) to the factory to be assembled. At this point, Lamborghini relented and took on the project. The car was widened to accommodate the massive BBS wheels and tyres, the front received a spoiler to reduce lift, a roof wing was installed for increased stability at high speeds, brakes and suspension were upgraded and so was the 4-litre V12 for increased power.
The car stayed in Germany until 1976 when it was sold to a Japanese buyer and subsequently shipped to Japan. In Japan, the car became famous and was even featured in a manga called ‘Circuit Wolf’, scale models were also made which increased the popularity of the car for several generations. In 2018, a 19 month-long full restoration was completed by Polo Storico, Lamborghini’s own department dedicated to restorations and preservation of Lamborghini’s heritage. To do this, the SVR went back to Bologna where it was originally made and the original spec sheet was used to make sure it remained true to its form.