Ultra-rare Lamborghini Miura SV to go under the hammer

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Lamborghini Miura up for auction
RM Auctions

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't find this car beautiful, frankly you need your eyes testing. Modern supercars may be a gauche fanfare of bling and oversized alloy wheels, but the Lamborghini Miura is automotive sex appeal personified. Its voluptuous curves and chic detailing justify Italy's position as the pinnacle of everything stylish. Or so we think, at least...

Should you want to get your hands of this piece of Italian exotica, you'll need to have suitably deep pockets - to the tune of nearly £2 million pounds. Up for auction in Arizona on January 15 this Miura 'SVJ' is no ordinary Miura, being one of less than 10 to receive choice 'Jota' modifications from the famed supercar manufacturer itself.

This 1971 model started its life with a 3.9-litre V12 powerhouse slung behind the driver, which churned out a rabid 380bhp – before being tweaked by Lamborghini engineers to extract a little extra power. This burgundy beauty kept its plush leather-lined interior – albeit complete with four-point racing harnesses – but features a modified lightweight body to go with the added muscle.

Every blue-blood classic needs a suitably fanciful back story and this Miura is no different, having spent its life in Rome before being shipped to Japan and then ending up in the USA. Fully restored in 2007 at a cost of $225,000 (around £112,500 at the time) the auction house is describing this machine as ideal for both track days and concours events.

With a value estimated at nearly £2 million, we're not so sure we'd fancy taking this purebred classic on the track, though. Maybe we could buy it as a piece of lounge art and get a second for the track...

Lamborghini Miura SV for sale

Lamborghini Miura SV for sale