Polo Storico has done it again. Lamborghini's internal restoration division presented its latest work at the classic car show Rétromobile in Paris, France last Wednesday: a 1972 Miura SV.
This important car underwent a complete restoration by Polo Storico and is owned by Jean Todt, an important automotive industry figure and currently President of the FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. The handover ceremony took place yesterday at the Lamborghini Polo Storico stand in the presence of Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali, who personally handed the keys of the restored Miura to Jean Todt.
The vehicle, chassis number #3673, was born on 11 November 1972, taking the chassis number of a 1968 Mura S which had been lost in an accident. It was not uncommon to use chassis numbers of written off cars with fiscal motives, to protect the customer from the extremely high import taxes on new vehicles in certain countries, as well as practical reasons, given that the car kept the previous registration and related documents.
The Miura SV #3673 was delivered in late 1972 to its first owner, Mr. Mecin, in South Africa, painted Rosso Corsa (red), with a lower gold band and interiors in black leather, and this is exactly how it is now, 47 years later, in perfect condition following the Polo Storico restoration.
The restoration took 13 months and involved the complete dismantling of the car, which made it possible to verify each and every detail: from the markings of the frame, body, and interiors, to the numbering and dating present on the other components. Polo Storico also verified the conformity with the notes present in the assembly books stored in the Lamborghini archives.
When the Miura arrived in Sant’Agata Bolognese for the restoration, it was complete but showed clear signs of wear and tear. The Polo Storico technicians, faithful to the commitment to conserve as much as possible while maintaining the utmost authenticity, gave priority to repairing and restoring rather than replacing.
Polo Storico is only three years old, but the firm has already produced some incredible restorations, including another Miura to celebrate the car's 50th birthday in 2016. It can handle the restoration and certification for every Lamborghini model produced up until 2001 and manages archives to reference for future restorations.