Lamborghini Polo Storico at Techno Classica 2016: restorations celebrate Miura 50th anniversary
Lamborghini Polo Storico is at Techno Classica in Essen, 6-10 April 2016, celebrating the Miura's 50th anniversary and illustrating its scope of expertise in restoring classic Lamborghini models. Showing the original Miura SV first unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and the subject of a full restoration by Lamborghini Polo Storico, the stand also displays a Miura chassis demonstrating work in progress and a fully overhauled Miura engine.
"Techno Classica is the ideal forum at which to demonstrate the restoration expertise of Lamborghini Polo Storico," said Enrico Maffeo, Head of Polo Storico. "Since Polo Storico's official launch a year ago, a number of important restorations have already been commissioned including the first Miura SV chassis #4846, as well as our ongoing work in archiving, certification and management of spare parts for classic Lamborghini models."
The original Lamborghini Miura SV, chassis #4846 is the pre-production model for subsequent Miura SV models, and was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show on Bertone's stand (while Lamborghini showed its new Countach LP 500). The car was truly a one-off, carrying over parts from the previous Miura S and introducing new features that would be seen on later SVs. Lamborghini Polo Storico was appointed to fully restore chassis #4846 to its perfect original state. The subject of exhaustive research, each detail of the Geneva show car has been respected rather than adopting later production SV parts.
Shown in metallic green (Verde Metallizzata) with tan leather, the restoration of the car by Polo Storico has included a complete restrip of the chassis and engine. Using photos and other archived historic documentation, every panel on the Miura has been returned to its original lines and angles and, following the original production sheet and records held by Automobili Lamborghini, every component restored or replaced. Expert Lamborghini craftsmanship and original Lamborghini parts have been used throughout, from bodywork to repainting the car in its original color, refurbishing the interior and overhauling the engine.
Also on display is a part-restored Miura SV chassis # 5030. The body in white demonstrates a chassis' restoration by Automobili Lamborghini Polo Storico. Drawing on the references and expertise available from Lamborghini Polo Storico's archives including production sheets, technical references and imaging scans of Miura chassis, the frame was corrected on a jig while the body panels were restored to their original lines and shapes. The chassis is now ready for anti-rust treatment and subsequently for pre-coating prior to paint.
A Lamborghini Miura P400S engine, no. 30563 from chassis #4644 is on display following a thorough overhaul by Lamborghini Polo Storico, using original classic spare parts to fully respect the original finish of Miura production engines in the late '60s.
Lamborghini Polo Storico officially opened in spring 2015, supporting historic models and Lamborghini's heritage through four main areas: restoration of historic Lamborghini models; archive management; original Lamborghini spare parts for which around 70% of the historic car park is covered; and official certification of Lamborghini historic cars.