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Coachwork by Bertone
*Please note this vehicle is accompanied by a set of original Pirelli tires, but not the Campagnolo wheels as stated in the catalogue.
From a Private Southern California CollectionZani Automobili, Ravenna, Italy (acquired new in 1971)Claudio Zampolli, Modena, Italy (acquired circa 1978)Louis Puccio, Anaheim, California (acquired from the above in 1995)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2005)
Quail Motorsports Gathering, Carmel Valley, California, August 2006Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, Palos Verdes, California, September 2006 (First in Class)Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance, Pasadena, California, 2009 (First in Class)Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, Palos Verdes, California, September 2009 (Third in Class)
At the Geneva Auto Show in March 1971, Lamborghini unveiled the P400 SV, the ultimate evolution of its groundbreaking Miura supercar. Outwardly defined by its flared rear fender arches, 7- and 9-inch-wide Campagnolo wheels, and unadorned headlights, the SV’s most important features were found beneath the exotic Bertone coachwork.
The SV benefited from a reinforced chassis, redesigned rear suspension, and subtle engine revisions that increased peak power to 385 bhp. Lamborghini’s program of continuous mechanical development meant that the final Miura was a significantly faster and more composed machine than its predecessors. Beyond its exceptional performance, the SV’s style and exclusivity set it apart from every other car on the road.
From 1971 to 1973, Lamborghini constructed just 150 examples of the P400 SV, a figure that represents less than 20% of total Miura production. Regarded as one of the most exciting high-performance cars of its day, the SV now ranks among the top tier of collector cars and stands as an icon of automotive design.
According to factory records, this Miura P400 SV, chassis 4920, was completed on July 20, 1971, making it one of only 70 examples completed during the model’s first production year.Assigned production number 651, it was originally finished in Rosso Corsa paint with black vinyl upholstery. According to factory records, Rosso Corsa was the most popular choice for the SV, with 46 originally specified in the color. It is also important to note that the SV illustrated in factory literature was finished in this vibrant livery and that Ferruccio Lamborghini selected it for his personal car, chassis 5028.
According to Joe Sackey’s book The Lamborghini Miura Bible, 4920 is one of only 11 single-sump SVs equipped with Borletti air-conditioning from the factory. At $555, air-conditioning was among the most expensive options available for the SV, and it is believed that just 30 were specified with the option.
In August 1971, 4920 was invoiced to official Lamborghini concessionaire Zani Automobili in Ravenna, making it one of 49 SVs delivered new in Italy. While the name of the first private owner has not been recorded, by 1977 or 1978 Claudio Zampolli of Modena, Italy, acquired the Miura.
An engineer at Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A between 1966 and 1975, Mr. Zampolli worked alongside Bob Wallace testing and improving the Miura, from the S model onward. Having collaborated with the Miura’s original chassis designer, Gian Paolo Dallara, on the revised rear suspension for the SV, Mr. Zampolli was tasked with overseeing the model’s production and with road testing cars prior to delivery.
In a recent conversation, Mr. Zampolli recalled that Zani Automobili ordered 4920 for an important client who requested a variety of special features. These included chrome bumpers and trim, an external fuel filler, and a unique front-end treatment, with hood vents finished in the style of the rear engine bay slats. According to Mr. Zampolli, 4920 remained in this form when he purchased it in the late 1970s. Early in his ownership, Mr. Zampolli exported the Miura to the US where it was kept at his Southern California home with vanity plates reading “SV BULL.”
In the late 1980s, Mr. Zampolli established Cizeta Automobili, a boutique supercar manufacturer based in Modena. Soon after, 4920 returned to Italy and was completely restored inside the Cizeta factory, where the Marcello Gandini-designed V16T supercar was being built. Once restored, the SV returned to California and in 1995 was sold to Louis Puccio of Anaheim. The current owner purchased 4920 from Mr. Puccio in 2005; it has since been in his collection of fine Italian sports cars.
Although the SV has been driven just 300 km over the past decade, the consignor has enlisted the leading West Coast Miura specialists to ensure that it is regularly maintained. Numerous receipts and photographs documenting the work performed are included in the car’s file and are available for review.Today, 4920 remains in excellent condition and is presented in its original Rosso Corsa livery, highlighted by the unique chrome trim. Meticulously detailed, down to the correct-type hose clamps and Pirelli CN12 Cinturato tires, this outstanding Miura has received awards at prominent Southern California concours.
Though the tan leather upholstery and standard bonnet treatment depart from the factory specification, it should be noted that the original fuel tank and hood slats accompany the car at auction. Significantly, the SV also retains its matching-numbers engine (30655) and the original Lamborghini warranty card (certificato di assistenza in garanzia), stamped with the chassis and engine number. The sale also includes rare accessories (a tool roll, jack, and owner’s manual), as well as a complete additional set of original Campagnolo wheels and Pirelli tires.
Offered at public auction for the first time, this exceptionally rare P400 SV is an important example of the most highly sought-after Miura. Given its desirable factory specification, excellent provenance, and superb overall presentation, 4920 is a Lamborghini fit for the most discerning collector.