Market Finds: A Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR Is Not Your Average Used Car

A Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR Is Not Your Average Used Car

By Michael Banovsky
October 9, 2015

Photography by Bingo Sports

Browsing the website of high-end Japanese dealer Bingo Sports has been a pastime of mine for a few years now, because its selection simply beggars belief. Pagani Huayras sit next to four-door Hakosuka Nissan Skyline GT-Rs. Porschephiles have their pick between a 959, 911 3.6 RS, and a Schuppan 962CR. And I haven’t even mentioned the Bugatti Veyron, ex-Ferrari Formula 1 car, or the Ferraro 288 GTO Evoluzione.

The 1968 Lamborghini Miura Jota SVR stands out here not only because of its rarity but because it’s being offered after being in Japan for 40 years. In fact, if you own a Kyosho scale model of the Miura Jota SVR, it was most likely modelled after this very car.

Miura “Jota” models are difficult to quantify, as after the only prototype was destroyed, a handful of cars were converted by the Lamborghini factory to “Jota” specification, which was work done entirely by hand and on a case-by-case basis. Chassis number 3781 is being offered by Bingo Sports as arguably the most pure example of the very small Jota club. Originally a 1968 Miura, it was converted for the German Lamborghini importer Herbert Hanhe, who had the car for less than a year before it was shipped to its home somewhere in Japan.

Price? Sadly, it’s unlisted. But if you have to ask…

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Pieter Ameye
Pieter Ameye(@pietera)
6 years ago

A standard Miura (SV) looks better in pretty much every way.

Edward Levin
Edward Levin(@edl)
6 years ago

“SVR”, my ass. The factory never used that designation, and I’m not sure you could find a [i]less [/i]original Jota conversion–inside or out.

Fraser Wright
Fraser Wright(@fb_672759427)
6 years ago
Reply to  Edward Levin

Totally with you on that one. The wing bolted to the louver is the gauge of how badly this car has been ‘upgraded’ by someone back in the day. The car has been for sale for quite a while but not selling within the Lamborghini community but this was a 1980’s interpretation by a German of what the factory did. Hence the BBS wheels, Sparco seat and airhorns.

Nick Holbrook
Nick Holbrook(@holbrooknr)
6 years ago
Reply to  Fraser Wright

it was actually a 1975 conversion of a Miura S
ordered via Hubert Hahne (the german importer) and according to the Coltrin book the work was actually done by the factory.

personally its not my cup of tea, too ott and loses too much of the Miuras lines, but it is one of the most scale modelled Miuras ever and retains huge popularity in Japan

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman(@fb_1293493178)
6 years ago

the car looks like a ricer’s wet dream, hardly “the most pure example of the very small Jota club. ”

6 years ago

Bob Wallace, in the afterlife, must be smiling and hoping that one of his “pets” will be free again to be on the road, and hopefully be exercised far from a museum/private collection.