A very rare Lamborghini Miura SVJ is to be auctioned in Arizona next week, with a price tag of USD 2.5 million dollars. Only seven examples of this beauty have ever existed.
The Miura SVJ received its "J" badge after Bob Wallace, the Chief Test Driver at Lamborghini wanted to adapt the Miura for sport. Wallace modified the car to meet specifications of the FIA. It met with the appendix J of FIA regulations and was thus named "Jota".
The stock, company fitted parts were replaced by lightweight parts. The Chassis was stiffened and the weight was better balanced by re arranging components.
Ferruccio Lamborghini however, didn't feel as eager as Wallace so he scrapped the project. A millionaire named Alfredo Belpone bought one, just in time.
The prototype shortly after, met with a crash. Just when Wallace's work looked like it was over, many Lamborgini customers who had the Miura SV, sent it back to the factory to get the cars modded to the same spec as the Miura SVJ.
Powering the car was a transverse 12-cylinder, 3.9-liter engine that made 385 horsepower and mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The car to be auctioned has been under a two-year restoration process although it has never been crashed. The rare Lamborghini was certified by many experts as well as Wallace himself before he died.