A long history of V12-powered Lamborghinis is coming to an end, but not without a bit of fanfare.
Lamborghini’s Polo Storico department is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Lamborghini’s history and historical Lamborghinis, which currently consist of anything produced from 2001 and before. One of the most important parts of that history is the brand’s use of V12 engines, which can be traced back as far as cars like the Countach and Miura. To celebrate the history of the Lamborghini V12 as the brand prepares to make a transition towards electrification, Lamborghini Polo Storico has installed two pieces of Lamborghini V12 history at the Rétromobile classic car show in Paris.
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Those are a reconstruction of the very first Countach prototype from 1971, and the body of a Lamborghini Miura P400 SV that is currently in the process of restoration. The original Countach LP 500 prototype is in the iconic original color, “Giallo Fly Speciale.” It is meant to match the car that was shown at the Geneva Motor Show some 51 years ago in March 1971 and was destroyed in a crash test for approval just three years later in 1974. The reconstruction consisted of restored parts from the era or bespoke recreations of parts that are no longer available, and took roughly 25,000 hours to complete.
The Miura P400 SV on display is the body of a car that is currently being restored by Polo Storico for a collector. It will be repainted in its original “Arancio Miura” orange, and the interior and other components will be put back in once they are finished being restored. While it’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to something we have known for so long, like the Lamborghini V12, it’s always nice to look to the past to inform and look forward to the future.