An extremely rare Lamborghini supercar that is one of only 11 of its kind in the world has sold in Britain for over £1.9million.
The Miura SV was one of the most desirable cars on the planet when it was made in 1972 and just 147 left the Italian marque’s factory – of which nine were right-hand drive.
An Australian car collector was so desperate to own one he contacted Lamborghini and proposed converting two left-hand drive models.
The company carried out the work meaning they have ended up building two more right-hand drive versions than they had originally intended.
The car spent nearly 40 years Down Under before it was shipped to Britain in 2010, when it was bought by the vendor. He has now sold it with Silverstone Auctions of Ashorne, Warwickshire, where it fetched £1,912,500.
Managing Director of Silverstone Auctions Nick Whale said: ‘We were delighted to offer this car in our flagship auction.
‘The Miura is the original supercar which set the standard and this one is in a highly original condition which sets itself apart from others.
‘It has been exceptionally well maintained and has a distinguished history, having spent the majority of its time forming part of significant private collections.
‘Amazingly, being in right-hand drive there is more space and also more comfort, allowing for easier use of the close pedal configuration.’
The car has a red body, gold bumpers and wheels and a simple black interior. It is powered by a four-litre V12 engine and has a top speed of 180mph. It remains in pristine condition and has just 32,000 miles on the clock.
The Miura was named after a well-known and fighting bull breeder in Spain and shot to fame when it featured in the opening sequence of the original 1969 version of The Italian Job.
A prototype of the supercar also won the prestigious Gran Turismo Trophy at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California in 2008.