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In March 1971, the Lamborghini Miura SV, being the last evolution of the highly successful P400 project, made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show’s Lamborghini stand. In the same event, Carrozzeria Bertone additionally unveiled their concept car for future production: the Countach LP 500.  

It was initially expected that the Miura SV would accompany the S version, but after the enormous success that it enjoyed, the SV replaced the S version. 

The Miura SV is the most coveted production vehicle ever to be produced by Lamborghini, considered by many to be the best representation of the ‘supercar’ concept of its time.

The creators of the Miura and Miura S, Giampaolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani have affirmed that the SV profited from all the experience and lessons they discovered in the first five years of the Miura production. 

The engine of the SV delivered increased power, producing 385 HP at 7850 rpm. Handling was also improved due to its improved torque (40.7kgm at 5750 rpm) with the four type 40IDL3C Weber triple barrel carburetors also receiving a new setting.

A hugely significant technical improvement, implemented while the SV was already in production, was introducing a separate lubrication system between the engine and gearbox.

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Compared to the other Miuras, the P 400 and P400 S, the Miura SV sets itself apart technically and stylistically. 

While preserving the general layout with a 4-liter 12-cylinder transversely mounted rear-mid engine, the SV was supplied with a stiffer chassis with some strategic reinforcements. The SV had an almost 130mm wide track and a revised rear suspension system with different anchor points and arms.

front and rear tires different sizes

The tires of the front and rear of the Miura SV are different sizes, with the rear wheels increased from 7 to 9 inches and equipped with 255-section tires. Even the rims’ design was improved to deliver a sportier look, with many SV customers ordering the rims with the striking gold finish. 

The Miura SV’s technical modifications also meant an update on the exterior was needed, handing the responsibility to the very person who oversaw

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The Stunning Lamborghini Miura SV Turns 50
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/lamborghini-miura-sv-turns-50/
Published Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 20:45:04 +0000

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/vincent-rapide-bonhams
Published Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 17:00:38 +0000

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Title: Fast Tubes
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 06:59:17 +0000

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.

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GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/gordon-murray-automotives-new-t-50-production-line/
Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:42:33 +0000

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