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Bob Wallace was responsible for many specialized Lamborghini projects, and most argueably his crowning acheivement was the Miura Jota.

The car's designation as Jota, which is the pronunciation for the letter j, is a reference to the Interantional Auto Racing appendix. Underneath the Miura body styling, nearly everything else is redesigned and built by Mr. Wallace, to make this a very unique vehicle.
The floor pan of the car, as well as a bulk of the car's body, were made out of aircraft industry alloys to save weight. The body redesign features included sinking the headlights to a fixed position under plastic lense guards. To bring the weight distribution to a more balanced design, the spare tire was moved to the rear of the car, and the front mounted fuel tank was removed in lieu of 2 smaller tanks placed inside of the side door sills. Interior design changes varied from hanging the pedals from under the dash as opposed to mounting them to the floor as the production Miura had, and of course the loss of any unnecessary trim from the cabin. The Jota was also outfitted with wider campagnolo wheels, which required a redesign of the car's suspension system.
In the engine bay, raising the compression of the engine along with creating a new open exhaust and installing a new electronic ignition system, brought the power output to 440 bhp. Mr. Wallace also used a dry-sump lubrication system developed on this car, as well as oil cooler radiators from the Isolero, to help keep things running smoothly.
This very unique car covered approximately 20,000 KM on the Pirelli test track, driven by Mr. Wallace, which all led to the development of the tires to be used on the production Miuras in the future.
On February 8 1972 the Miura Jota was sold to a private owner to help offset financial issues within Lamborghini. Shortly afterward, the mechanic for the new owner, while on a saturday afternoon joy ride, split one of the side fuel tanks resulting in a fire which destroyed the entire car including it's frame.
The car became legendary, and infact inspired a few replica Miuras to be made by the factory for owners that requested it. 5 replica's in total were produced, 3 receiving the dry sump lubrication conversion, and all of them for the most part only benefiting from the cosmetic changes. Underneath, they remain "normal" Miuras.
 

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Replica Jota Photos

These are photos of some of the Replica SV Jota Miuras. The original is not present in many photographs, and the black and white one in the first post of this thread is one of the best to be found.
These cars give you a clearer sense of the Jota styling if nothing else.
The maroon SVJ with white interior pictured below is now owned by actor Nicholas Cage, among other Lamborghinis and exotics. Some of these cars have been painted and repainted through the years, so do be fooled, they are very few in number.



 
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