- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A rare Lamborghini Miura SV that hails from 1971 and once wore the proud title of fastest production car in the world has been reduced to ashy shell, half of its body and engine consumed by fire.

A YouTube video of the destroyed car showed an interior that was completely gutted. The New York Daily News reported that the weekend blaze on London roads likely started in the area between the front and rear axle, where the engine is placed.

As devastating as the fire was, car enthusiasts are holding out hope for restoration.

“The Lamborghini Miura SV is never beyond repair,” car specialist James Cottingham said, in The Daily Mail. “It will need a full restoration, but the car will be back on the road.”

There are only 764 Miura models in the world. In 1966, and with a speed of 171 miles-per-hour, it was considered the fastest production car on the road.

Just two years ago, its prototype sold for $1.7 million at auction. Sports Car Market puts the value of the car closer to $675,000, with a maximum of $850,000, the New York Daily News reported.