Lot 412: Lamborghini Jalpa
The 1982-1989 Lamborghini Jalpa was the junior Lamborghini of the 1980s -- essentially an updated Silhouette issued after a four-year hiatus to rejoin the battle with Ferrari's similar 308-series. Major changes involved a quad-cam V-8 stroked to 3.5 liters for easier emissions tuning, plus somewhat more aggressive styling (mainly in bodyside treatment), again conceived and executed by Bertone. The name Jalpa came from a famous breed of fighting bulls, Ferruccio Lamborghini having a liking for bulls and being a Taurus, he ended to give most Lamborghini cars bullfighting-related names. The Jalpa was still a Targa-style two-seater with a carbureted engine mounted transversely amidships, plus a five-speed rear transaxle and fully independent suspension, all as per the Urraco/Silhouette, but it was little quicker with added amenities for more civilized touring. Chassis number ZA9Z00000FLA12199 was first registered on 16th August 1985 and acquired for the collection on 4th July 1987. Shortly thereafter, the car was subject to an extensive service, with many minor parts being repaired or replaced. Since then, the car has been kept in dry storage with a full-time staff employed to maintain it and the other cars in the prestigious collection. The car is therefore in very good condition throughout. Finished in red with a black leather interior, this car represents the pinnacle of Lamborghini's 1980s supercar technology. Not to be missed by any enthusiast of the marque!
Coys, Royal Horticultural Halls, London
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