Lot 419A: Lamborghini Jalpa
The aim of a smaller less-expensive model to complement its V12-engined cars was realized by Lamborghini in 1970 with the announcement of the Urraco. Intended to compete with rivals such as Ferrari's Dino 308 and Porsche's 911, the four-seater Urraco retained the Miura's basic mechanical layout, but in place of the former's transversely-mounted 4.0-litre V12 used a 2.5-litre V8. A two-seater development, the Bertone-styled Silhouette, appeared in 1976 powered by the Urraco P300's four-cam, 3.0-litre V8. Intended as a 308GTB competitor, the Silhouette possessed excellent handling balance and was every bit as quick as its Ferrari rival in a straight line, but never achieved anything like the same volume of sales. Notable as the first open Lamborghini, the Silhouette was produced for little more than a year, a mere 52 being made, and had gone by 1978. Based on the defunct Silhouette, 1982's Jalpa was reworked by the great Giulio Alfieri, late of Maserati, who lengthened the engine's stroke for a capacity of 3,485cc. Maximum power increased to 255bhp, good enough to give the aerodynamic Jalpa a top speed of around 155mph. There were a few styling changes - neater chin spoiler, subtly altered rear quarters, different wheels - while inside the interior's ergonomics were significantly improved. Otherwise the Jalpa remained much as its predecessor but would enjoy considerably greater success, remaining in production into the 1990s by which time 419 cars had been built. Of those cars, number 71 is on offer here. The car, finished in Bright Red over Black interior, is a well maintained example showing 29,000 miles, with recent mechanical servicing, including a carburetor rebuild, balance and tune by a Lamborghini Dealer, reworked suspension, cooling system, brakes, drive belts, fuseblock, and upgraded engine mounts. The car comes with all books, keys, tools, and service records.
Bonhams & Butterfields, The Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles
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