CHASSIS NO: ZA9J00000GLA12297
• 1 of only 410 Jalpa models ever produced
• Only 6,640 miles from new; Recently serviced
• Factory OZ wheels and rear-wing delete
• Outstanding color combination
3,485cc DOHC V-8 engine, four two-barrel Weber DCNF carburetors, 255 HP at 7,000 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent coil spring suspension, four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic ventilated disc brakes; wheelbase: 96.5”
The goal of bringing to market a smaller, less-expensive model to complement its V-12-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 V-12, it used a 2.5-litre V-8. A two-seater development, the Bertone-styled Silhouette, appeared in 1976 powered by the Urraco P300’s four-cam, 3.0-litre V-8. 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 slightly longer than a year, with a mere 52 being produced, and had disappeared by 1978.
Based on the discontinued 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 255 horsepower, sufficient enough to give the sleek, aerodynamic Jalpa a top speed of around 155 mph. There were a few styling changes as well – cleaner front chin spoiler, subtly altered rear quarters and 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 late 1980s by which time 410 cars had been built. With unibody construction costing about half as much as the fabled Countach, the Jalpa’s rigid body, four-wheel independent suspension, five-speed gearbox, and 154 mph top speed earned high marks from the automotive press for its sure-footed driving characteristics. Contemporary road tests lauded the car’s merits: Auto Italia’s Robert Giordanelli commented that while the Jalpa was not the fastest Lamborghini, it was the easiest to drive. In the U.S., Road & Track magazine said that the Jalpa was, “one of the most exciting cars to drive we’ve come across in recent years,” and commended its Marcello Gandini designed Bertone coachwork and the interior. 0 to 60 mph was quoted as 7.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 155 mph; excellent performance for 1985. Motor Trend magazine said, "If Magnum ever has to chase villains fleeing in a Jalpa, he might as well park the Ferrari."
This Jalpa is finished in brilliant Bianco white with red interior and is in a remarkable state of preservation, accumulating a carefully driven, mere 10,693km on the odometer. Notable on this particular Jalpa is the absence of a rear spoiler wing from the factory, allowing one to fully appreciate the styling details implemented by the great designer, Giulio Alfieri. This car also wears a set of highly-desirable OZ wheels that further enhance its handsome good looks. One of only 410 Jalpa models Lamborghini produced during its entire manufacturing period between 1982 and 1988, it has been recently serviced, which included a rebuild of the carburetors, and is ready to enjoy. In comparison to the mighty Countach of the same vintage, the Jalpa is much more rare, easier to operate and maintain, and more affordable. Exotic car enthusiasts everywhere are starting to take notice of the Jalpa, and interest in these special Lamborghinis is on the rise for collectors worldwide. This example presents a rare opportunity to acquire a seldom seen example from one of Italy's greatest automotive manufacturers.