Our guest contributor from flüssig magazine, Andy, is perpetually scanning the classifieds for unique cars. He came across this 1976 Lamborghini Uracco P250 for sale, one of the most attainable Lamborghinis as of late. However, like air-cooled 911s pushing up the values of other P-cars like 944s and 928s, this Uracco is benefitting from the ever increasing values of classic Lamborghinis. Want to stand out from the crowd of V12 Lambos? Try one of these V8 wedges.
1976 Lamborghini Urraco P250. Arancio (Orange) Exterior with very original Black and Grey Interior. Original 2.5L Single Overhead-Cam V-8 and 5 Speed Manual Transmission. Features include Air Conditioning, Power Windows, AM/FM Radio, Proper Tool Kit, and rare Original Alloy Wheels with Proper Michelin XWX Radials. Showing only 35,357 Kilometers (21,969 miles), and lots of evidence of a life of gentle use. Just in from very particular collector and Mershon family friend. Recent service included Timing Belt, Ignition and Carburetor Overhaul by well recognized Columbus OH Evans Automotive. Documentation include service receipts, owner history and interesting paper trail from its original export from Antwerp to Jacksonville FL in 1983. Very nicely finished in its original color combination, well detailed, serviced and ready to enjoy. The Urraco served as Lamborghini's competitive answer to Ferrari's Dino and Porsche's 911. Designed by Marcello Gandini and shaped by Berton, this is one of just a few Lamborghini models to offer 2+2 seating. Widely considered to be undervalued in todays constantly appreciating Lamborghini lineup, recent sales suggest the Urraco in general is a wise investment. Being one of only 520 P250 Urraco's built, this example would be a perfect addition or start to any collection.
This Uracco could be considered the father to the Gallardo 6-speed we featured last week. Smaller, lighter and down on cylinder count versus its larger siblings, the Uracco nonetheless hold an important place in Lamborghini history, as it went on to form the basis of the later Jalpa and Silhouette. These three cars were the only ones to feature the V8 engine designed by Gian Paolo Dallara, who designed race cars for the Williams F1 team and expanded later into IndyCar. It's pedigree like this that gets collectors' attention.
Over the past few years, major automobile manufacturers have "pioneered" a new concept; the Grand Coupe design. Cars like the BMW M6, Audi RS7 and Mercedes-Benz CLSs have seen a return of the swoopy lines with, in the case of the Audi, a practical hatchback design. But this concept really isn't new at all; personal luxury coupes have been around for some time, and one of the best has to be the Lamborghini Espada. Room for 4 plus luggage, a fabulous V12 soundtrack and great looks make this one of the most desirable classic Lamborghinis made in my mind:
I am reluctantly selling my 1975 Euro Espada. In 2002, I was perusing Hemmings and saw this car was being sold, and as it was only 4 blocks from my house, how could I not go and at least take a look. When I went to look at it I found it was a Euro market car. This meant it had the small chrome bumpers, no emission controls, and the dual alternator setup. It also had the euro side markers/turn signals and no ugly Federal corner lights. I much prefer the interior layout of this S3, but I admit that not having the earlier style Miura wheels is a drawback. The story I was told by the seller was that his dad bought the car new in Italy where he was living at the time. His dad relocated to Texas where it remained until 2001 when his son drove it to California. I have a clear Texas signed and undated title. I never signed it or registered it in my name. I assume that if you are reading this you have some knowledge about this model, and Lamborghinis in general. They are not for the faint of heart or the casual wrench. Parts and/or service are VERY expensive.
Big bonus- 1975 model cars are exempt from emission testing in California.
It drove well and everything (except the A/C) worked. It has the desirable power steering (not sure if that was on all S3 models). I did notice that it had a recent paint job that looked pretty good on the surface, but I suspected that the prep work was not very good. This proved to be correct as the paint has now cracked and bubbled in several places. It appears to be very original throughout and doesn't seem to have been "messed" with. I find no signs that it has ever really been worked on or modified(other than paint and front seats) The front seats have obviously been recovered, and not that well done relative to the original quality (pattern is also not correct as seen on the rear seats which have not been redone). The windshield is also delaminating, showing small bubbles between the layers of glass. The rest of the glass is excellent. Some front carpet pieces up front are missing. The major flaw in the car is the frame on the drivers side where the lower control arm attaches. It is of square tubing and has severe rust on the lower horizontal side of the tube, making it unsafe to drive in my opinion. I have the front clip of an S2 (photo available) which is included in the sale, which has excellent frame components, that I believe are the same. It could also be repaired in situ. There are also several spots of improper jack placement with corresponding damage to the floor (on the driver's side only for some reason). The exhaust looks excellent with the exception of a rust repair on one of the mufflers. The throttle linkages including the carb butterfly shaft seals/bearings are very good. It has the original locking gas caps and under hood heat pad material in very good condition. The aluminum hood and the rest of the body is very straight and in excellent condition. I cannot guarantee it, of course, but I can find no sign of body damage/repair.
As I began to work on the engine I found cracks at the base of intake manifolds (which I found out was a relatively common problem) which of course was letting in unmetered air, causing a lean condition. Now the list of "might as wells" began. I removed the manifolds and had them repaired to a very high standard, then powder coated in an aluminum color. I started accumulating parts as seen in pictures including, new plug wire set, 6 Weber DCOE rebuilt kits, gasket set, air filters, hydraulic reservoirs, Earl's stainless line and fittings for carb fuel lines, belts, filters, water thermostat, timing chains, rebuilt the water pump with new bearings and seals, windshield gasket, etc. I cleaned and powder coated many parts including the valve covers (one of which I sanded to reveal lettering- as seen in picture). I purchased new chrome acorn nuts and studs. I even made a copy of the factory tool for adjusting the timing chains. I also powder coated the grill elements and replaced the headlights with E-code H4 and H1 units. The rear tail light clusters are brand new (housings and lenses) as well as the white parking light lenses up front. Reproduction owners manual, original tech manual, and original parts list is included.
Compression tests and leak down as follows, cylinders 1 thru 12 : 210/18%, 225/24%, 220/26%, 210/28%, 210/27%, 210/14%, 240/34%, 215/30%, 220/14%, 215/28%, 220/28%, 210/24%
In my opinion, this car would be a very worthy candidate for a complete restoration. It could however be reassembled and the frame repaired and enjoyed as is. Although expensive, even if you are doing much of the work yourself, I think it could be done not "too" far out of the current money. I also believe that these models will being going up in value substantially. So after saying that, why am I selling? Well, mostly the usual reasons. I have a lack of funds and time to complete all of the projects I currently have. This car deserves a competent restoration, as I would be surprised if even half of the 1200 or so produced still exist.
I can assist, at a cost, with enclosed transport if within a days drive.
I have lots more pictures available and will take pictures of anything specific upon request. Please ask all questions and you will get 100% honest answers. Although I have done my best to accurately describe the vehicles condition I strongly suggest that the vehicle is seen in person so that there are no disappointments.
Overall this car presents well and looks great with European-spec bumpers. There are certainly some question marks and big bills if you want to get it together or completely restore it, but putting it together and driving it surely is possible. Unless you're talented and planning to do the work yourself, it would likely be less of a headache to just buy one complete - but this is a Lamborghini, and Lamborghinis are made of stories - what better story to have than resurrecting a raging bull?
There are plenty of cars out there that are in horrible shape, left to rot and sulk in corners surrounded by the shadows of their former glory. Some of them are even very expensive cars that you can't believe would be forgotten and neglected, but often the best laid plans can go awry and one man's vision of a restored car is in reality a project that will never see fruition. But in recent years there has been a tremendous amount of interest in "barn finds" - cars that are just these types of situations, and today's Jarama 400GT could probably be classified as such. All original minus a pretty spectacular set of Miura SV wheels, this already rare Jarama is ready for a full restoration - or would you keep the patina?
1971 Lamborghini Jarama
Red with Black Leather Interior
The Jarama, introduced in 1970, was one of the last front-engined Lamborghini GT’s, concluding the line that began with the very first Lamborghini, the 350GT. Mechanically, it was similar to the Espada, but with a 10.6 inch shorter wheelbase, the Jarama was considerably more agile to drive. Fitted with Lamborghini’s sophisticated quad-cam V-12, all independent suspension, and five-speed gearbox, the Jarama was a deliberately understated high performance “businessman’s express” intended for those who appreciated Lamborghini’s engineering and performance, but who wanted to maintain a more refined lifestyle and image. Nevertheless, the styling has a subdued excitement that is hinted at by the sharp creases and muscular wheelarches. The car is very well proportioned, and thanks to its thin pillars and generous greenhouse, visibility is excellent. Today, the Jarama continues to exemplify this more subdued approach to enjoying a Lamborghini, in addition to gaining momentum as collectors and enthusiasts start to appreciate the unique blend of attributes that the car embodies.
This particular car is a longtime California example which the previous owner reports has covered 26,000 miles from new and has never been apart. It is structurally excellent and highly complete, with and overwhelming sense of authenticity. He purchased the car in 1989, drove it once, and then laid it up with the intention of restoring it. It sits on genuine and extremely rare Miura SV wheels, which are staggered in width and tremendously valuable. It also comes with its original tool kit, jack, books, manual, and several photos taken in 1988 in San Diego, in which the car looks virtually identical to its present day appearance, right down to the car’s stunning and absolutely fantastic stance facilitated by the staggered wheels.
The car needs a complete restoration but is gloriously complete and undisturbed. All mechanical and cosmetic systems should be inspected and restored as necessary but everything is there, right down to the accessories and Becker Europa radio. The body is extremely straight with great fit and virtually no rust. The small amount of rust present is limited to the rocker panels. The undercarriage is extremely solid as well. The engine compartment is unmodified in appearance, right down to the original FIAMM silk screening on the airbox covers and the windscreen washer fluid reservoir. The car is fitted with air conditioning.
This is a superb opportunity to acquire an ideal restoration project. Just 177 Jaramas were built, and this is an exceptionally honest, solid, and undisturbed example that could serve as an invaluable reference for originality for other cars, as well as for this car’s restoration. It is highly complete, extremely sound, and is reported to have covered just 26,000 miles from new.
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I know it's far from perfect, but there's something that's indescribably cool about the current state of this car. Granted, it likely needs a full mechanical service and updating, and I'd probably recover the seats so that I wasn't getting covered in a fine dust of disintegrating seat internals every time I went for a drive. But this Jarama has presence - especially with the Miura wheels - and it would be neat to just cruise around in it, regardless of whether the outside was perfect or not. The mechanical restoration alone won't be cheap or easy, but currently the car sits on reserve with bidding around $30,000 - with top Jaramas only bringing around $80,000 these days, you could concievably end up not losing your shirt in this deal - but I'd spend a little on a mechanical sorting and just drive it, personally. Just don't forget your gold chain.
When you think classic Lamborghinis, the Jarama probably doesn't make your list. Nor does it make the list of popular 1970s GTs, the list of Bertone's best designs, or frankly the list of Lamborghini's best designs. But what it is is a quirky GT that had a big, thunderous V12 under the front hood, room for 4 and a manual transmission driving the rear wheels. Unfortunately, it sort of looked like a first generation Scirocco had mated with a Muria, but let's not forget what many other cars looked like in the 1970s...it was neat, and that's what counted. Rare new, and even more rare today, there is a nice example for sale today:
- The car is having a new interior put in it right now I will get back to you with a price.
- Clean solid NO rust -
- Clean driver condition.
- Manual Trans.
- Numbers Matching.
- Needs Nothing and ready for a new owner.
See specs and history.
Can be exported at your cost...
- Serious collectors please...more pics coming and on request....
$$ Best Offer ... USD American dollars...
Not much information is provided, nor are there detailed photos of the engine or interior. Service history would be a big plus here, since keeping those big V12 motors running properly can be an expensive undertaking. I do love the combination of green and tan; a bit unusual for a Lamborghini of this vintage - or at all, really. The NACA ducts are always a favorite of mine in this generation Lamborghini, though ultimately I think the Espada is the cooler of the two. If you're into the Jarama, though, the price on this model is about $15,000 above market value, though they've been heading steadily upwards and there aren't many out there - especially in green!
When it comes to revolutionary designs in Italian car history, there are plenty to choose from. However, when it comes to controversial and polarizing car designs, few manufacturers manage to embody these traits quite as well as Lamborghini. Spurred on by his rivalry of Ferrari in the early 1960s, Ferruccio Lamborghini went from making cars that were in the mold of Ferraris - the 350 GT - to cars that simply broke the mold. First to emerge was the revolutionary Miura, with its transverse mid-mounted V12 and unbelievable looks. Soon after followed one of the wildest Grand Tourers the world has seen; lesser known than the Miura but sharing some of its otherworldly DNA was the Espada. A more conventional front engine platform meant there was room for two in the back, but that didn't stop the Gandini shape from being unconventional at the same time. Full of ducts, vents and grills in the front, the Espada was all glass in the rear with a rather unique see-through design. It was indescribably cool, and the Espada sold in great numbers as a result with over 1,200 produced. This 1973 model comes from the middle of the production run:
1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III red with tan interior. 5- speed . Very rare dual air conditioning. This is an excellent original California car. The paint has some blemishes but is mechanically superb. For only $89,500.
While not much mechanical history on this car is offered, it certainly looks like one of the better examples that has come to market recently. It's a great color combination and shows the Gandini design well. Typically these cars have been somewhat neglected in the classic Italian car realm, though the significance of the design is starting to show through; after all, in the past few years we've seen the "Grand Coupe" design reappear at BMW, Mercedes and Audi amongst others. At just shy of $90,000, this car represents pretty accurately the going rate for a series 3 Espada in such condition.
I grew up in the era where cars like the Countach and Testarossa were in their heyday. But somehow, I wasn’t one of those kids who plastered one of the numerous posters of these outlandish sports cars on my bedroom wall. No, I was the odd one. Cars like the Citroën SM, Buick GNX and Audi Ur-Quattro were the cars that piqued my fancy. For me, cars are like wealth. Those that have the means don’t need to shout about it. But, there’s always the subset of the population who will want the brash face to go with the performance edge.
Amazing, then, that the manufacturer that popularized the mid-engine supercar formula started off with vehicles such as this: the Islero. Few people, even enthusiasts have ever heard of this car, let alone seen one. But it offers a window into the world of early Lamborghini history. This particular example for sale in Washington state has won an award at Concorso Italiano and is in show ready condition.
Year: 1968 Model: Islero Engine: 4.0 liter V12 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 8,960 mi Price: $198,888 Buy It Now
1968 Lamborghini Islero GT 2+2 finished in stunning Argento Silver over Tobacco interior. This car, Chassis #6318 and Motor #2457 was the 104th Islero produced and delivered new on January 28th, 1969 To AutoElite in Europe. The 320bhp Lamborghini V12 engine has six Weber twin-choke carburetors and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Still retaining its original interior that is in stunning condition, it also retains its original color having been professionally re-sprayed during its cosmetic restoration. A full and comprehensive mechanical restoration was completed in 2012 at a cost of over $55,000 by Alpha of Tacoma. A strong and complete Islero with collector quality status and future upward mobility. Coming with extensive documentation from birth, such as Telex, window sticker, travel passport and multiple records and history of the car. Receipts for all recent work is available as well upon request. Sporting newer correct reproduction tires as well as its original RARE knock off Miura style wheels, its beauty is unsurpassed. A Lamborghini of the V12 era and Gentleman's GT cruisers, this show ready Islero recently won 3rd prize for 'Front Engine V12' at the Concorso Italiano. This never to be seen again styling Lamborghini Islero GT 2+2 is ready for its proud new owner!
Outside of the Miura and original 400GT, a lot of classic Lamborghinis languished in the collector market due to their obscurity. In the past several years, however, things have started to trend upward for these cars, which were devised as an onslaught to Ferrari’s dominance in the Italian sports car market. At almost $200,000 this Islero is on the high end of the market, but seeing as how it has a recent restoration and is a no excuses car, it might be worth it to the right buyer. You may get a lot of folks asking “what is it” but when they look at the badge and see the Raging Bull, you’ll garner a new found respect.
If any car ever epitomized the term “art on wheels,” it’s this one. The Lamborghini Miura. Impossibly beautiful, this was the car that created a whole new segment of sports car which came to be known as the supercar. White is an uncommon color for this mid-engined V12 exotic, but it strikes a very modern pose. It’s hard to believe this car was conceived over 50 years ago, as they look as fresh as yesterday’s news. This 1967 P400 is for sale in Germany, one of 764 built between 1966 and 1972.
Year: 1967 Model: Miura P400 Engine: 3.9 liter V12 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 200 mi Price: $1,100,000 Buy It Now
Just completed a full restoration at the Lamborghini factory in Italy. Car is in Germany. Car is sold FOB Germany. All original paint. Paint in perfect condition. All original interior, leather in perfect condition. All books and records. This car was always immaculately cared for and stored in a climate controlled garage. Will assist to arrange inspection of this very special classic Lamborghini. Import/export via air freight/ocean freight. Arranging customs documentation for import to USA. Enclosed transportation within main USA. For more information, viewing of the car or any other questions/delivery options, contact Heinz Meis via email or call 310-457-1709.
The seller’s description raises some question, namely, has this car been restored? If so, what has been done? Original paint and interior does not typically describe a “restored” vehicle. At $1,100,000, this is quite a high price for a Miura, as the very best are selling in the $600,000 to $700,000 range. In May, a 1967 P400 sold for 425,600 (~ $567,700 USD). At this price, I'd suspect this revolutionary automobile will be for sale for quite some time.
The Jarama is one of those front-engined Lamborghinis from the early 1970s that seems to be obscure to even the most die hard car enthusiasts. Perhaps it’s time people start giving these coupes a second look. Designed to replace the Islero, this car was designed to meet new US regulations by way of employing a shortened Espada chassis with a version of the corporate V12 under the bonnet. These were fast cruisers, offered with both an automatic transmission, or, the more sporting 5-speed manual like our feature car for sale in New York that was brought to our attention by our reader Matt. A little over 300 Jaramas were built, which allows you to become a part of a very exclusive club.
1971 Lamborghini Jarama GT. Red with Black leather interior and Black carpeting, Restored, 5-speed manual.
The Lamborghini Jarama was manufactired 1970 and 1976. It was designed by Bertone and designer Marcelle Gandini. Introduced in 1970 at the Geneva Auto Show, the Jarama was a replacement model for the Islero. The Jarama was offered with various options including power assisted steering, removeable roof panels, automatic transmission and an “S” version from 1973-1976. In total 328 Jarama’s were manufactured, 171 GT’s and 157 GTS’s. They are extremely rare to find in excellent condition. They are a real Italian GT car that is usable and a pleasure to drive.
This Jarama GT has benefitted from a photo documented restoration by well-known marques specialists. It is in excellent-serviced and maintained condition throughout. It is complete with original tools, keys and every document and service document from day 1! Also included is the original Bill of Sale and the Original ownership document-title.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a cost effective piece of Lamborghini history with seating for four.
I’ve always been a fan of the Islero’s coupe bodystyle, but the Jarama is also a favorite of mine, with its butch, fastback looks. It could almost be a Mach 1 Mustang’s Italian cousin. Values for good Jaramas of this vintage are ranging from $50,000 to $75,000. This one, then, is priced at the top of the range. My guess is that these early Lamborghinis can’t stay this cheap forever. Once they start to be discovered, I’d wager to say these cars will start changing hands in the low six figure range.
Like the LM002A we featured on Tuesday, the Espada was one of those oddball Lamborghinis. Other than its outlandish styling, the concept of this four seater GT car seems a distant relic from the supercars that make up the lineup today. Even though this low slung coupe may be long forgotten, it represents one of the best values in terms of classic Lamborghinis today. This silver example for sale in Nevada needs some attention but nothing that would scare off the more serious classic Italian car enthusiasts.
1973 Espada III, 2-door, 4 passanger coupe (really seats 4 adults) very good color combo, it always atrracts a lot of attention. Car was restored in 2000: engine, suspension, brakes all rebuilt; new paint and new full leather interior. Transmission was NOT rebuilt so 1st/2nd syncros are weak (double clutch it). Car only driven summers, mostly to car shows. Car took 1st place at Concourso Italiano in '08 - Espada/Islaro/Jerama class. Car has been stored for two years, so probably needs tuneup and tires are well worn.
With the transmission needing attention and the added issues of worn tires and a tune up needed, I’d suspect this Espada may bring in the neighborhood of $45,000 to $55,000, as that would leave room for such maintenance costs. It would be worth spending the time and money to bring this brute back to tip top condition. These V12 tourers represent a period in Lamborghini’s history when more conventional, four seater sports cars would give way to the wild and brash Countach and smaller, V8 engined Uracco and Jalpa that would carry the company through turbulent times in the 1980s. For a V12 Italian exotic, it’s certainly an uncommon bargain in comparison to its contemporaries.
For a truck built in such limited numbers, the Lamborghini LM002 has built up an impressive cult following over the years. In this day and age, a car like this would probably never make it past the drawing board, given the intense scrutiny given to gas mileage and C02 emissions. One could imagine the cries: “a four-seat, four wheel drive off-roader and you’re going to stick WHAT under the hood?” A Lamborghini V12? Are you mad?!?”
Well, on the brink of survival, Lamborghini did just that in the 1980s, after the initial, rear-engined Cheetah concept went no further than the concept stage. Ceasing production right before the SUV craze began, these brutes went unnoticed for a short while but now are becoming rather popular.
RARE 1990 Lamborghini LM002-America finished in OEM Gloss Black over OEM Red Leather interior. One of ONLY 48 LM002-Americas produced worldwide. With JUST 4,152 miles from new (6,698 KMS on the ODOD) this truck is as new as a used vehicle gets. This truck's first owner was the famous artist, Christian R Lassen. Included in the sale is the retail sale certificate, warranty registration card, as well as the original window sticker. Along with the "updated" newer OEM factory options exclusive to the LM002 America trucks, sale includes owner's books and USA version book, 4WD lug wrench, tinted windows, updated stereo head and speakers (in OEM locations), newer "Super Swamper" tires with spare (less than 500mi driven), OEM spare tire metal cover with insignia, and RARE OEM factory tonneau cover. All full service was completed 500mi ago. This car is in superior condition inside and out, it's that clean! A 3 stage detail was recently completed. It drives incredibly well being equipped with the upgraded "America" fuel injected Diablo motor. The AC blows ICE COLD. No accidents and a very, very late production LM-002 America. A set of OEM Scorpion "Sand Lip" tires available as well for this vehicle.
For anyone interested in learning more about this truck, Octane magazine had an excellent feature of a restored example and a British concern that is helping to keep these vehicles preserved. Worth noting is that this LM002 has new tires. The Pirelli Scorpions can be had, but if you find them, prepare to pay an eye watering amount of money for them. Given that it has new rubber and low mileage, the price is about in line with what the market is currently dictating. These are fascinating trucks and a curious example of the lunacy that Lamborghini is capable of. For all its faults, you can’t help but love it.