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Lamborghini Urraco (1974)

Nov 24, 2017
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Urraro was an ambitious project. Ferruccio Lamborghini wanted this car to be sold at a rate of 2,000 units per year, which made Lamborghini the Porsche of Italy. However, hit by the energy crisis, Urraco found itself born in the wrong time. The project failed completely.

In technical view, Urraco was quite interesting. It was a mid-engined sports car, but simultaneously had 2+2 seating layout. That made it the first 2+2 mid-engined car in the world, even earlier than Ferrari 308GT4. The original car was powered by an underpowered sohc 2.5-litre V8, then upgraded to dohc 3-litre V8 and the new car was called Urraco P300 (compared with the original P250).

P300 was an excellent GT, with sensuous handling accompanied with excellent brakes. Between 1974 and 1976, only 776 Urracos were made, which was well below Lamborghini’s expectation. After that, it was modified to Silhouette (more like a Urraco with Targa roof) and eventually became the 2-seat Jalpa. What a pity a good car died in this way.


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