With the Urraco or P117, Ferruccio Lamborghini intended to build a more economical sports car. This 2+2 coupé was the affordable alternative to the existing Lamborghini models. Marcello Gandini of Bertone had designed the Miura and was also responsible for the Urraco's lines. The engine was a newly developed V8, which launched with a displacement of 2.5 liters and was expanded to 3 liters in 1974. A 2-liter V8 was only available in the Italian market. When production ceased in 1979 780 Urraco had been built. Our example is a rare P200, of which only 66 units were made. Delivered in May 1976 to its first owner, it came to Germany in 2008 to be restored. The car was acquired by Erwin Leo Himmel, the Chief Designer of Audi. He instructed the full restoration, and intended to give the Urraco a more contemporary look without touching the basics of the car. He asked Alois Ruf to build him a special set of his famous Ruf alloy wheels to fit on the Urraco, and had all the chrome bits painted with a mat black finish. Inside, a beautiful Nardi steering wheel was fitted, and the seats retrimmed in tasteful Naturale hide. With these small changes, the car looks extremely modern and one can't b
• Year: 1976
• Last update: 5 days old
• Mileage: 30457 mi
In the early 1970’s, Lamborghini was looking to cash in on the success of the Porsche 911 and Dino 246GT. At the time, Lamborghinis were known for their V12 engines and exotic styling. The Miura was nearing the end of production, the Countach was still in development, and the only other models in the lineup were the big four seat Espada or the 2+2 Jarama. For their “entry level” sports car, Lamborghini designed an all-new V8 engine to be mounted transversely behind the seats. The 90 degree V8 was small at just 2.5 liters, but with four belt-driven cams and Weber carburetors, it made a healthy 220 horsepower at 7500 rpm. It was also compact, cleverly designed to accommodate the accessories in the middle of the “vee”. A 5-speed transaxle put power down through the rear wheels. Unlike earlier Lamborghinis, the Urraco employed unitary construction, rather than a traditional tubular space frame. Suspension was attached via subframes that were easily removable for service. The new chassis was wrapped in an attractive Bertone body that took a few details from the Miura, but remained totally individual. The Urraco was compact, not much bigger than the Dino, but thanks to the long wheelbase
• Year: 1975
• Last update: 13 days old
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