Displacement: 3,485 cc
Horsepower: 250 bhp @ 7,000 rpm
Engine Torque: 235 ft lb @ 3,250 rpm
Top Speed: 144 mph
0 - 60 mph: 6.2 seconds
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When the Italian tractor manufacturer, Ferruccio Lamborghini, had his (probably apocryphal) fall out with Enzo Ferrari, he decided that he would build his own supercars to compete with (and hopefully better) Ferrari's. However, when Enzo came out with a 'budget' model line (albeit under a different name, 'Dino') with less than the previously 'de riguer' twelve cylinders, Ferruccio followed suit. Initially with Urraco in 1973, then the Jalpa in 1981.
A long-time California car, this particular European-delivered example is in terrific shape throughout. The Rosso Siviglia (Seville Red) coachwork is virtually unmarked and accentuates the incredible lines beautifully, whilst the superb, magnolia leather interior complements it perfectly. With its factory-installed, rear wing spoiler, it really looks like its big brother, the legendary Countach. On the road, it drives very well, with plenty of power from its recently serviced engine. The transmission shifts crisply with great synchros and the steering and brakes are more than up to the task of reining it in.
A Jalpa is a terrific first step into the world of exotic car ownership, with its striking supercar looks and great pedigree, it provides huge 'bang for the buck'. Also, with just 410 Jalpas made in total, they are far more rare than their Maranello rivals and therefore offer tremendous potential for investment, as well.