Lamborghini Jalpa 1987
Chassis no. ZA9JB00A2HLA12371
Rare and underappreciated Targa-top Lamborghini
•Delivered new to Canada
•Three owners and only 35,840 kilometres from new
The aim of a smaller less-expensive model to complement its V12-engined cars was realised 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 V12 used a 2.5-litre V8. A two-seater development, the Bertone-styled Silhouette, appeared in 1976 powered by the Urraco P300's four-cam, 3.0-litre V8. 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 little more than a year, a mere 52 being made, and had gone by 1978. The Urraco followed a year later, and the concept of a smaller V8-engined Lamborghini was allowed to lapse until the arrival of the Jalpa in 1982.
Based on the defunct Silhouette, the 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 255bhp, good enough to give the aerodynamic Jalpa a top speed of around 249km/h (155mph). There were a few styling changes - neater chin spoiler, subtly altered rear quarters, different wheels - while 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 1990s by which time 410 cars had been built.
This rare Targa-roof model, Jalpa, was delivered new in July 1987 via Lamborghini Autolynn in Ontario, Canada to its first owner, a Mr Rodzik, and comes with its original sales invoice. Chassis number '12371' is finished in its original and highly desirable all-black colour combination, and was delivered with the optional side skirts and paint sealing protection. In 2014, at 34,900 kilometres, the Jalpa was imported into Germany where it found its second owner, Thomas Floss, passing to the current owner in Belgium in 2015. Accident-free and believed re-sprayed only once, this fine example of a relatively under-appreciated Lamborghini model is offered with Belgian registration papers; (copy) Canadian title; German import paperwork and TüV; taxation report (2015); owner's manual; and the original service book stamped in 1988, 1989, 1990, 2008, 2009, and 2012
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