Lamborghini Urraco

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Lamborghini Urraco
Parent companyLamborghini
791 produced
SuccessorLamborghini Jalpa
ClassSports car
Body style(s)2+2 coupe
RelatedLamborghini Silhouette
Lamborghini Jalpa
Lamborghini Urraco side profile

The Lamborghini Urraco was a sports car manufactured by Italian automaker Lamborghini in the 1970s. It was introduced at the Turin auto show in 1970 but wasn't available to buyers until 1973.

The car was a 2+2 coupé with body designed by Marcello Gandini, at the time working for Carrozzeria Bertone. Rather than being another sports car at the highest level of performance, like the Lamborghini Miura, the Urraco was more affordable, an alternative to the contemporary Ferrari Dino and Maserati Merak.

When production ended in 1979, 791 Urracos had been built. Twenty-one of these were labelled Urraco P111 for the American market. In order to comply with American regulations, these cars had larger front bumpers and emissions controls, the latter resulting in less horsepower for the American version. The other Urraco versions were the Urraco P200, Urraco P250 and Urraco P300 with 2 litre, 2.5 litre, and 3 litre V-8 respectively.

Both the Lamborghini Silhouette, with its detachable roof panel, and its successor Lamborghini Jalpa, with a 3.5 litre V-8 engine, were based upon the Urraco.

Popular Culture

A black 1975 117 horsepower Urraco was bought in 2005 by James May for use in a Cheap Car Challenge for the British car programme Top Gear. The car was in mechanically awful condition, as evidenced when it was shown arriving at the starting point of the challenge on an AA lorry. However, both the other supercars, Richard Hammond's Ferrari 308 GT4, and Jeremy Clarkson's Maserati Merak, broke down beyond repair during the final challenge, a 60 mile drive to a nightclub in Slough, it seemed it would reach the finish line. However, the car broke down a few miles away from the club on the A4. It is believed to have been sold to a buyer in London for £5000.