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1973 - 1979 Lamborghini Urraco

1973 - 1979 Lamborghini Urraco
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With the Urraco, Ferruccio Lamborghini intended to build a more economical sports car which comes in the same price bracket as the Porsche. The Coupe 2+2 line, presented in 1970, another one of Nuccio Bertone’s whims, a new 8-cylinder engine is designed for the engine, launched on the market first with a 2.5 liter displacement and later (in 1974) with 3 liters, while a 2-liter V8 was also proposed for the Italian market.

1973 - 1979 Lamborghini Urraco
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Initially Lamborghini planned an annual production of 2,000 vehicles but, starting from 1972, only 780 Urracco, of which 520 of the P 250 version, 194 of the P 300 model and 66 P 200 for Italy were sold in ten years.

Lamborghini Urraco (translated as "little bull") made its official debut at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. It was a 2+2 coupe with body designed by Marcello Gandini, and rather than being a supercar, it was created as a competitor for models like Ferrari Dino and Maserati Merak.

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Video: Tribute to Lamborghini Urraco

Video: Tribute to Lamborghini Urraco

The Miura and the Countach might be the first supercars that come to mind when talking about classic Lamborghinis, but the Italians have built many other enticing automobiles throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Sure, none are as iconic as the Miura and the Countach, but there’s at least one nameplate that has become increasingly popular with collectors nowadays: the Urraco. Manufactured between 1973 and 1979, the Urraco was Lamborghini’s answer to the Ferrari Dino, Maserati Merak and the Porsche 911, and an entry-level proposition to the more powerful Countach. In short, it had a similar status to the Gallardo and its newly launched replacement, the Huracan.

Unlike the Countach, which carried a V-12 engine under its rear bonnet, the Urraco was motivated by a V-8 unit. At first displacing 2.0 liters, the mill was later enlarged to 2.5 and 3.0 liters for the faster P300 version. In its most powerful version, the Urraco had 247 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque traveling to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual. Of the 791 Urracos ever built, only 21 were produced for the American market. The U.S. spec featured larger bumpers, different taillights and emission control devices that decreased the 2.5-liter V-8’s power from 217 to 177 ponies.

While not as impressive as the Miura, the Urraco became Bob Wallace’s vehicle of choice to develop a successor to the radical, one-off Jota. Dubbed Rallye, the beefed-up Urraco featured a 3.0-liter V-8 uprated to 310 horsepower, a race-spec front bumper, a massive rear wing and a full roll cage. The project was eventually abandoned.

Production of the Urraco ceased in 1979, but the its platform lived on with the Silhouette and the Jalpa models throughout 1988. Because its production was affected by the oil crisis and the numerous worker strikes in Italy at the time, the Urraco is fairly rare nowadays, with well-maintained model able to fetch up to $100,000 at auctions. Not exactly impressive when compared to the amounts Miuras and Countachs change hands in the 21st century, but that doesn’t stop Gene Ondrusek from being a proud Urraco owner. Watch him drive and talk about his prized classic exotic in the video above.

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1973 - 1979 Lamborghini Urraco

1973 - 1979 Lamborghini Urraco

With the Urraco, Ferruccio Lamborghini intended to build a more economical sports car which comes in the same price bracket as the Porsche. The Coupe 2+2 line, presented in 1970, another one of Nuccio Bertone’s whims, a new 8-cylinder engine is designed for the engine, launched on the market first with a 2.5 liter displacement and later (in 1974) with 3 liters, while a 2-liter V8 was also proposed for the Italian market.

Initially Lamborghini planned an annual production of 2,000 vehicles but, starting from 1972, only 780 Urracco, of which 520 of the P 250 version, 194 of the P 300 model and 66 P 200 for Italy were sold in ten years.

Lamborghini Urraco (translated as "little bull") made its official debut at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. It was a 2+2 coupe with body designed by Marcello Gandini, and rather than being a supercar, it was created as a competitor for models like Ferrari Dino and Maserati Merak.

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