Lamborghini Silhouette

In 1970, the Lamborghini Urraco debuted at the Turin Motor Show as a direct competitor to the Porsche 911 and Ferrari Dino 246. After the sensational Miura and the big GT-class Espada, the Urraco was somewhat more affordable, featuring a mid-mounted V8, 2+2 seating and a shape designed by Marcello Gandini, who designed both the Miura and Espada. Famed test driver Bob Wallace, who had helped tune other Lamborghini suspensions, had a hand in tweaking the four-wheel independent MacPherson strut suspension. The Urraco was continuously developed during its production cycle and in its later versions included four-wheel disc brakes, leather upholstery, air conditioning and other amenities.

The Silhouette variant was Lamborghini’s first open model and debuted at Geneva in 1976. With its distinctive targa-style roof and integral roll bar, the Silhouette was intended to boost Lamborghini sales. Its unit-body structure was considerably reinforced and, with its mid-mounted V8, was a feast for the senses, with a howling exhaust note and a 7,500-rpm redline to counterbalance the Silhouette’s radically angular and muscular bodylines. Its new 15-inch magnesium wheels first appeared on the Bravo show car of 1974 and were quite similar in appearance to those of the Countach, shod with a set of sticky Pirelli P7 high-performance radial tires.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

265 bhp (DIN), 2,996 cc mid-mounted V8 engine with four twin-choke Weber carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, lower A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, struts with lower A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Harvey Smith

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