The 1970s Beauty of The Lamborghini Silhouette
The Lamborghini Silhouette P300 was made for only a few years in very small numbers. This mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car was produced from 1976 to 1979 as a more powerful successor to the Urraco. The total production run on the Silhouette was only 54 units, so it's an incredibly rare supercar. They were mostly left-hand drive, with 12 units of the run built as right-hand drive vehicles. Only 31 are currently known to still exist. RELATED: See Photos of the 1978 Lamborghini Silhouette
The Silhouette debuted at the 1976 Geneva Auto Show. It featured styling by noted Italian automotive company Carrozzeria Bertone. They designed cars for everyone from Lamborghini to Fiat to Alfa Romeo. The Silhouette was based on the Urraco, but with more angles and a targa top roof. The targa top roof was a first for Lamborghini. The car would eventually be discontinued after its small production run and evolve into the more successful Jalpa.
It featured a 3.0-liter aluminium-alloy V8 engine, which was mounted transversely behind the driver, with a 5-speed manual transmission. According to official performance figures released for the Silhouette, it did 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds and 0-100 moh in 16.1 seconds. It also had a top speed of 160 mph. Although not a success for the company, the styling and open-top layout were a big part of Lamborghini's design evolution.
RELATED: See Photos of the 1976 Lamborghini Silhouette
RELATED: See Photos of the 1977 Lamborghini Silhouette